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March 12, 2020 Coronavirus Update

Good afternoon,

At this time, Marcellus Central School District does not have a confirmed case of novel coronavirus, COVID-19, within the school community. This week, one of our school bus drivers voluntarily went into self-quarantine for 14 days because a family member recently returned from a country with a high infection rate. The family member has shown no symptoms of COVID-19, and the Onondaga County Health Department did not recommend the quarantine. However, in an abundance of caution, the district and the staff member both agreed isolation was the best course of action.

Our first responsibility is to safeguard the health and well-being of our students, staff and community. This is a fluid situation that we are actively monitoring. If the district becomes aware that one of our students or staff members is diagnosed with COVID-19, we will notify staff and parents/guardians immediately. We will continue to follow the guidance of our local, state and federal health departments. At this time, these officials have not recommended that the district cancel or reschedule classes or other school events.

We are monitoring this situation closely and are taking every possible precaution to keep our school safe, by stepping up our disinfection protocols. We will continue to update you with any necessary information, as this is an evolving situation. For now, the most important thing you can do to protect yourself and your children is to follow basic hygiene practices, which are the best defense against the spread of illness. If you are sick, please stay home to limit the spread of illness and report any health concerns to a medical professional.

If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you!

Sincerely, Michelle L. Brantner

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