October 12, 2020
Dear parents and guardians,
On Sunday, October 11, 2020, the District was notified by the Onondaga County Health Department that a Split Rock Elementary student tested positive for COVID-19 Coronavirus. The District immediately began supporting the OCHD contact tracing investigation. That investigation is ongoing.
The student impacted was last in attendance on Monday, October 5, 2020. The Onondaga County Health Department is in the process of identifying and, along with District personnel, notifying individuals considered to be close contacts of the student who tested positive. It is important to remember that you will be contacted directly by health department officials if there is a need for further action, including that of a mandated quarantine. We will not communicate personally identifiable information regarding the student per confidentiality of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) laws for students and provisions of Health Insurance Portability And Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
The student is in isolation. Currently, ten Split Rock students and three staff members are required to quarantine as a result of the county’s ongoing investigation. All contacts required to quarantine have been notified by District personnel and will be notified directly by the Onondaga County Health Department. The quarantine will end 14 days after the day of exposure. Health officials will provide specific dates and related information pending the outcome of their investigation.
All other Split Rock Elementary School students and staff will continue their normal schedule of in-person learning on Tuesday, October 13, 2020.
The District’s custodial staff will continue its regular deep cleaning and sanitizing practices.
We ask that families 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
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- 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