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Canandaigua, Union Springs schools latest to move to remote learning: How long will it last?

Throughout the course of the week – several schools have announced transitions to remote learning due to staffing issues associated with COVID-19.

Both Canandaigua and Newark announced this week that they would be transitioning to remote learning. Auburn schools had already transitioned to remote learning through holiday break. The Seneca Falls Central School District announced over the weekend that high school students would move to remote learning, too.

Now, the Skaneateles Central School District says its students will be learning remotely through mid-January due to the number of active cases and quarantines.

Beginning on Monday students will have online-only instruction, according to a letter to the community. That will continue to be the practice through January 15th. The district hopes that hybrid models can resume by January 19th.

“Sadly, after experiencing the surge of COVID-19 infections following Thanksgiving break, we expect the number of cases to explode once again following the holidays,” Superintendent Eric Knuth said in the letter. “To insulate ourselves from this surge, we need to allow time before any holiday infections or exposures impact our school community. January 19, 2021 is more than 2 weeks following the holiday break, and provides enough time for any exposed or infected individuals to work through the entire infectious period, isolation, or quarantine.”

Port Byron and Jordan-Elbridge schools also went fully-remote due to the pandemic.