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Letter Regarding Positive COVID-19 Case KAKIAT

Dear East Ramapo Central School District Families and School Community,

Friday, March 26, 2021, the East Ramapo Central School District received information that an individual who was at Kakiat
STEAM Academy tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Following state-approved protocols, the District
immediately notified the small group of individuals who had interacted with this person. The District also notified the
Rockland County Department of Health and has started the contact tracing process.

If the Rockland County Department of Health indicates there is anything further that needs to occur at the district level, we
will provide you with an update. Per HIPAA Regulations, the East Ramapo Central School District is unable to disclose
any personal details about the tested person. The District has and will continue to follow all CDC and Health Department
guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting our schools and buses.
We must continue to be vigilant in following health protocols and mitigation standards, including face-covering, social
distancing and hand washing. We should all be aware of the symptoms of COVID-19, including fever or chills, cough,
shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat,
congestion, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. Additional information about COVID-19 can be found at

We are grateful for this individual’s immediate notification to the District. We also appreciate the incredible work and
partnership of the Rockland County Department of Health and the work ERCSD Leadership is doing to keep us as safe as
possible. Questions related to potential exposure, testing, contact tracing or quarantining should be directed to the RCDOH
at (845) 238-1956 or by emailing

We continue to work to ensure that all necessary precautionary steps are being taken to keep students and staff healthy. The
health of our students, families, and staff is our top priority.

Ray Giamartino, Jr.
Dr. Ray Giamartino, Jr.
Interim Superintendent of Schools