***Statement from Sabatino Cimato, Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda UFSD Superintendent of Schools***
Confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been identified at Kenmore East High School, resulting in additional individuals being quarantined through the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) contact tracing process. Out of an abundance of caution, and in collaboration with ECDOH, I have made the decision for all Kenmore East students currently attending in-person instruction to transition to fully remote learning effective immediately. This affects those Kenmore East students currently participating in the self-contained special education programs.
This temporary transition to fully remote learning for Kenmore East will begin on Wednesday, November 4. This first day will remain an asynchronous day of instruction, consistent with the current hybrid/remote instructional plan. Synchronous remote instruction will begin Thursday, November 5 with all Kenmore East teachers also teaching remotely. We anticipate this shift to fully remote instruction for Kenmore East to extend through November 13, and to return to in-person instruction on November 16.
Please be aware that, in order to protect the privacy of those persons who have tested positive, we cannot release names or other personally identifiable information regarding these individuals unless advised by ECDOH.
The District has had ongoing communication with ECDOH. ECDOH will continue to conduct contact tracing and will reach out to anyone who may have had close contact with any individual who has tested positive. All individuals contacted are expected to comply with all instructions given by ECDOH, including any requirement to quarantine for a designated period of time.
It is important to understand that this decision was made out of an abundance of caution, and resulting from the sudden uptick in confirmed COVID-19 cases involving and/or impacting our Kenmore East community.