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Springs School Covid Testing Shows Zero Positives

Mon, 02/08/2021 - 10:46
Covid-19 tests were administered on Wednesday at the Springs School.
Durell Godfrey

In the first of two rounds of Covid-19 testing at the Springs School, there were no positive results, the school district announced Monday.

According to Debra Winter, the superintendent, 55 tests were administered on Wednesday in partnership with Suffolk County. Of those, 22 were students, 27 were teachers or teaching assistants, and six were other staff members.

Ms. Winter said the district needs about 50 additional parents to register their children for the tests, which are voluntary and free.

"We are trying to show we do not have any asymptomatic individuals in our building with Covid," she said in a message to The Star.

According to the School Covid Report Card, a statewide database of school virus case counts that is updated daily, Springs has had 41 cases among students and staff since the start of school in September. Of those, 34 have been students. The database was most recently updated on Friday with data from Thursday.

To sign up for tests, Springs parents can contact the school nurse's office in advance. The school phone number is 631-324-0144. Parents can also simply take their children to the school’s side door, near the gym, on Wednesday between 10 a.m. and noon or between 1 and 3 p.m.

"I'm grateful to the Suffolk County Department of Health for their support. This would not be possible without our dedicated school nurses, who volunteered to be trained and test our students and staff," Ms. Winter said.

Also Monday, the principal of the East Hampton Middle School announced there has been another case of Covid-19 diagnosed in a student. This student was in the sixth grade "A" group, said Charles Soriano, the principal. "We do not need to quarantine anyone at this time," he said in an email to families.

The state's school Covid database shows 20 cases of the virus among students and staff at the middle school, though that number does not include cases reported on Friday and Monday.

East Hampton's data shows there have been 79 cases at East Hampton High School and 52 cases at the John M. Marshall Elementary School. On Friday, Karen Kuneth, the interim elementary school principal, said in an email to families that a third grader had tested positive for the virus.

"After our investigation, it was determined that four students will need to quarantine based on interactions that occurred outside of the regular school day," Ms. Kuneth wrote.

The state database shows the Montauk School has had 21 cases of Covid-19, the Amagansett School eight, Sag Harbor 25, and Bridgehampton 29. The Wainscott School has had four, and the Sagaponack School has not reported any cases among staff or students.


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