ITHACA, N.Y.—The Ithaca City School District announced Thursday that three of its schools, DeWitt Middle School, South Hill Elementary School and Northeast Elementary School, will all be continuing full distance learning through the end of the week.
The district said that it would inform parents if further distance learning would be required beyond tomorrow as soon as they receive more information from the Tompkins County Health Department. According to separate announcements by the district, South Hill had an elementary school student test positive, while Northeast had a staff member test positive; DeWitt also had a middle school student test positive, which was just announced mid-Thursday afternoon. (A previous version of this article stated that the test had been announced Wednesday, Dec. 9. It was announced Thursday, Dec. 10)
At this point, it does not appear that there are any more confirmed cases among those school communities, though that could obviously change as contact tracing continues.
“We appreciate the sensitivity around any identifiable cases since in-person instruction has resumed,” ICSD Superintendent Dr. Luvelle Brown said. “We are committed to communicating clearly and maintaining the confidentiality of individuals who test positive, as required by federal and state privacy laws. Whenever there is a confirmed case, schools must ensure information is released in a manner that does not allow persons in our school community to be identified.”
Brown said that, unless contacted and told otherwise by the health department or if someone has been in confirmed close contact with a person who tested positive, it is not necessary for people connected to the respective schools to quarantine at this time.
Boynton Middle School had already announced that it was moving online until Tuesday, Dec. 15.