Tompkins County to close all public schools, under a state of emergency

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TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Tompkins County became the latest to announce they are closing all public schools amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

At a press conference Friday evening, Tompkins County announced they will be declaring a state of emergency that goes into effect at midnight, and all public schools will be closed until April 12.

The decision impacts a total of seven school districts, all who have decided to close for the three-week period.

“All of our schools have started to have continuity operations, discussions with their faculty and staff. they were still ongoing. some of them have more concrete plans but they’re all in development,” said Jeff Matteson, TST BOCES District Superintendent.

It’s extremely challenging to weigh a lot of the consequences and the benefits of these decisions. I will say though, they’re not made in a vacuum. They’re made with an excellent team around us. We are fortunate that we have not only great leaders in the organization, we have great community partners and great members like the school district superintendents. So, when we look to make these types of decisions, when we can, we like to engage them. We like to get input, get feedback. We try to understand the consequences and we make them collectively as a community.

Jason Molino, Tompkins County Administrator

As of Friday, there are still zero confirmed cases in Tompkins County. However, 15 people are under investigation for COVID-19.

The County Administrator said all 15 individuals are showing symptoms, they have been tested for the virus and are in isolation.


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