COVID report card: LI reporting more student virus cases than any other region in state

Some school districts across Long Island are seeing high absence rates amid a surge in COVID-19 cases among students.
Long Island is now reporting more coronavirus cases among students than any other region in the state, according to a COVID-19 report card released by the state.
More than 800 positive cases of COVID have been reported in the Commack School District since school started in September. Since the winter break, Commack High School has reported more than 70 students with positive cases.
The highest total of COVID cases among students on Long Island is in the Sachem school district with more than 1,200 reported cases.
The superintendent of Nassau Boards of Cooperative Educational Services say they have currently pivoted to remote learning on eight programs due to positive cases among students and staff.
"We're best when we're at full strength, all of my teachers and all of my kids in the classroom," says Dr. Robert Dillion. "It has been a very frustrating 20-plus months since we've had to remote and watch our staff and our kids every day kind of deal with this issue."