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Dec. 1, 2020: Tecumseh student tests positive for COVID-19; school remains open

On Dec. 1, 2020, Jamesville-DeWitt Central School Superiintendent Peter Smith sent the following letter via SchoolMessenger to J-D families and staff.

Dear Jamesville-DeWitt families and staff,

Today, Tuesday, Dec. 1, one student tested positive during COVID-19 testing at Tecumseh Elementary.

The health department is in the process of identifying and notifying individuals who were in close contact with this student. In the meantime, we contacted the families of students who are identified as close contacts.  This exposure is limited to one classroom so we will continue with in-person instruction at Tecumseh.  

The student who tested positive, and any other students and staff members that the county determines were exposed, will not return to school until the county 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. 

If you are not contacted by the health department but would still like to schedule a COVID-19 test, please visit this website to find a testing location near you. If your child is exhibiting symptoms or has been out of school due to illness, please refer to the guidance in the New York State Department of Health Pre-K to Grade 12 COVID-19 Toolkit to determine if they can attend school or return to school. 

We continue to thoroughly clean and disinfect all our buildings, as well as our buses, in accordance with guidance from the state Department of Health and the CDC. Information on our cleaning and health and safety protocols can be found in the district’s reopening plan.

Please continue to practice and encourage good hand-washing hygiene, wear face masks and practice social distancing. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me or Tecumseh Elementary Principal Tokinma Killins.


Peter Smith



Dr. Peter Smith, Superintendent

P.O. Box 606
DeWitt, NY 13214

Phone: (315) 445-8300

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