Oswego city schools to stay remote until at least Dec. 11

OSWEGO — The Oswego City School District announced Monday that its fully remote model for all students will be extended through at least Friday, Dec. 11

Superintendent Dr. Mathis Calvin III said in a letter to the Buccaneer community the move was necessary as the district continues to see an uptick in COVID-19 cases and quarantines to go along with cases rising at a rapid rate in the community.

“It is the district’s plan and desire to return to in-person instruction on Dec. 14, 2020,” Calvin wrote. “However, this return is subject to how the current pandemic progresses over the next couple of weeks.”

Calvin added that the district would communicate with families prior to Dec. 11 if a further extension to fully remote learning is required.

The district also announced Monday that the Oswego County Health Department confirmed a staff member from Oswego High School, where students have been learning remotely since the beginning of the school year, has tested positive for COVID-19. The district is unable to provide further details due to confidentiality concerns, and the health department is completing contract tracing activities.

While district buildings are closed, Dr. Calvin asked parents to ensure students are available online to receive instruction remotely during their normal time of instruction each day of the week.

Families or students needing help with access to technology equipment should reach out to their student’s school building principal for help.

OCSD officials said they would also continue to provide meals for students who need them.

Students who attend out-of-district programs like CiTi BOCES and private educational programs will continue to be transported to and attend their programs during this temporary closure. This includes all CiTi BOCES Special Education, Alternative Education and CTE programs for secondary students.

While the buildings are closed, an OCSD spokesperson said the district is planning to deep clean all school facilities and monitor district COVID-19 infection rates and will partner with the county health department on this front.

The district continues to “ask parents and guardians be vigilant with ensuring safety precautions, including maintaining social distance whenever possible, wearing a mask when in the presence of other individuals, following proper hand washing etiquette and staying home when exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms

Anyone with questions or concerns about COVID-19 exposure should contact the Oswego County Health Department COVID-19 Hotline at 315-349-3330.

Both of Calvin’s letters from Monday can be viewed in its entirety on the OCSD website, oswego.org.

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