Haldane Superintendent Tests Positive

Also, some Garrison students quarantine

Haldane Superintendent Philip Benante said on Tuesday (Jan. 19) that he was quarantining after testing positive for COVID-19. 

In an email to parents, Benante said he was tested after being informed on Saturday (Jan. 16) that he had contact outside school with a person who tested positive. Anyone he was in direct contact with at Haldane on Jan. 14 or 15 has been notified, Benante said.

“I share this information with you in the spirit of remaining candid about my absence from campus,” he wrote. “My symptoms are very mild thus far.”

On Sunday (Jan. 17), the Garrison School announced that some students in the fourth, fifth, seventh and eighth grades would quarantine for 10 days because an employee at the school had tested positive.

As of Jan. 22, according to the State COVID Report Card, Haldane had reported 18 students and 10 teachers/staff who had tested positive; Garrison reported four students and five teachers/staff; and Beacon reported 58 students and 31 teachers/staff.

2 thoughts on “Haldane Superintendent Tests Positive

  1. Haldane superindendent failed to respect Pandemic Protocol. I yearn for the kids under his “supervision”; their illnesses are symptoms of his and his school board’s neglect.

  2. What a horrible comment from someone who lives far outside the district, utterly uninformed of the thorough job Dr. Benante has been doing. I feel Dr. Benante and the staff under his leadership have been excellent communicators, and have keep our schools open and safe while other districts are more often closed.

    I wish Dr. Benante a speedy recovery. I’m certain the great majority of residents would do the same.

    I also ask the Highlands Current to include the town of each author when publishing comments. While more work for the paper, this additional information will give your readers critical context to understand the response.