Superintendent Case provides COVID-19 testing reminders, resources

  • The following letter was sent to parents in the General Brown Central School District via email on ParentSquare on December 9, 2021:

    Dear General Brown Community,

    The General Brown Central School District continues to balance our efforts to safely offer our students opportunities for in-person instruction, extracurricular activities, and athletics while simultaneously working to mitigate the further spread of COVID-19 among students, employees, and the greater community. This continues to challenge us daily, but we can definitely see the value of in-person instruction and will continue to focus on remaining open as much as possible. In order to maintain daily operations at each of the school buildings, it is vitally important that we work in collaboration with students, parents, and families. Our primary focus is on maintaining a healthy school environment for teaching and learning.

    This letter serves as a reminder that no students or employees should report to school if they are experiencing any symptoms associated with COVID-19. If you are ill, please stay home. Per CDC and NYSDOH guidelines, individuals may return to school if their health care provider gives a conclusive diagnosis of something other than COVID-19 and individuals test negative for COVID-19 or individuals are released from isolation by the NYSDOH or Jefferson County Public Health.

    We recognize that over-the-counter COVID-19 antigen tests are available for use at home. Please be sure to follow CDC guidelines associated with self-testing. A positive self-test means that the test detected the virus, and Jefferson County Public Health is accepting those results as a positive diagnosis of COVID-19. If a student or employee tests positive using a self-test, please do not report to school but inform Jefferson County Public Health of the test results. They can be reached at (315) 786-3730. In addition, please contact the school nurse so that we can conduct necessary contact tracing. In addition, if a student or employee is quarantined and tests positive sometime during the quarantine, please contact the school nurse who will determine if contact tracing is necessary.

    For your convenience, here is a list of COVID-19 testing locations within Jefferson County. I also encourage you to visit the Welcome to Jefferson County, New York-Public Health website for more information related to COVID-19.

    As always, we appreciate your attention to these important details. We recognize the toll that this pandemic has taken on us all. Together, we can find creative solutions to offer quality educational experiences that enrich the lives of our students while focusing on the health and safety of our students, families, and employees. Thank you for your ongoing support of the General Brown Central School District.

    Sincerely,

    Barbara J. Case
    Superintendent of Schools