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Nov. 24, 2020: Four schools in state's yellow zone

On Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District Superintendent Peter Smith sent the following letter via SchoolMessenger to J-D families and staff.

Dear J-D families and staff,

On Monday, Nov. 23, Gov. Andrew Cuomo expanded Onondaga County’s yellow zone designations to include four Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District schools: J-D High School, J-D Middle School, Tecumseh Elementary School and Jamesville Elementary School. 

At this time, we are asking for your help in keeping our schools open. For these schools to continue in-person instruction, the state requires 20% of the in-person students and staff in each building to be tested for COVID-19 within two weeks of the zone designation. 

If 20% do not consent to be tested, the school must shift to remote instruction for all students until the state removes the zone designation. 

The Onondaga County Health Department will work with the district to implement testing, which will be the BinaxNOW shallow nasal swab that collects a sample from the lower part of the nostril, not the more intrusive traditional COVID-19 test. 

If your student is a hybrid learner and attends one of the four schools above, we ask that you complete this survey by 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, to let us know if you would be comfortable with your student participating in this testing. 

Parents and guardians will also need to register their student for the testing, which will be offered at no cost, and that information will be forthcoming. 

If the testing results reveal that a school’s positivity rate among the 20% tested is lower than the yellow zone’s current 7-day positivity rate, testing at that school will no longer be required.

I will be communicating directly with our Moses DeWitt Elementary School families as that school falls with an orange zone, which has a different set of requirements to allow for in-person instruction to continue. That communication will be shared on our website. 

We are hopeful that we will be able to continue to provide in-person instruction for any of our students whose families chose that option. I appreciate your support and will continue to share information via SchoolMessenger and on our website as we learn more. If you have questions, please 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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