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Nov. 25, 2020: Moses DeWitt shifts to remote learning for Monday, Nov. 30; county to test school's hybrid students and staff at school on Tuesday, Dec. 1, and Thursday, Dec. 3

On Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District Superintendent Peter Smith sent the following letter via SchoolMessenger to Moses DeWitt Elementary School families and staff.

Dear Moses DeWitt families and staff,

We have worked out a plan with Onondaga County to conduct the state-required orange zone COVID-19 testing at Moses DeWitt Elementary School on Tuesday, Dec. 1, and Thursday, Dec. 3, for those staff and students participating in hybrid instruction. 

Remote students will not be tested as the orange zone designation requires only those students and staff members wishing to attend school in-person to receive a negative COVID-19 result from a test taken on or after Nov. 26. 

Because testing will not begin until Tuesday, Dec. 1, Moses DeWitt will shift to remote instruction for all students on Monday, Nov. 30. At this time, all other Jamesville-DeWitt schools will follow their regular hybrid instructional schedule on Nov. 30. 

To be tested at the school next week, Moses Dewitt students and staff must be registered with the county using this registration link.

Students in hybrid groups A, C and D must register for Tuesday, Dec. 1, to attend school that day. Group B students must register for Thursday, Dec. 3. Student appointments begin at 8:40 a.m.

Staff should select Tuesday, Dec.1, and appointments will start at 7:45 a.m. Because the state allows staff to be in the building prior to in-person instruction resuming, staff should plan to report to Moses DeWitt on Monday unless they have childcare issues or another matter they have discussed with the building principal.

Any staff and students not registered with the county for a test at the school or able to present proof of a negative COVID-19 result from a test administered on or after Nov. 26 will be sent home. We can accept test results from a health care provider if the test is administered on or after Nov. 26, but we recommend that for record-keeping purposes students and staff take part in the county’s on-site testing. 

The tests are shallow nasal swabs and results are known within 15-20 minutes. They will be administered at no cost. Anyone with a positive result will be sent home. Parents may accompany their children into the building for the test if they wish, but it is not required. If staying for the test, please do not park in the dropoff loop in front of the school. 

Again, please keep an eye out for the link to register for testing.  If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me or Moses DeWitt Principal Mary Sylvester. 


Peter Smith




Dr. Peter Smith, Superintendent

P.O. Box 606
DeWitt, NY 13214

Phone: (315) 445-8300

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