Ellicottville schools closed through Monday after COVID-19 exposure

Monday evening, the district received word that more people had tested positive and extended the remote instruction period until Tuesday, Jan. 19.

ELLICOTTVILLE — Ellicottville Central School buildings were closed Monday after the district learned Sunday that individuals associated with the school tested positive for COVID-19.

Monday evening, the district received word that more people had tested positive and extended the remote instruction period until Tuesday, Jan. 19.

The district first went to an all-remoted instructional plan for students Monday, including CTE, New Visions and Big Picture students, to “best ensure everyone’s safety,” according to a post on the district website.

“This plan may change for CTE, New Visions and Big Picture students later this week and we will let applicable students know as soon as possible,” the post said.

In the meantime, all staff are expected to work remotely with the exception of cafeteria, maintenance and office staff, the post said. Bus drivers and teacher aides would be contacted regarding the delivery of lunches.

“We will continue delivering meals to all resident students each school day,” the post said. Buses will be departing the school at approximately 10:30 a.m. to make these deliveries. Non-resident students that would like meals may pick them up from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m at the Elementary School entrance each day.

Meanwhile, the district will be working with the Cattaraugus County Health Department to initiate contact tracing efforts.

“Please know we are committed to ensuring the safety of all students and staff,” the post said. “Again, we anticipate returning to our normal schedule on Tuesday, Jan. 19.”

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