Letter from Supt. Bills: COVID Positive Information

Printable Version of Letter

November 8, 2020

Good afternoon,

The District has been contacted by the Onondaga County Health Department confirming two unrelated positive COVID-19 Coronavirus test results. The District immediately began supporting the OCHD contact tracing investigation. One is a student at Stonehedge Elementary School and the other is a district staff member.

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 for any students or staff relative to school-based interaction. It is important to remember that individuals will be contacted directly by health department officials if there is a need for further action, including any mandated quarantine. We will not communicate 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 student was last in attendance on Wednesday, November 4, 2020. The staff member was last at work on Thursday, November 5, 2020. Both individuals are currently in isolation. At the conclusion of its investigations, the Onondaga County Health Department determined a mandatory quarantine period for:

  • Eleven students and 5 staff members from Stonehedge Elementary School;
  • 5 adults who were in contact with the district staff member.

All other students and staff will continue their normal 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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