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Superintendent's announcements for September 16, 2022

September 16, 2022

Dear Parents, Guardians and Caregivers,

Happy Friday! I hope everyone is settling into their school routines and enjoying the return of fall activities! It’s so great to have everyone back in our schools and in attendance at all of our events.

I have a few announcements to share with you today:

COVID Updates
  • If your child is symptomatic, do not send the child to school. If the child has or has had a fever in the last 24 hours the child must remain home until fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication. Testing for symptomatic individuals is recommended but not required for return to school/work. Report all absences to the school attendance office.
  • If your child tests positive for COVID-19 isolation is required for 5 days following the start of symptoms. The day symptom(s) start is counted as day zero. Report all absences to the school attendance office. The child can return to school on day 6 if symptoms are improving and the child has been fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication. A mask should be worn on days 6-10.
  • At-home test kits are available at any school building for your convenience. Saliva-based PCR testing will be available through our partnership with the Onondaga County Health Department for any students or staff members who are interested in participating. More information about this opportunity will be available soon. Participation in COVID-19 testing is NOT required. 
After School Enrichment Program Enrollment

Parents and guardians will receive information next week via email regarding our after school enrichment programs. There are opportunities available for students in Kindergarten to 12th grade. Please keep watch for information in your email on Wednesday, September 21st regarding the available programs. Enrollment will run Wednesday, September 21 through Tuesday, September 27 only. 

“Equity, Access and Opportunity” Workshop

Syracuse University School of Education’s Center on Disability and Inclusion is offering a four-part inclusive education workshop for educators and families. The workshop, “Equity, Access and Opportunity” is free and open to the public. The first event - “Equity and Opportunity Won't Happen By Accident” - is September 28th at Drumlins Country Club, 800 Nottingham Road in Syracuse, and the keynote speaker is George Theoharis. Click here to register. 


The District has partnered with an independent third party-research company, Research & Marketing Strategies, LLC, to offer a survey to our residents. As we begin strategic planning activities for 2023 and beyond, it is important to obtain feedback from the community-at-large. This survey will take about 7-minutes to complete and will provide you a forum to share your thoughts about District activities. Learn more on our website or take the survey by clicking here.

Please continue to check your email and our website,, for updates. As always, please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. Have a great weekend. All the best. Go Bees!

Respectfully yours,

Jason D. Thomson 
Superintendent of Schools