Letter from Dr. Runner: Dec. 18, 2020

Dec. 18, 2020

Dear MACS community,

I hope that this message finds you staying safe and healthy during the holiday season. The snowfall this week has turned the scenery into a winter wonderland, and I understand if weather stands up to history, we may be seeing a lot more in the coming months. I look forward to my first winter in Mexico!

I am writing today with a few COVID-19 updates and protocols as we return to school.

Unfortunately, the district was informed Friday of two Mexico Academy & Central School District students and one teacher that have tested positive for COVID-19. The health department is completing contact tracing, and no further identifying information will be given due to confidentiality concerns.

We are seeing a continuous increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases in our schools, across the county and regionally, and to ensure a safer environment for all, the district has made the decision to require masks at all times for all students and staff when our hybrid in-person model resumes. Questions or clarifications regarding this new, board-approved decision may be brought to your building principal.

We hope that everyone can find time to unwind and enjoy the holiday break while also staying safe. We encourage students, families and staff to follow CDC and health department guidelines and recommendations against travel and gatherings with family and friends who do not live in the same household.

While this will be challenging and make for a different type of holiday season, these sacrifices are necessary to help stop the spread and ease the burden on the healthcare system. We have been informed that anyone who travels out of state will be required per the health department to follow specific step-by-step guidelines before returning to work or school.

As of today, our plan is to return to our in-person hybrid model on Monday, January 4. We will continue to monitor local data and collaborate with the local health department. Should our fully remote model need to be extended, we will release that information as soon as possible.

I appreciate all the wonderful work that I’ve seen from teachers, staff and students during my first week here at MACS. I am truly humbled and honored to be working among such a caring and kind community of teachers, staff and families. Together, we will get through this.

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

My district cell phone number is (315) 200-9542. Please feel free to reach out with any concerns or questions I may be able to assist with.

Thank you for your time and have a peaceful weekend!


Donna Runner, Ed. D.