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Penn Yan, Dundee schools shut down as COVID-19 outbreak creates concern

School is out for several weeks in Yates County.

Officials with the Penn Yan and Dundee school districts thanked the community for their patience as they worked through the quickly-evolving situation with COVID-19, or the Novel Coronavirus.

“Although there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Yates County, we have been advised that temporarily closing schools would be the best course of action to help prevent outbreak in our communities,” the district said in a statement.

Dundee and Penn Yan Central School Districts will be closed on Monday, March 16th for students. Staff will be asked to report that day. Then, on Tuesday, March 17th one day of classes will be held. At that point, students will receive materials for an extended break.

At this time, the break is expected to last from March 18th until April 13th.

“As an education community, we continue to make the safety of our students and staff the main focus in our decision making process. We have been working diligently with our community partners to plan and respond to this emerging issue. We have been in constant contact with New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and County Public Health, while receiving updated guidance from the New York State Department of Education (NYSED) regularly,” the district added.

The district says communication will continue through the coming weeks.

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