COVID Case at the Elementary School
November 3, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians,
We learned late today that an elementary school teacher has tested positive for COVID-19.
Due to privacy laws, we are not able to share the identity of the individuals or share details of their case. We are working in coordination with the Oneida County Health Department to conduct an investigation and contact any students or staff members who may have been exposed.
Upon learning about the positive test result, students in the classroom were isolated and the parents of the directly impacted students were contacted to take them home, and the teacher left the building. At this time, I do not anticipate a disruption to our hybrid in-person instruction for Cohort 2 later this week, Thursday, as there is time tomorrow to work with the Department of Health to understand the total impact on the school community before making a final decision.
In addition, we are also doing the following:
- notifying individuals that may have come in contact with this individual so they can self monitor for symptoms
- conducting necessary additional sanitization and cleaning
- communicating with the health department for further direction
We ask that you continue to follow the following guidelines from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to protect your health and the health of those around you:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Put six feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others.
- Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit.
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
- Monitor your health daily.
If you or someone in your household exhibits COVID-19 symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider immediately.
The safety and well-being of our students, staff and community are our number one priority. If you were someone who was in close proximity to this individual, you will be notified by health officials, who will provide further guidance.
If you have questions regarding the COVID-19 virus, please visit or call:
Oneida County: Visit https://ocgov.net/health/coronavirus or call 315-798-5431
Herkimer County: Visit www.herkimercounty.org/ or call 315-867-1351
Madison County: Visit www.madisoncounty.ny.gov/2479/Coronavirus-COVID-19 or call the Upstate University Hospital triage line at 315-464-3979
New York State Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline: 888-364-3065
We recognize that this message is likely to cause concern in our community; however, I want you to know that our public health agencies have been outstanding partners throughout this entire situation. We join them in emphasizing the necessity of sharing information and acting with precaution throughout these extraordinary circumstances.
We will continue to keep you informed to the greatest extent possible.
The most current and accurate information about the coronavirus can be found at www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus
Again, thank you for your cooperation, understanding and support as we all work together to navigate this time.
Dr. Steve Grimm
Superintendent of Schools