Palermo, N.Y. — After Mexico Academy and Central School District officials learned Sunday that a staff member had tested positive for the coronavirus, they decided to temporarily not let students return to the elementary school where the staff member last worked.
Palermo Elementary will switch to remote learning for two weeks, starting Monday, the district announced in a letter.
The staff member who tested positive was last at Palermo Elementary on Thursday with no symptoms, the district said. On Sunday, the Oswego County Health Department notified the district the teacher had tested positive for Covid-19.
The health department is working to notify anyone had who had close contact with the staff member.
“Out of an abundance of caution, anyone who has had close contact with this staff member for 10 minutes or more will be required by Oswego County Health Department to quarantine for 14 days,” the district said.
Because so many Palermo Elementary staff members are expected to be in quarantine, the district opted to implement a fully-remote instructional model for two weeks, the district letter said.
Palermo Elementary is scheduled to return to in-person instruction on Nov. 9.
“When developing our reopening plan, our top priority was student and staff safety,” Interim Superintendent Michael Schiedo said in a news release. “We followed guidance from the CDC, Department of Health and Education Department to take every precaution possible. Unfortunately, with the nature of this pandemic, no one is immune, and it inevitably made its way to one of our (Mexico Academy school) family members.”
While district officials continue to work with the health department, they’re also encouraging everyone to wash their hands, practice social distancing and wear masks when social distancing is not possible.
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