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Waterloo MS & HS on different remote plans moving forward after more COVID cases uncovered

Even more positive COVID tests in the Waterloo Central School District.

That was the message from officials, who sent a letter out to family and community.

On Monday the middle school was closed and student learned remotely due to a positive COVID-19 test. A high school staffer has also tested positive, so students will be learning remotely on Election Day.

The middle school is staying on remote learning through the end of the week.

“The Waterloo Administrative team has been made aware that a Waterloo High School staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. Under the guidance of the Seneca County Department of Health (DOH), and out of an abundance of caution, the District will transition to remote learning for all Waterloo High School students and staff, tomorrow, Tuesday, November 3, 2020.We anticipate a return to the regular hybrid schedule including in person instruction at WHS on Wednesday, November 4, 2020. We will update you tomorrow afternoon for program instructions for the remainder of the week,” Superintendent Terri Bavis said in the letter to parents. “Through their contact tracing protocols, the Department of Health will directly contact any families or staff if additional action is required. If families or staff have not been contacted by the DOH there are no additional actions required.”

She provided the following update on the middle school.

“As we have previously shared, our District Administrative team has been working collaboratively with the Department of Health in response to positive COVID-19 cases in the middle school over the past week. As a result of additional staff being quarantined, the Middle School will not have an adequate number of staff to support in-person instruction. Middle school students and staff will continue remote learning for the remainder of the week, with an anticipation to transitioning back to our hybrid instruction remote and in person schedule on Monday, November 9, 2020,” Bavis added.

“Please continue to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask, washing hands, practicing social distancing, and avoiding any large gatherings,” she continued. “We thank you for your patience and flexibility as we navigate our response to COVID-19 and its impact on our school community. We will continue to keep you updated.”