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Nov. 29, 2020: Testing for yellow zone schools scheduled; registration required

On Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District Superintendent Peter Smith sent the following letter via SchoolMessenger to families and staff members of J-D schools within Onondaga County's yellow zone. 

Dear J-D families and staff,

We have worked out a plan with Onondaga County to conduct the state-required COVID-19 testing this week for staff and students participating in hybrid instruction at each of our schools in the county’s designated yellow zones. 

If we reach the 20 percent required threshold for testing at each yellow zone school, those schools will be able to remain open for in-person instruction. If 20 percent of the staff and in-person students at a particular school do not register for testing, that school must shift to remote instruction for all students until the state removes the zone designation. 

Testing is voluntary, and parents and guardians may be present for the test, but it is not required. Please help keep our schools open for in-person instruction, and take a few minutes to register with the county using this registration link. You must identify the testing site as the school your child attends, and staff should choose the school where they are primarily based. 

Testing will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis until the requisite number of tests have been spoken for in a particular school building. 

Remote students will not be tested as the zone designation requires only those students and staff members attending school in-person to be tested. 

The yellow zone designation is not impacting our schools’ ability to remain open for in-person instruction. Each school—with the exception of Moses DeWitt Elementary School, which is in an orange zone—will follow its regular hybrid instructional schedule on Monday, Nov. 30. Moses DeWitt only is shifting to remote instruction on Nov. 30. Separate communication has been emailed to those families and staff. 

Testing is planned for the following dates and times. Only students and staff members registered with the county and in attendance that day may be selected for the random testing. 

Tuesday, Dec. 1 (Student groups A, C and D)

  • Tecumseh Elementary School: 12-1:50 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 3 (Student groups B, C and D)

  • Jamesville Elementary School: 8:30-9:45 a.m.
  • J-D High School: 8:30-11:20 a.m.
  • J-D Middle School: 8:30-11:35 a.m.

The tests are shallow nasal swabs, and they will be administered at no cost as the county has supplied each school. Results are known within 15-20 minutes. Anyone with a positive result will be sent home. If a school’s testing results reveal that the school’s positivity rate among the 20 percent tested is lower than the yellow zone’s current 7-day positivity rate, testing at that school will no longer be required. 

We are hopeful that we will have enough students and staff members registered and that we will only have to go through this process once. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me or your child’s principal. 


Peter Smith




Dr. Peter Smith, Superintendent

P.O. Box 606
DeWitt, NY 13214

Phone: (315) 445-8300

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