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.
 

Important Updates

Syracuse City School District schools closed at the conclusion of school Monday, March 16, 2020 and will remain closed until April 14, 2020.  All extra-curricular evening activities are CANCELLED immediately.  

More information regarding online academic offerings and food service is available online.


Letter
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

Close-up of a father helping his son wash his hands and a reminder to make handwashing a family activity.

Our Community

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. Printed posters reinforcing these practices have been sent to and posted in all District buildings.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. If you use a tissue, throw it in the trash.
  • Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

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. In addition, students and staff who are well but are taking care of, or share a home with, someone with a case of COVID-19 must not attend school and must follow precautionary quarantine instructions from State health officials, who will determine when it is safe for them to return to school.

Physical Spaces

All of our schools and district buildings are being cleaned and sanitized every weekend. Our custodial staff is also focusing on wiping down high contact surface areas throughout the day. 

We will be providing sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer for all of our schools as well.  Centro is wiping down seats and making hand sanitizer available to students.


 


 

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. 


 

   
   Translated Notes to Families

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Resources

Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus
CDC 2019-nCoV
NYSDOH 2019-nCoV
Onondaga County Health Department
New York State Center for School Health
NYSDOH Local Health Department Directory