Positive COVID-19 cases reported in at least 8 more Long Island schools
News 12 has learned at least eight more schools dealt with coronavirus cases Friday.
Of the eight, three opted to shut down affected school buildings in Longwood, Cold Spring Harbor and Copiague. Five districts, including Hewlett-Woodmere and Massapequa, left schools open.
The districts that kept their schools open say the decision was made after consulting with the Health Department.
Carmine Salamone has two granddaughters who attend Birch Lane Elementary School in Massapequa. He doesn't understand why the building was open one day after the district informed parents that someone in the building tested positive for COVID-19.
"They should have closed down. Because one get another one, the next one get the next one. And then it creates a lot of problems," says Salamone.
In the Middle Country School District, a letter from school officials says a staff member at Oxhead Road Elementary School in Centereach tested positive for COVID-19. That person was last in the building on Monday.
In addition, a student at Cold Spring Harbor Junior-Senior High School has tested positive. That's according to a letter from the superintendent which says the district has started contact tracing. The school was closed Friday as a precaution, and all classes were being held remotely.
Meanwhile in Farmingdale, parents confirmed a case in a student at Saltzman East Memorial Elementary School.
The district says those who came in contact with the student have been notified and will begin quarantining. The superintendent says the school has been cleaned and was safe to reopen.
A Longwood High School student also tested positive for COVID-19. That school was also be closed Friday so it could be cleaned.
Later on in the day Friday, Great Neck schools reported that a student at John F. Kennedy School tested positive for COVID-19. The students, their teacher and classmates have transitioned to remote instruction for 14 days.
At Babylon schools, a student with its PM program tested positive. PM students were asked to not report to the building Friday.
Late Friday, the Rocky Point Union Free School District announced a student tested positive for COVID-19. Officials say schools will open Monday and that they have been in contact with the Suffolk Department of Health. The student was not in school Friday and will quarantine.