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Letter Regarding Positive COVID-19 Case

November 11, 2020

Dear East Ramapo Central School District Families and School Community, 

On the evening of Wednesday, November 11, 2020,  the East Ramapo Central School District received notification that an individual at Margetts Elementary School tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The investigation has begun and will continue Thursday, November 12, 2020. For this reason, all Margetts Elementary School students and staff will engage in remote (at-home) learning on Thursday November 12, 2020. 

The District will provide updates based on recommendations from The Rockland County Department of Health. 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 handwashing. 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.  Please note that any 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