Mexico Elementary going remote Friday 11/20

Good evening, this is Michael Schiedo, Interim Superintendent of Schools. I am writing to inform you that the district was notified by the Oswego County Health Department today that a student at Mexico Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19. 

The Oswego County Health Department is in the process of notifying individuals considered to be in close contact with this student. The student was last in attendance at Mexico Elementary School on Monday, Nov. 16. 

We are unable to provide specific information regarding any student or staff member who tests positive for COVID-19 due to privacy concerns.  In an abundance of caution, anyone who has had close contact with this student for 10 minutes or more in an enclosed space, will be required by the Oswego County Health Department to quarantine for 14 days. 

While I understand that this news is concerning, please understand that the district has been and will continue to work closely with the Oswego County Health Department to ensure the safety of our school community.

Our reopening plan addressed all CDC, NYSDOH, and NYS Education Department guidelines for this school year, and student/staff safety has always been at the forefront.  Our district is fully prepared to continue educating our students while ensuring their safety during this time. Due to the timing and the contact tracing not being complete as of this evening, we will be implementing a fully remote instructional model for Mexico Elementary School tomorrow only, with a return to in-person instruction on Monday, Nov. 23.

We will continue to work hand-in-hand with the Department of Health as they provide additional guidance.  At this time, there has been no indication of any transmission of COVID-19 within our school buildings. All staff and students who have tested positive for COVID-19 have contracted the virus from outside of school.

Palermo Elementary School, New Haven Elementary School and Mexico Middle School will remain open and operate on their normal schedules. Mexico High School will continue its fully remote model until after Thanksgiving recess with a planned return to the district’s hybrid schedule on Nov. 30.

The district continues to urge everyone to take preventative measures like ensuring proper hygiene and handwashing, practicing social distancing, and wearing masks when social distancing is not possible.

Anyone with questions or concerns about COVID-19 exposure can contact the Oswego County Health Department COVID Hotline at 315-349-3330.