GJSD student tests negative for coronavirus

JOHNSTOWN — Greater Johnstown School District Superintendent William Crankshaw sent a second letter to parents Wednesday indicating results came back negative for COVID-19 for a suspected case at Johnstown Junior-Senior High School.

Crankshaw indicated the results came back from a case on Tuesday. He said those placed on preemptive quarantine have been released and told that they may resume in-person instruction and learning “immediately.”

“We appreciate the understanding and cooperation from our families during these very difficult times and acknowledge the strain and inconvenience placed on each family, and especially our students,” the superintendent wrote.

Reached Wednesday, Crankshaw said the Johnstown school system continues to work “closely” with the Fulton County Public Health Department on COVID-19 issues.

He said it is “inevitable” with the present uptick in cases, the district may end up going to a “hybrid at home” way of instruction full time. He said that may involve teachers and staff still at the school buildings, but teaching kids at home remotely.

He said that might especially come true if there’s a continued uptick in coronavirus cases.

In the letter to parents, Crankshaw said that at a “future date” the district may need to determine if one or more school buildings needed to be closed, or at least used for hybrid instruction.

Anyone with questions can call district COVID Coordinator Ruthie Cook or Crankshaw at (518) 762-4611


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