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9-15 COVID-19 Update from the Superintendent

COVID -19 Update from the Superintendent

Dear Families: 

The health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority. With that in mind, the purpose of this letter is to inform you that an individual at the Orchard Park Middle School, last present on September 14th, has tested positive for COVID-19.

The Erie County Department of Health (DOH) has been notified and is taking further steps. The affected individual has been isolated and the DOH is identifying and contacting those individuals identified as close contacts by the DOH. 

We are working with the health department and are taking all recommended steps to ensure the safety of our students and staff. Steps we are implementing in cooperation with the DOH include the following:

  • This individual and any individuals identified by the health department as being close contacts will be expected to follow the DOH’s quarantine/isolation guidelines and will not return to school until they have completed the quarantine/isolation procedures for COVID-19 as directed by the Erie County Department of Health.
  • Rest assured, that on a nightly basis our school buildings and buses are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. 

The District cannot release any further details due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Health Insurance Portability & Accounting Act (HIPAA) requirements. However, we will provide further updates if additional steps need to be taken by the District.  Please continue to monitor your child for symptoms and have him/her stay home if they are sick. In addition, please contact your child’s healthcare provider if they develop symptoms or if you have any additional questions or concerns. More information on the symptoms of COVID-19 can be found at or on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website

If you have questions regarding the information in this letter, please contact us.


Matthew McGarrity
Superintendent of Schools