Lourdes suspends classes, sports after positive COVID-19 test – About Your Online Magazine


Lourdes closes Beacon in Wednesday’s women’s soccer game.

Poughkeepsie Journal

The Nossa Senhora de Lourdes Secondary School suspended classes and postponed all athletics on Friday after “a member of the school community” tested positive for COVID-19, athletic director Bill Kyle confirmed to the Journal.

“We canceled everything until Monday and we plan to resume on Tuesday morning,” said Kyle.

The school will undergo cleaning on the weekend and on Monday, Kyle said, administrators will discuss next steps. Kyle declined to say whether the person who tested positive was a student or employee.

Five teams from Lourdes competed on Wednesday. His university women’s soccer and tennis teams and his youth women’s tennis team visited Beacon High School. The varsity field hockey team received Hendrick Hudson and the boys’ youth soccer team received John Jay-East Fishkill.

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The Lourdes university football team was scheduled to visit Arlington ‘B’ on Friday, and the junior college football team would host Roy C. Ketcham. Three games on Saturday and Monday were canceled.

“I’ll see if we can reschedule them,” said Kyle of the altered game schedule. “We are looking at a condensed schedule with an end date of November 14, so we would like to include as many games as possible.”

Lourdes started her school year in September using a hybrid learning model with a staggered class schedule and students alternating days in the classroom. Among security measures, veteran Caroline Siegrist said, everyone was forced to walk in a single file through the corridors and receive pre-ordered lunches.

Daily temperature checks of faculty and students are carried out, sports trainer Miles Hansen said last month, adding that he and the school’s nurses are certified in COVID-19 contact tracking.

According New York State School COVID Newsletter, there are a total of 373 students and face-to-face employees in Lourdes. The website panel indicated that, until now, there have been no positive cases among students, teachers and staff in Lourdes since 8 September.

Team writer A.J.Martelli contributed to this report. Stephen Haynes: shaynes@poughkeepsiejournal.com; 845-437-4826; Twitter: @ StephenHaynes4.

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