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Middle and High School Remote Instruction November 23 & 24

Dear Clinton Families:


On Friday, we were informed of a Cohort 1 student positive COVID case in the 8th grade in the middle school, and in the 9th grade in the high school.


As of today, the Oneida County Department of Health has completed the necessary contact tracing and case analysis. The conclusion is that anyone in the classes, or otherwise exposed to those students, are considered a low risk exposure.


This alone would not necessarily trigger switching to remote; however, our team has looked at the total picture, including regional infection rates, a rise in the Clinton wastewater treatment plant COVID detection, and other factors to ultimately decide to order the middle and high schools to remote instruction for their respective cohorts:  Cohort 1 on Monday, and Cohort 2 on Tuesday. Students should be able to access the appropriate Zoom links through their Google classroom platforms. Note that the elementary school will operate normally on Monday (Cohort 1) and Tuesday (Cohort 2), including the Go Home Early Drill on Tuesday.


All schools should be prepared for normal hybrid in-person instruction upon return from the break on November 30th, barring any other phone calls I may get from the health department in the meantime.


Schools continue to be the one of the safest places to be during these challenging times, and it is because of the careful and smart way that our students, families, and staff are implementing the protective factors, such as the wearing of masks, social distancing and hand washing/disinfecting in and out of school - thank you!


Take care and be well,


Dr. Grimm