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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 open 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. 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. 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.

NEW- COVID-19 Testing Procedures: Testing will take place daily at schools in the AM as a drive-up/walk-up with the school nurse at each building. Please call the school building nurse before coming in for testing. 

  • Rockwell ES Patty Cormier: or at 315-552-5072
  • Wheeler ES Lindsey Yonko: or 315-552-5052
  • Jr/Sr High School Deb Rohe: or 315-552-5026

To participate in the COVID-19 Testing Program: You must first create student profiles at: (Note: You can register multiple student profiles under each account. Once you register your child/children, you do not need to register them again.

Once all samples have been collected for the day, we will send them off to Quadrant’s lab to be analyzed. Results will be returned within 24-48 hours and will be available for you to view by logging back into your account

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us by email or phone call.


Rob Price, Superintendent 

Protecting the Public Health , PreK- 12 Schools
2021-2022 COVID 19 Testing & Quarantine, NYSED
2021-2022 Health and Safety Guide, NYSED
2021-2022 Onondaga County Health Dept. - Guidance for K-12
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
Interpretation of Results Guide, 9.17.2021
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
Onondaga CSD Official Reopening Plan 2021-22
Parent Message 8.10.2020
Pre-K to Grade 12 COVID-19 Toolkit
Quarantine and Sick Time Guidance (8/24/21)
Quarantine Guidance for School Exposure, 9.17.2021
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
Updated on 5/24/2021: Onondaga Central School District - 2020-2021 Official Reopening Plan
Wheeler - Reopening Plan
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