Whitesboro extends all-remote instruction

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The Whitesboro school district has extended its all-remote instruction schedule by two more weeks, while the Oneida school district has reported three more COVID-19 cases, among the latest announcements by area districts relating to the pandemic.

• Oneida — The district learned that a high school staff member, a Durhamville Elementary School staff member, and a high school student tested positive, Superintendent Mary-Margaret Zehr said Monday in a letter to families and staff.

"Since students and these particular staff members have not been in school due to vacation and remote learning, there has not been any exposure to students or staff," said Zehr. In mid-December the district announced that students will be learning remotely through Jan. 18, and then will resume their typical learning schedule which has included a hybrid format.

• Whitesboro — The district is continuing its fully-remote learning schedule, and plans to resume hybrid learning on Jan. 25, according to a message by Superintendent Brian K. Bellair.

The district previously had planned to return to hybrid learning on Monday this week. The decision to instead continue remote learning was "after a careful and thorough review of all the information available," said Bellair's message.

Student COVID-19 testing that had been scheduled last weekend on Saturday was canceled and will be rescheduled at a later date, the message added. The district is in a state-designated yellow zone for COVID-19; the zone includes requirements for testing 20% of in-person students and staff, with school positivity rates needing to be below the regional rate for schools to remain open.

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