Hornell High Employee Tests Positive, But Hornell High Stays Open

October 29, 2020

From Hornell School Superintendent Jeremy Palotti:

HHS employee tests positive for COVID-19, school to remain open

An employee at Hornell High School has tested positive for COVID-19, said Superintendent Jeremy Palotti. The employee reported the information directly to the district, which allowed district officials to take immediate action.
Fortunately, the employee did not have extensive contact with students or staff this week. All contacts or possible contacts that are known did not report today. Also, the superintendent says that the area where the employee worked has been locked and shut off from access until it can be extensively cleaned.

“We are grateful that this report came directly to us from the employee as soon as the individual learned of it,” Palotti said. “This employee’s ability to share this information early allowed us to immediately trace, exclude contacts, isolate the room and safely open school today. I have been in touch with public health this morning and they support our process, our plan and the opening of school today.”

“Not all cases will work like this one and we may need to close school. Fortunately, at this time, it isn’t necessary,” he added.

Parents with questions are asked to contact the district office at 324-1302.