Dec. 10, 2020: County to test Moses DeWitt students and staff bi-weekly for COVID-19
Onondaga County notified the Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District that it needs to hold another school-based testing event Tuesday, Dec. 15, at Moses DeWitt Elementary School as part of New York state’s orange zone COVID-19 testing requirements for schools.
“I realize this news may be frustrating as we thought we were done testing at Moses DeWitt until January,” Superintendent Peter Smith said. “I appreciate everyone’s patience and flexibility as we work with the county to sift through the ongoing updates to health and safety requirements for our schools.”
The county received updated guidance from the state Department of Health stating that schools in an orange zone must test 10 percent of the school’s in-person students and staff bi-weekly for COVID-19, rotating student groups each week. On Nov. 23, the neighborhood that includes Moses DeWitt was identified as an orange zone, meaning that area is experiencing a microcluster of COVID-19 cases.
If the county does not test the requisite number of staff and students, the state requires that the school shift to remote learning for all students.
The tests, which are being provided to the district by the county, will be the BinaxNOW shallow nasal swab, not the more intrusive traditional COVID-19 test. Results will be available in about 15 minutes. Anyone testing positive will be sent home.
At this time, Moses DeWitt will continue to offer in-person instruction following its regular hybrid schedule.
“Our goal is to keep everyone healthy while providing a challenging educational experience in a safe environment, and I am thankful for your ongoing support and willingness to pivot with us throughout this pandemic,” Smith said.