Sunday, September 20, 2020

COVID-19 case reported at Bolivar-Richburg school- classes are canceled for Monday Sept. 21, 2020

Dear Bolivar-Richburg CSD Parents/Guardians:

We are writing to notify you that we have been informed by the Allegany County Department of Health that a student(s) or staff member(s) has been diagnosed with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This person was on school premises and did have direct exposure with other members of our school community. As a school district our number one priority is the health and safety of all our students and staff. We will be updating parents and staff via the school website, global connect calls, and social media as we learn more information.

The Bolivar-Richburg Central School District will be closed Monday September 21, 2020 to allow our custodial staff to deep-clean the buildings prior to returning to regular in-person instruction on Tuesday, September 22, 2020.

We are working closely with the Allegany County Health Department to identify anyone who had close contact with the person to determine if they might have been exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. If you or your child are identified as having been potentially exposed, the Allegany County Health Department will contact you to ask that you please stay home and monitor for symptoms of cough, shortness of breath, or a temperature higher than 100.4F, and practice social distancing for 14 days from your last contact. If you are not contacted by the health department, you do not need to stay home or exclude yourself from activities at this time.

Parents should continue to monitor their child’s health and the health of their families for COVID-19 symptoms. Children with COVID-19 generally have mild, cold-like symptoms, such as fever, runny nose, and cough. Vomiting and diarrhea have also been reported in some children. Children with certain underlying medical conditions, such as chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma, serious heart conditions, or weak immune systems, might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Contact your child's healthcare provider regarding any concerns.

People without symptoms do not need to seek care or be tested. Those who become ill should contact their healthcare provider. Their doctor, in consultation with public health officials, will determine appropriate care and whether testing is necessary. If your child has been exposed to or diagnosed with COVID-19, please report this to your school. This information will be kept confidential.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please reach out to your primary physician, your school nurse, our district offices at (585) 928-2937, or the Allegany County Department of Health at (585) 268-9250.

We appreciate all your assistance in trying to keep everyone healthy during these times.


Michael A. Retzlaff,

Superintendent of School