UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY-TV)—The Oneida County Health Department is reporting that after a non-school related dance competition that took place in Syracuse last weekend, several classes at Jones Elementary School in South Utica have been put into quarantine.
This was a precautionary measure, but on Thursday April 22nd, three individuals have since tested positive for COVID-19 and thirty-nine other individuals are have been deemed to be a direct risk and have also been placed in quarantine.
Due to the great risk of the continued spread of the virus the school district has decided to play it safe and have decided to switch to fully remote learning for all students and staff at Hugh R. Jones Elementary School effective on Friday, April 23rd through Friday April 30th. This is an effort to keep everyone safe and stop the continued spread of the virus throughout the faculty and student body.
As long as no further actions are necessary, students will return to in-person learning on Monday, May 3rd.
Students have been provided with a Chromebook and are expected to participate in remote learning during their regular scheduled classes. They will continue to receive full daily instruction and all live sessions with their homeroom teacher, special area teachers, and related service providers.
Breakfast and lunch pick-ups will be available between the hours of 9:00 to 1:30 pm in front of Jones School.
The school is working closely with The Oneida County Health Department to assist with contact tracing and to identify persons that may have been affected.
If anyone has any questions or concerns, please contact 315-368-6740.