After a lengthy discussion at last week’s meeting, the Marlboro Board of Education voted 4 – 3 to remain closed immediately following the Thanksgiving break, providing a period of isolation to help curtail the spread of COVID-19 within the community.
Board members who voted to close after Thanksgiving were John Cantone, Joann Reed, Karen Brooks and Michael Connors, while Frank Milazzo, John Marro and James Mullen voted to remain open.
In a letter following the board vote, Superintendent Michael Brooks wrote that, “Beginning on Tuesday, December 1st through Friday, December 4th, all students will move to fully online learning. There will be no in-person learning that week but In-person learning will resume on Tuesday, December 8.”
Brooks noted that this pause, “is a recommended good practice from the Department of Health. It is our hope that you will all enjoy the Thanksgiving break with your loved ones and return to school after this period of isolation to help minimize the potential for the spread of COVID-19.”
Brooks reminded everyone to continue following good health and hygiene practices during the break, including washing hands, wearing a mask, and ensuring proper social distancing. He pointed out that these simple practices will help the school district and the town, “as we see the number of covid-19 infections rise around us.”
In the face of a new uptick in COVID cases, the State of New York has imposed new restrictions. Bars, restaurants, and gyms, as well as any State Liquor Authority-licensed establishment, must close in-person service from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily. Indoor and outdoor gatherings at private residences will be limited to no more than 10 people. Additionally, Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan announced that, effective Monday, Nov. 23, the county would significantly limit access to Ulster County Government Buildings, with the Department of Motor Vehicles open by appointment only.
As of Sunday, Nov. 22, Ulster County was reporting a total of 2998 COVID cases, including 505 active cases, 99 fatalities and 2394 recoveries. In Marlborough, there were 28 active cases, 212 confirmed cases and 15 fatalities to date. Plattekill reported 49 active cases, 242 confirmed cases and 7 fatalities, while Lloyd reported 32 active cases, 212 confirmed and 3 fatalities.