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COVID-19: The high school in the area closed after crowding on Halloween weekend



A Hudson Valley high school was forced to switch to distance learning for two weeks after several new cases of COVID-19 were linked to a massive gathering on Halloween weekend.

Nanuet Academy Director Kevin McCahill announced on Tuesday, November 3 that a large gathering over the weekend with many students attending will keep them from leaving the classroom and moving to distance learning for to at least Monday, November 16.

The nature of the meeting was not clear, although the Rockland County Health Department has linked many COVID-19 cases to the event. The number of newly confirmed cases has yet to be announced as contact tracking continues.

As of Tuesday, Nanuet was responsible for 45 of Rockland̵

7;s 884 active COVID-19 cases. Only Spring Valley (234), Monsey (189), New City (70), and Suffern (65) have more active cases in the county.

According to the New York State School District’s COVID-19 “Report Card,” 10 students in Nanuet School District tested positive for the virus, excluding new cases. No teachers or staff were infected.

Positive cases have been identified at each school in the district.

McCahill said that anyone attending the event should notify their parents and quarantine themselves immediately as contact tracing continues. Anyone who may have been exposed will be contacted by district or health officials and given quarantine instructions.

“My frustration at having to convey this message is so hard to describe,” he wrote to his parents at the closing notice. “Since the list of students who could be exposed over the weekend was so comprehensive, we were forced to immediately switch Nanuet High School to a completely virtual platform.”

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