Important Information Regarding the CoronaVirus

This web page was created to provide resources and keep the Syracuse City School District community informed. This is the official source of information on COVID-19 for the District. The page will be updated frequently, so please check back regularly.
 

District Updates

The Syracuse City School District will remain closed for the rest of the 2019-20 school year.  This includes all extra-curricular activities.
Governor Cuomo has announced that all schools in New York State will remain closed for the rest of the 2019-20 school year. In addition, the Board of Regents has announced that June Regents exams have been cancelled.  Please click here for guidance on Regents cancellations. 
 

Letter
5.1.20 Letter to Families from Superintendent (Grading Procedures)
4.7.20 NYSED Guidance Regarding June 2020 Regents Exams
4.6.20 Letter to Families from Chief Academic Officer
3.31.20 Letter to Families from Superintendent
3.20.20 PK-5 Parent/Guardian Letter
3.20.20 Grades 6-8 Parent/Guardian Letter
3.20.20 High School Parent/Guardian Letter

3.12.20 Letter to Families from Superintendent
3.11.20 Update on District Response
3.10.20 Letter to Families from Superintendent (Emergency Contact Updates)
3.4.20 Letter to Families from SCSD Medical Director


 

About COVID-19

Since this virus is very new, health authorities continue to carefully watch how this virus spreads. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working hard to learn as much as possible about this new virus, so that we can better understand how it spreads and causes illness. The CDC considers this virus to be a serious public health concern.

How Does 2019 Novel (New) Coronavirus Spread?

According to the CDC, the virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person: between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet); through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

 
Symptoms
Information to date suggests that 2019-nCoV causes mild-to-moderate illness and symptoms like the flu, including fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. This is an emerging, rapidly changing situation. Please contact your local department of health or the NYS DOH Novel Coronavirus hotline at 1-888-364-3065 with questions.
 

Prevention

COVID-19 Testing Ad
Testing / Pruebas para el Coronavirus

Anyone can get tested! Click here to sign up for testing in your own neighborhood.
If you cannot register online call (315) 435-8800, Monday-Friday 9 AM to 4 PM.

Ahora cualquier persona puede hacerse el examen. Regístrese en línea a la siguiente dirección.
Si no puede registrar por computadora, llame al (315) 435-8800, de lunes a viernes entre 9 AM y 4 PM.

NYS Contact Tracing

The NYS Contact Tracing Program works with confirmed positive COVID-19 people to determine who they have been in contact with. Trained specialists reach out to those contacts about possible exposure. If you have been identified as a contact you will get a call from “NYS Contact Tracing” (518-387-9993).
Because the disease can be transmitted without symptoms, notifying people about a possible exposure is critical to stop the spread. So, if you get a call from “NYS Contact Tracing” (518-387-9993) please answer. It is confidential and private.

Help stop the spread!

Members of our school community are to continue following the essential steps in the following bullets that can help stop the spread of this and other respiratory viruses. If a student or staff member has been identified as testing positive for COVID-19, we will notify state health officials to determine what additional steps are needed for the school community. 

Washing hands  
Clean your hands often
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Social Distance  
Social distancing
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home as much as possible.
  • Put distance between yourself and other people (6 feet).
  • Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus.
  • Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
Face Mask  
Wear face covering at work and in public spaces
As of Friday, April 17 all people in New York are required to wear a mask or a face covering when out in public and in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained, such as on public transportation. Please make sure to wear a face covering when visiting District sites.

>>CDC Instructions on how to make and use face coverings
  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
  • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
Disinfect  
Clean and disinfect
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

(Credit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html)

 



Community Support

The Community Foundation has established a community support fund to collect and disseminate resources to organizations in our region working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of this outbreak. 


 

   
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Resources

Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus
CDC 2019-nCoV
NYSDOH 2019-nCoV
Onondaga County Health Department
GuidanceResources COVID-19
Local COVID-19 Testing / Pruebas
New York State Center for School Health