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COVID-19 - Reopening Schools Information

Dear Parents and Community Members:

The purpose of this landing page is to share with staff, students, and parents the strategies the Onondaga Central School District is using to reopen schools and provide a safe, consistent learning environment in a COVID-19 world. We are dedicated to ensuring our children are getting the best education we can deliver in the current conditions, keeping health and safety considerations at the forefront, and changes in the delivery of learning. The plan lays out three different approaches to instructional delivery: All students in the school; in person, an alternating schedule where students would attend on-site part-time; hybrid and distance learning/remote part-time, and all instruction occurring distance learning/remotely at home. 

OCS will work with OCS staff, the Board of Education, and state and county health authorities to identify a strategy that is consistent with New York State Education Department (SED), New York State Department of Health (DOH), and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. For some students, this may mean learning remotely. For others, it will mean being in school. To the best of our ability, we will adopt a strategy that provides a consistent approach for learning taking into account the learner’s development stages. It will be important to have consistency in the multiple approaches so that educators can plan instruction, students have continuity in their learning, and parents can plan personal and professional needs. Whether on-site or remote, the curriculum will focus on NYS Learning Standards and assessments that provide feedback to students on their learning. We will be providing direct instruction (in person, virtual and live streaming daily), taking attendance daily Prek-12 and period by period grades 7-12.  A portion of the students will be determined by participation and be a significant part of their overall earned grade. These consistent approaches to instruction, whether in class or remote, support continuity of learning throughout the year and OCS follows the NYS Education Learning Standards, and hours of school attendance. This will be a year of new and unique, similar, and different from the spring. It will take a considerable amount of teamwork as we navigate a fluid landscape throughout the school year. These plans provide a roadmap on what to expect, and we hope to help all of us be better prepared to adjust our personal lives based on dynamic conditions. 


Rob Price, Superintendent 

CDC - Cover Coughs & Sneezes Poster
CDC - Fact Sheet Poster
CDC - Slow The Spread, Practice Physical Distancing in Childcare Programs Poster
CDC - Wash Your Hands Poster #1
CDC - Wash Your Hands Poster #2
CDC - Wash Your Hands Poster #3
COVID - New York "Micro-Cluster" Strategy
COVID-19 Case, Parent-Guardian Letter, 9.21.2020
COVID-19 Testing Available on September 21, 2020
Distance Learning Student Registration Form
Drama Club Returns - Spring 2021
English Language Learners - Frequently Asked Questions
Flu Educational Materials for Schools and Daycares
Health Communication, Dr. Andrew Merritt, 9.18.2020
Information on Quarantine
Jr./Sr. High School - Hybrid Learning Poster
Jr./Sr. High School - Reopening Plan
Message from our Nursing Staff
NYSDOH Interim Guidance for In-Person Instruction at Pre-K to Grade 12
OCS OHSL 2020-2021 Return to Athletics
OCS Reopening Community Forum 8-13-2020
OCS Reopening Schools 2020 DRAFT - Public Hearing, 7.23.2020
OCS Reopening Schools 2020 FAQs - Board of Education Meeting, 7.28.2020
OCS Reopening Schools 2020 FAQs - Public Hearing, 7.23.2020
OCS Update and COVID-19 Briefing, 9.24.2020
OCSD Testing and Contact Tracing Protocols w/Onondaga County
Onondaga Central School District - 2020-2021 Official Reopening Plan
Onondaga County COVID-19 Contact-Tracing Flow Chart
Parent Message 8.10.2020
Pre-K to Grade 12 COVID-19 Toolkit
Return to Athletics 2020-2021
Return to Drama
Return to Play Following COVID Infection
Return to Sports After COVID Infection
Return to Sports, February 2021
Robotics Club
Rockwell - Reopening Plan
Travel During COVID
Updated on 5/24/2021: Onondaga Central School District - 2020-2021 Official Reopening Plan
Wheeler - Reopening Plan
When Can My Child Return to School After Testing Positive
When Should I Keep My Child Home From School
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Rob Price, Superintendent of Schools
4466 South Onondaga Road | Nedrow, NY 13120
Phone 315.552.5000