Nov. 23 Community AnnouncementHello everyone. Over the weekend I was notified via the COVID hotline that three students tested positive. Two fourth grade students and one elementary student. We conducted contact tracing last night and contacted parents and staff who need to quarantine. If you did not hear from us, your child was not impacted.
Since we had two cases in fourth grade, the entire fourth grade staff is in quarantine. Therefore, 4th grade will be taught remotely starting Monday, Nov. 30 to Friday, Dec. 4. In-person instruction for 4th grade will resume on Monday, Dec. 7. Once again, 4th grade only, will be remote for the entire week after the Thanksgiving break with in-person instruction resuming on Dec. 7.
5th grade was not impacted by these cases and school will resume for 5th grade on Monday, Nov. 30, along with the rest of the school district.
All of our school cases have been the result of community spread. The testing data provided by all the schools in yellow zones shows that schools are one of the safest places to be during this pandemic. Our challenge as a community is keeping it out of the schools. We can only accomplish this by being ultra-careful during the holiday season. COVID is much more prevalent now than it ever was when everything was shut down last school year.
Keep your circle small, only go out when necessary, if you develop symptoms get tested, and if your family has a covid case, and please call the COVID Hotline ASAP. The number is 315-209-2307 call anytime, day or night, you must leave a message, and I will get back to you. The sooner we know, the sooner we can react to keep everyone safe.
There is reason to be optimistic as the trial vaccines show a lot of promise and a return to normal life is around the corner. Until, then, stay vigilant, stay safe, and together, we can keep the school house doors open.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone.
-Superintendent James Froio