Letter from Supt. Bills: COVID Positive Information-WGMS

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November 15, 2020

Good evening,

The District has been contacted by the Onondaga County Health Department confirming a positive COVID-19 Coronavirus test results involving an individual at West Genesee Middle School (Grades 5 and 6). The District immediately began supporting the OCHD contact tracing investigation.

The Onondaga County Health Department has a process to identify and notify individuals considered to be close contacts of a person who tests positive. District personnel assist in the health department’s investigation and subsequent communication for any students or staff relative to school-based interaction, including that of mandatory quarantines. Health Department officials follow that contact with official documentation, as applicable. Note: we will not provide personally identifiable information regarding any employees nor students per confidentiality with respect to personnel and provisions of Health Insurance Portability And Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) or Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA).

The individual testing positive was last in attendance on Tuesday, November 10, 2020. At the conclusion of the investigation, a mandatory quarantine period was determined for 15 students and 1 staff member from West Genesee Middle School.

WGHS remains in a previously communicated remote only setting and all other students and staff will continue their regular schedule of in-person learning.

As a reminder, the District’s cleaning staff will continue its regular deep cleaning and sanitizing practices.

Families should continue to monitor for symptoms. As a reminder, per the CDC, COVID-19 symptoms include but are not limited to:

  • Fever 100.0 F or greater / or chills
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea or Vomiting

Please see our school nurses’ health resources as listed on westgenesee.org for information and procedures.

The District continues to take precautions to protect the health and safety of its students and employees. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and communicate updates, if necessary. We appreciate your support and understanding on this matter. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your school health office, main office, or the WGCSD District Office.


David C. Bills
Superintendent of Schools
West Genesee CSD

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