Positive Case & Shift to Remote Learning for Grades 6-12 (Thurs. 12/10)

December 9, 2020

Dear Cairo-Durham Families,

Today the District received confirmation that a high school student tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was last present in school on Monday, December 7th.

We are anticipating a shortage of staff at the high school due to precautionary quarantines, therefore Grades 6-12 must shift to remote learning starting on Thursday, December 10th. Due to the length of the quarantines, remote instruction will continue until the holiday recess and in-person classes will resume on Monday, January 4, 2021. Although exposure at the middle school was limited to one staff member, the District decided to include Grades 6-8 out of an abundance of caution. Grades 6-8 will no longer participate in the computer-based testing simulation on Thursday, 12/10, and will follow a regular bell schedule. Grades K-5 are not affected and will continue to participate in regular instruction as planned. Please be reminded that free breakfast and lunch are available for all students, K-12. Meals can be delivered (contact the main office to sign up).

We have been in communication with the Greene County Department of Health to conduct contact tracing and notify any students or staff who need to quarantine as a precaution. We encourage you to offer your full cooperation if you are contacted by a representative of the county health department or our school district. If you are not contacted by a representative, there is no further action needed on your part.

For Grades 6-12 hybrid students, the rest of December will be similar to virtual Wednesdays from the first quarter. There will be virtual classes Monday through Friday. Special education classes (12:1:1) will be in person and the Media Center will be available for students who need internet access every day (M-F).

CTE students will have the opportunity to attend their programs in person and participate in their morning/afternoon classes virtually. Transportation to/from school and BOCES will be provided. When students arrive at Cairo-Durham High School (either morning or afternoon), they will be directed to an assigned location to log into their morning/afternoon classes.

Out-of-district placements and full day programs (i.e., Tech Valley, New Visions, out-of-district special education) will have attendance and transportation, as usual.

We understand the inconvenience of a sudden shift to remote learning. Please remember, our COVID positive cases have not been due to school spread but due to spread in the community. Please be vigilant about following safety guidelines and protocols inside and outside of school. We each play an important part in maintaining a healthy environment that allows school buildings to remain open for in-person learning. We must continue working together to keep our community safe and support our students during these challenging times. If you have questions or need assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to the schools or email your child’s principal.

Sincerely,

Michael Wetherbee
Superintendent of Schools

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