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Updates During Coronavirus Closure

Coronavirus Guidance 2020

Breakfast and Lunch meals are prepared at our MSHS in Ovid, and are now being delivered door-to-door on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Deliveries will include enough meals to last until the next delivery date. As drivers arrive for deliveries, please observe proper social distancing practice, and secure any animals. If you initially indicated that you did not need the meals, but circumstances have changed, simply call our food service department at 869-9636 ext. 4111and we will include you on the next delivery. 

The South Seneca Board of Education, at its March 25 board meeting, has accepted an adjustment to the 2019-20 academic calendar, moving three spring break days (from April 7-9) to allow for online and home-based learning to continue those days. The three off-days have been moved to March 27, April 3, and April 13. This will allow for a break from academics to occur on three consecutive long weekends: March 27-29, April 3-6, and April 10-13 during our current closure period. 

This means that April 7, 8, and 9 will be considered school days from home, with continued communication on those days from teachers on academics. 

It is important to note that our food deliveries will continue to take place during our closure period on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays as previously established, including the academic ‘days off’ on this new calendar.

Thursday, April 2 South Seneca Update

March 18, 2020

Households with students that need internet for continuing education during this closure are eligible for access to free broadband internet from Spectrum or OTTC, with free installation.

For 60-days from Spectrum call 844-488-8395

For two free months from OTTC call 866-353-7209 and use code “SSInternet”

As of Monday, March 16 our buildings will be closed to all outside groups. We are also disappointed not to be able to do a public performance of our spring musical at all this week. We hope to be able to perform later in the spring.

We will continue to communicate additional details in the coming days. We appreciate your cooperation during this challenging time.

Some helpful links to follow:

Middle/High School Spring 2020 School Closing Info

Center for Disease Control Guidance (daily updates)

New York State Health Department Guidance (daily updates)

March 9 Letter to Community

Guidance for Parents

CDC Fact Sheet

Guidance from NYS Education Department

NYS Public High School Athletics Memo, March 4

Message from Jim Drew, Work Environment Health and Safety Coordinator, TST BOCES:

For many years, we have been recommending hand washing as the best defense for virus and germ control in accordance with CDC guidelines.

We do not recommend the use of alcohol based hand sanitizers at all, especially for students, but we do recognize that the non-alcohol hand sanitizers fill an appropriate gap when hand washing is not feasible. The non-alcohol based hand sanitizers are available from the same companies that produce alcohol based sanitizers, but they contain quaternary disinfectants that do not create dermatitis or alcohol poisoning (especially in small children).

Alcohol based hand sanitizers are also extremely flammable and create a hazardous materials storage non-compliance by codes.

The CDC  and TST BOCES Health & Safety recommend handwashing frequently and the use of non-alcohol sanitizers only for times when hand washing is not feasible.

James K. Drew, AIA
Work Environment Health & Safety Coordinator