CAYUGA COUNTY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — The Cayuga County Health Department sent a letter to Cayuga County School District superintendents regarding COVID-19 guidance for in-person learning in the fall.
The goal of the letter was to prioritize safety while still allowing students to be in-person for classes. The letter read in part:
Recommendations includedthe following:
- Do not allow any symptomatic people into school or on school transportation. This
applies to adults and children. Even mild symptoms that mimic allergies are found to be
indicators of COVID-19 infection.
- Get vaccinated. Vaccination is effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalizations and
- For masking to be effective, masks need to be worn correctly and consistently. Wearing
face coverings properly reduces the amount of virus that a positive person may transmit
and protects others from being exposed to that virus.
The health department stressed the need for masks, saying the practice will reduce the number of students who would need to be placed in quarantine and be sent back to remote learning if a classmate tests positive for COVID. This will ultimately keep students in the classroom, the health department said.
The CDC has also provides guidance on their website for safe reopening.