Message from Supt. Bills: COVID-19 Testing (Article Updated with HS and Elementary Testing Registration Links)

Printable Version of Letter (sent on January 6, 2021)

January 6, 2021


Onondaga County has offered to again provide asymptomatic COVID-19 testing for our students and staff. This is consistent with the NYS Micro Cluster Zone Strategy and identical to that performed in December for “Yellow Zone”. The County can test up to 30% of our population and is at no cost to participants. All schools in the West Genesee CSD are scheduled for the testing next week. We continue to be thankful to parents for your support and to the Onondaga County Health Department for their ongoing commitment to our schools.

Similar to December, this is a way to proactively check asymptomatic individuals to decrease the risk of spread and monitor the infection rate in our schools as it relates to the community. Schools that maintain an infection rate below that of the community will continue to have in-person learning; full time or as part of a hybrid model. Here is the schedule for testing in our schools:

Tuesday, January 12
Please click here to register for a testing appointment for CMS and WGMS

  • Camillus MS: 8:00 a.m.
  • West Genesee MS: 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, January 13
Registration Information will be available soon for SR, EH, OR, ST (UPDATE on January 7: Click here to register for a testing appointment at an elementary school.)

  • Split Rock Elementary: 8:30 a.m.
  • East Hill Elementary: 8:30 a.m.
  • Onondaga Road Elementary: 10:30 a.m.
  • Stonehedge Elementary: 10:30 a.m.

Thursday, January 14
Registration Information will be available soon for WGHS  (UPDATE on January 7: Click here to register for a testing appointment for the high school.)

  • West Genesee HS: 8:00 a.m.

The testing being performed is the BinaxNow nasal swab (only collects a sample from the lower part of the nostril) that produces results in about 15 minutes.

The District continues to take precautions to protect the health and safety of its students and employees. 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.

Stay safe and healthy. And, please, if your child is experiencing any symptoms, keep them home.


David C. Bills
Superintendent of Schools