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2 Rush-Henrietta students diagnosed with COVID-19

Officials in the Rush-Henrietta School District say that two elementary school students have been diagnosed with COVID-19. A letter to parents says that one of these students attends Crane Elementary School, while the other is a student at Vollmer Elementary School. 

District Superintendent Lawrence Bo Wright sent a letter to district families and employees Friday evening saying that the news about the two cases "may be unsettling to some, but it is not unexpected."

He says that both students had only attended school this past Tuesday before being put into quarantine by the department of health and being tested.

The students are in isolation at home and will not return to school until they receive clearance from health officials.

Officials do not believe anyone in Rush-Henrietta schools is at risk, considering the masking and physical-distancing protocols they have in place. No one from the Rush-Henrietta schools has been identified by the department of health as having close  contact with the two students.

Wright says that Rush-Henrietta likely will encounter additional cases this year, as will school districts locally and elsewhere. He says the district is doing everything it can to mitigate the risk and minimize the spread. That includes thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting district buildings each day.

Rush-Henrietta schools will be open on Monday. Like many other area districts, Rush-Henrietta is utilizing both hybrid and remote learning models for students and families.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.