Syracuse, N.Y. — Students in the region’s largest district are still learning from home, but teachers at two schools have tested positive for Covid-19.
A teacher at Clary Middle School and a teacher at Corcoran High School have both tested positive for Covid-19, according to the state’s Covid-19 report card and the union that represents Syracuse teachers and staff.
The teacher at Clary Middle School was working from home for personal reasons, said Bill Scott, president of the Syracuse Teachers Association. The teacher at Corocan High School had been to school, so teachers who were potentially exposed worked from home while the Onondaga County Health Department’s contact tracers did their work, Scott said.
Scott said teachers at Corcoran were social distancing and wearing masks while in the building, so there was no spread from the one infected teacher.
A spokesman for the district could not be immediately reached for comment.
Today, a kindergarten class in Nedrow was quarantined because a student tested positive for Covid-19. With the cases in Syracuse, there now five districts that have had reported cases since school began: Syracuse, Onondaga Central, Tully, Baldwinsville and Jamesville-DeWitt.
Last month, the more than 3,000 teachers in the district of 20,000 students asked to delay the original plan to bring students back for in-person education on a hybrid schedule. Teachers said the district was not prepared and asked to keep students home until November. The district compromised, delaying the in-person start to Oct. 5.
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