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Sept. 13, 2020: Jamesville Elementary start delayed to Sept. 15

On Sept.13, Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District Superintendent Peter Smith sent the following letter to district staff and families.

Dear Parents and Staff: 

Today, September 13, 2020 the Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District was informed that a student who attends Jamesville Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19.  

As per New York State Education Department and Department of Health guidelines, the district took immediate steps to isolate the situation and is working closely with the Onondaga County Health Department and following all guidance provided by it. 

The county will take the lead role in any further steps that may be necessary, such as contact tracing and additional testing. In the event that you are contacted by a health department representative, we encourage you to offer your complete cooperation.

In addition to taking immediate steps to isolate the individual, the district will also deep clean and sanitize any potentially impacted area as per health department and U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. As a result of this need, Jamesville Elementary School will be closed on Monday, September 14 and it will open on Tuesday, September 15.   If there is another direct impact on your child, such as transportation or your own child’s class(es), you will be contacted directly by the district.

While I fully understand you would like additional details, we are not permitted by privacy laws to identify the student involved and have provided as much information as possible. Should you have particular questions or concerns, you may wish to contact the county health department at (315) 435-3236. 

In these challenging times, rest assured that the district’s priority is protecting the health, welfare and safety of students and staff while complying with any government orders and guidance related to the opening of schools. 

I appreciate your understanding of the situation.


Peter Smith

Superintendent of Schools 



Dr. Peter Smith, Superintendent

P.O. Box 606
DeWitt, NY 13214

Phone: (315) 445-8300

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