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Sept. 24, 2020: Moses DeWitt student tests positive for COVID-19

Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District Superintendent Peter Smith sent the following letter via SchoolMessenger to families on Sept. 24, 2020, regarding a Moses DeWitt Elementary School student testing positive for COVID-19.

Dear Jamesville-DeWitt families and staff,

We were advised today, Sept. 24, 2020, that a Moses DeWitt Elementary School student tested positive for COVID-19. We immediately contacted the Onondaga County Health Department, which initiated an investigation. The student was last in attendance on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. 

The county health department is in the process of identifying and notifying individuals considered to be in close contact with the student who tested positive. If you are not contacted by the health department but would still like to be tested, please visit this website to find a testing location near you.

After consulting with the health department, we decided that our schools can remain open at this time. Students in the impacted classroom will move to remote learning until October 6. Families in that classroom have already been contacted.   

The student who tested positive, and any other students, faculty, and staff who were exposed, will not return to school until the Onondaga County Health Department provides clearance for them to do so. We hope you understand that due to privacy laws, we cannot provide any additional information about the student who tested positive or about those who may have been exposed. In addition to following the county health department’s recommendations, we will continue to deep clean and sanitize our school buildings and school buses on a daily basis.

Please continue to practice and encourage good hand-washing hygiene, wear face masks and practice social distancing. If you or a family member start to exhibit symptoms of the virus, please reach out to your physician and inform the appropriate school nurse. 

In these challenging times, rest assured that the district’s priority is to protect the health, welfare and safety of our students and staff while complying with any government orders and guidance. Let’s all continue to work together to stay healthy, so our schools can remain open.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me or your child’s building principal.


Peter Smith




Dr. Peter Smith, Superintendent

P.O. Box 606
DeWitt, NY 13214

Phone: (315) 445-8300

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