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PUBLIC NOTICE

March 26, 2021

South Seneca received information today from the Seneca County Health Department that a high school student has tested positive for COVID-19. The student last attended school in person on Wednesday, March 24.

As with all cases in our school community, we collaborate with the Health Department to facilitate contact tracing and any necessary quarantines. We also collaborate with the Department to make determinations about any closures that might be appropriate. Anyone who is to complete required steps as a result of potential exposure is being contacted by the Health Department or by the school district for instructions.

This case will not require us to shut down any classrooms, so our regular in-person schedule can continue to operate uninterrupted.

We know the community understands that personal identifying information about those testing positive is protected under privacy laws, so we are unable to share those particular details.

As always, we urge our community to continue to take all precautions as the pandemic continues. Our success and ability to remain open for in-person instruction is dependent on everyone doing their part.

Thank you for your continued understanding and cooperation,

Stephen Parker Zielinski
Superintendent

To download a PDF of this notice click this link: https://5il.co/qzjg

March 15, 2021

This weekend South Seneca received information from the Seneca County Health Department that an elementary school student had tested positive for COVID-19. The student last attended school in person on Thursday, March 11th.

As with all cases in our school community, we collaborate with the Health Department to facilitate contact tracing and any necessary quarantines. We also collaborate with the Department to make determinations about any closures that might be appropriate. Anyone who is to complete required steps as a result of potential exposure is being contacted by the Health Department or by the school district for instructions.

This case will not require us to shut down any programs or classrooms, so our regular in-person schedule can continue to operate uninterrupted.

We know the community understands that personal identifying information about those testing positive is protected under privacy laws, so we are unable to share those particular details.

As always, we urge our community to continue to take all precautions as the pandemic continues. Our success and ability to remain open for in-person instruction is dependent on everyone doing their part.

Thank you for your continued understanding and cooperation,

Stephen Parker Zielinski
Superintendent

To download a PDF of this notice click this link: https://5il.co/qmgf

February 25, 2021

This morning South Seneca received information from the Seneca County Health Department that two elementary school students had tested positive for COVID-19. The students are in different grade levels, with one having last attended school in person yesterday (Wednesday the 24th), and the other on Monday the 22nd.

As with all cases in our school community, we collaborate with the Health Department to facilitate contact tracing and any necessary quarantines. We also collaborate with the Department to make determinations about any closures that might be appropriate. Anyone who is to complete required steps as a result of potential exposure is being contacted by the Health Department or by the school district for instructions.

Neither of these cases will require us to shut down any programs or classrooms, so our regular in-person schedules can continue to operate uninterrupted.

We know the community understands that personal identifying information about those testing positive is protected under privacy laws, so we are unable to share those particular details.

As always, we urge our community to continue to take all precautions as the pandemic continues. Our success and ability to remain open for in-person instruction is dependent on everyone doing their part.

Thank you for your continued understanding and cooperation,

Stephen Parker Zielinski
Superintendent

To download a PDF of this notice click this link: https://5il.co/pzki

January 27, 2021

This afternoon South Seneca received information from the Seneca County Health Department that an elementary school student had tested positive for COVID-19. The student began exhibiting symptoms on Friday January 22, and last attended school in person on Wednesday, January 20.

As with all cases in our school community, we are collaborating with the Health Department to facilitate contact tracing and any necessary quarantines. We also collaborate with the Department to make determinations about any closures that might be appropriate. Anyone who is to complete required steps as a result of potential exposure is being contacted by the Health Department or by the school district for instructions.

This new case is going to add to the number of students and staff who are assigned to mandatory quarantine, but will not require us to extend the already announced week of fully remote instruction for the Elementary School beyond Friday, January 29. We are still scheduled to resume in-person instruction in Interlaken on Monday, February 1.

We know the community understands that personal identifying information about those testing positive is protected under privacy laws, so we are unable to share those particular details.

We continue to urge the community to take all precautions while the pandemic persists in Seneca County. As we have been emphasizing in previous notices, this is especially important during the winter months while contagion for any coronavirus is at its peak.

Thank you for your continued understanding and cooperation,

Stephen Parker Zielinski
Superintendent

To download a PDF of this notice click this link: https://5il.co/p0wq

IMPORTANT NOTICE

January 23, 2021

This afternoon South Seneca received information from the Seneca County Health Department that two of our elementary school students had tested positive for COVID-19. The two students are members of different grade levels, and last attended school in person on Wednesday, January 20.

As with all cases in our school community, we are collaborating with the Health Department to facilitate contact tracing and any necessary quarantines. We also collaborate with the Department to make determinations about any closures that might be appropriate. Anyone who is to complete required steps as a result of potential exposure is being contacted by the Health Department or by the school district for instructions.

Unfortunately, these two cases will result in the mandatory quarantine of approximately 80 people, including about a dozen staff members. With this period extending into next weekend, the Elementary School will shift to fully remote instruction for the upcoming week, January 25-29. We expect to be back to in-person instruction on Monday, February 1.

We know the community understands that personal identifying information about those testing positive is protected under privacy laws, so we are unable to share those particular details.

We continue to urge the community to take all precautions while the pandemic persists in Seneca County. As we emphasized in previous notices this week, this is especially important during the winter months while contagion for any coronavirus is at its peak.

Thank you for your continued understanding and cooperation,

Stephen Parker Zielinski
Superintendent

To download a PDF of this notice click this link: https://5il.co/owzs

Public Notice, January 21, 2021

This morning South Seneca received information from the Seneca County Health Department that one of our middle school students had tested positive for COVID-19. The student is part of the Cayuga cohort, and last attended school in person on Tuesday, January 19.

As with all cases in our school community, we are collaborating with the Health Department to facilitate contact tracing and any necessary quarantines. We also collaborate with the Department to make determinations about any closures that might be appropriate. Anyone who is to complete required steps as a result of potential exposure is being contacted by the Health Department or by the school district for instructions.

While the contact tracing in this case will not cause a closure of the school, it will result in a large number of students, and some staff, being forced to quarantine. The Cayuga cohort of this grade level will operate remotely while the quarantines are in effect.

We know the community understands that personal identifying information about those testing positive is protected under privacy laws, so we are unable to share those particular details.

As we shared in yesterday’s announcement, we continue to urge the community to take all precautions while the pandemic persists in Seneca County. This is especially important during the winter months while contagion for any coronavirus is at its peak.

Thank you for your continued understanding and cooperation,

Stephen Parker Zielinski
Superintendent

To download a PDF of this notice click this link: https://5il.co/otq0

Public Notice, January 20, 2021

This morning South Seneca received information from the Seneca County Health Department that one of our high school students had tested positive for COVID-19. The student attends a TST BOCES program full time, and last attended in-person on Thursday, January 14.

As with all cases in our school community, we are collaborating with the Health Department to facilitate contact tracing and any necessary quarantines. We also collaborate with the Department to make determinations about any closures that might be appropriate. Anyone who is to complete required steps as a result of potential exposure is being contacted by the Health Department or by the school district for instructions.

In this case, the contacts will certainly result in a number of mandatory quarantines, but South Seneca will not be needing to close any of our in-person programs.

We know the community understands that personal identifying information about those testing positive is protected under privacy laws, so we are unable to share those particular details.

We join all our colleagues, both in the school setting and out, to continue to urge everyone to take the risks associated with the pandemic seriously, and to do all you can to minimize your own chances of exposure to the virus. This includes diligent wearing of face coverings in public spaces, attention to social distancing, and good regular hand hygiene, along with the use of caution when planning any necessary travel or gatherings.

Thank you for your continued understanding and cooperation,

Stephen Parker Zielinski
Superintendent

To download a PDF of this notice click link: https://5il.co/os4k

Previous Notices

Just two days before our holiday break, we at South Seneca now have over 80 members of our staff and student population in mandatory quarantines as a result of contact tracing related to our three recent cases. In addition to these, we are informed of nearly thirty others in the school community who are now COVID-positive themselves, or quarantined as a result of exposure to someone who is positive.

As we have been communicating since before Thanksgiving, when groups of staff and students are forced to quarantine at home for two weeks, it creates a substantial disruption to each of their own lives, and to the school program. Those in quarantine, again, have broken no rules, and have only been caught up in the tracing process. They go into quarantine to contain potential spread, which is necessary, but disheartening and inconvenient.

We know from all evidence that once again, there is a reasonable concern that those numbers may spike in the period immediately following the holidays. As a precautionary measure designed to prevent potential large numbers of quarantines into the new year, South Seneca will shift to a temporary fully remote model for instruction in the week after New Year’s Day, January 4 through January 8.

Students should prepare for the week as a school week, and not as an extension of the vacation. Teachers will be in touch to arrange a class schedule. Contrary to the week we went remote after Thanksgiving, there is still a possibility for us to operate small groups of organized activities, such as the highly controlled athletic workouts, etc. Coaches will be in touch with athletes about those arrangements.

We understand that being fully remote can pose a burden on working families, and we encourage those with concerns to reach out to our offices for help. This measure is intended to prevent an even longer burden, as families in quarantine have communicated to us. If the numbers of positive cases and widespread quarantines were to reach a critical threshold, the shift to remote learning could keep us out of the buildings for weeks at a time, which is what we’d like to avoid.

We urge our community to continue to follow all guidelines for staying safe, and we wish full recovery for those having already tested positive.

Thank you for your continued understanding and cooperation,

Stephen Parker Zielinski
Superintendent

Click the following link to download the public notice as a PDF: https://5il.co/o64z

Public Notice: December 20

On Saturday South Seneca received information from the Seneca County Health Department that two of our elementary school students had tested positive for COVID-19. The two students are members of two different grade levels, and last attended in-person on Tuesday, December 15.

As with all cases in our school community, we are collaborating with the Health Department to facilitate contact tracing and any necessary quarantines. We also collaborate with the Department to make determinations about any closures that might be appropriate. Anyone who is to complete required steps as a result of potential exposure is being contacted by the Health Department or by the school district for instructions.

In this case, because of the timing of the onset of symptoms, contact tracing has resulted in a very large number of quarantines for both students and staff in Interlaken. Out of an abundance of caution, the Elementary School will move to a fully remote model of instruction for the three days leading up to our break: Monday, December 21 through Wednesday, December 23. The Middle-High School was not impacted in this case, and will continue as planned with our hybrid model this week. We will revisit our status over the next several days, and will communicate any further adjustments to our school calendar as they are decided. On Monday, the district will work to distribute Chromebooks to elementary students as needed for participation in classes.

We know the community understands that personal identifying information about those testing positive is protected under privacy laws, so we are unable to share those particular details.

We join all our colleagues, both in the school setting and out, to continue to urge everyone to take the risks associated with the pandemic seriously, and to do all you can to minimize your own chances of exposure to the virus. This includes diligent wearing of face coverings in public spaces, attention to social distancing, and good regular hand hygiene, along with the use of caution when planning any holiday travel or gatherings.

Thank you for your continued understanding and cooperation,

Stephen Parker Zielinski
Superintendent

Click the following link to download the public notice as a PDF: https://5il.co/o3s0

Public Notice: December 15

Even during the pandemic, South Seneca has been supportive of college students who are studying education, as they must gather field experience in classrooms as a requirement on their way to their degrees. Today, we were informed that one of the college students who spent time in our Middle-High School building last week tested positive for COVID-19. This student observed all appropriate safety measures while in our building, but it is likely that those who had extended exposure time will be subject to quarantine as the contact tracing process around this case is completed. The last time the student was in the building was Friday, December 11.

In accordance with our established protocols, we are in close contact with the Seneca County Health Department to make all determinations about any closures that might be appropriate on a case-by-case basis. No portion of our program will need to be closed as a result of this case, although some quarantines of some individuals is expected.

We know the community understands that personal identifying information about those testing positive is protected under privacy laws, so we are unable to share those particular details.

As the holiday season and colder weather approaches, and while infection rates are increasing over the last few weeks, we continue to urge our school community to take all necessary precautions. Please heed the warnings about indoor gatherings, wearing masks, maintaining social distancing, and seeing regularly to hand hygiene.

Thank you for your continued understanding and cooperation,

Stephen Parker Zielinski
Superintendent

Click this link for a PDF of this notice: https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/1046864/2020_1215_Positive_Case.pdf