ITHACA, N.Y.—Boynton Middle School will conduct fully remote learning until Dec. 15 because of ongoing contact tracing efforts by the Tompkins County Health Department after at least one more positive COVID-19 test among the school community.

The Ithaca City School District said the additional person with the positive test did not have school contact.

“The contact tracing for the most recent positive case of COVID-19 at Boynton Middle School continues,” wrote ICSD Superintendent Dr. Luvelle Brown. “At this time, due to the number of students and staff in quarantine, we must continue full distance learning through Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020. We will resume in-person learning for students and staff on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020.”

Dec. 16 is a scheduled distance learning day, meaning the students wouldn’t have been in-person anyway.

Boynton is one of several schools in the Ithaca City School District that have faced COVID-19 positives in the last two weeks, forcing them to pivot to online learning. Ithaca High School and DeWitt Middle School both have had to shut their classrooms recently, with Ithaca High School returning this week and DeWitt Middle School scheduled to return to in-person learning for students who chose that option on Thursday.

Matt Butler

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