Clarkstown students warned: Don't get on the party boat
Clarkstown's high school principals have a message for students planning a boating excursion: If you go aboard, you're going into quarantine.
Emails sent by Clarkstown North Principal Harry Leonardatos and Clarkstown South Principal Debra Tarantino to families Thursday stated they had received information that "there are indications that students will be congregating in large groups on this trip and may not be socially distancing."
The principals' statement continues: "Although this trip is supposed to be taking place outside of school hours, these actions could pose a safety concern for the school community. Please know that if your child attends this boat trip, they must quarantine for 14 days before returning to school."
The email contained no details about who was planning the outing or when or where the boat would be sailing, although it may be part of a homecoming tradition. School officials did not immediately return a message seeking comment.
Clarkstown's high schools are operating on a hybrid model, split between in-person and virtual student attendance.
Clarkstown North on Congers Road falls within New City's 10956 ZIP code, which on Thursday had the 11th highest COVID-19 positive testing rate in New York state, with 3% of those tested over a seven-day period showing the virus.
There were 40 active coronavirus cases in the 10956 ZIP code as of Friday.
Clarkstown South on Demarest Mill Road falls within the West Nyack ZIP code, which had four active cases.
Last summer, Clarkstown was hit with a cluster of COVID-19 cases that grew out of three parties attended by people in their early 20s.
"It is good to see that the school district is supportive of the necessary public health efforts that are required to end this pandemic," said John Lyon, spokesman for Rockland County Executive Ed Day. "We remind residents that there are cases in every community in Rockland. To prevent the further spread of this disease residents need to stay at least 6 feet apart from other people in both indoor and outdoor spaces."
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