Covid-19 Update from Mr. DiFulvio

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January 3, 2022

Dear Cazenovia CSD Families,

We are excited to have your children back and hope you had a lovely break with family and friends. We want to make families aware of some important updates.  

Madison County is now accepting at-home test kit results. For our school district to accept those test results, families and employees must agree to report a positive test result here: https://www.madisoncounty.ny.gov/2825/Form-to-Report-a-Positive-Test-Result

We recognize that there is confusing information out there right now. Part of the confusion is separating the CDC from the local, state and county health departments. As the CDC makes changes, New York State determines how to advise local counties, and from there, each local health department makes certain choices on which items they will follow. At this time, the state and local health departments have not adopted everything the CDC has changed or updated. As we have been doing throughout the school year, we will continue to update our reopening plan as needed regarding any pertinent changes.  

We also wanted to update you and let you know that if you have not already done so, you can pick up at-home test kits at any main office.  

Additionally, we were notified of 27 high school students, 10 middle school students, 9 elementary students and 13 staff members that tested positive over the holiday recess. We are thankful to our families that tested their symptomatic children before returning to school. We continue to run our testing programs in school and had 1 positive test result today. You can view positivity rates by county by clicking here.

As a district we are continuing to meet regularly with our Madison County Health Department, Onondaga Cortland Madison BOCES and we are in regular contact with our school physician.  In a meeting with school administrators last week, the Governor made it clear that we must prioritize in-person learning and that schools are safe. We are participating in all county and BOCES testing programs available. In addition, we are cleaning with hospital-grade disinfectant, utilizing three different types of disinfectant cleaners, and are using electrostatic sprayers throughout the buildings.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me directly at cdifulvio@caz.cnyric.org. Have a great start to your year 2022.

Sincerely,

Chris

Mr. Christopher DiFulvio

Superintendent of Schools

Cazenovia Central School District

31 Emory Avenue, Cazenovia, NY 13035

Free Covid-19 Testing

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Madison County Health Department Drive-Thru COVID-19 Rapid Testing: 85 Cedar St in Morrisville (This is at the Old County Highway Garage in Morrisville.)

Eligibility: Symptoms of illness for 1-5 days AND a Madison County Resident OR K-12 staff/student that attends/works at a school in a Madison County School District

BY APPOINTMENT 

https://www.madisoncounty.ny.gov/2589/Find-COVID-19-Testing

Testing this week:

  • By Appointment on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, from  9:30am-11:30am – THIS CLINIC IS NOW FULL
  • By Appointment on Friday, January 7, 2022, from 9:30am-11:30am – click here to make an appointment 

Upcoming Testing – check back weekly on Mondays for appointment links: 

  • Tuesday, January 11, 2022, from 1:00pm-3:00pm 
  • Thursday, January 13, 2022, from 9:30am-11:30am
  • Tuesday, January 18, 2022, from 9:30am-11:30am
  • Thursday, January 20, 2022, from 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • Tuesday, January 25, 2022, from 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • Thursday, January 27, 2022, from 9:30am-11:30am

Jennifer McGohan, MS

Public Health Educator II

Madison County Health Department

PO Box 605, Wampsville, NY 13163

P: 315-366-2361  l  F: 315-366-2566  l  jennifer.mcgohan@madisoncounty.ny.govWeb: www.healthymadisoncounty.org

FREE SYMPTOMATIC RAPID ANTIGEN TESTING

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Madison County Health Department Drive-Thru COVID-19 Rapid Testing: 85 Cedar St in Morrisville (This is at the Old County Highway Garage in Morrisville.)

Eligibility: Symptoms of illness for 1-5 days AND a Madison County Resident OR K-12 staff/student that attends/works at a school in a Madison County School District

https://www.madisoncounty.ny.gov/2589/Find-COVID-19-Testing

Jennifer McGohan, MS

Public Health Educator II

Madison County Health Department

PO Box 605, Wampsville, NY 13163

P: 315-366-2361  l  F: 315-366-2566  l  jennifer.mcgohan@madisoncounty.ny.govWeb: www.healthymadisoncounty.org

Cazenovia Teachers Present at Global Conference

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A group of teachers from Burton Street Elementary were recently praised for their innovative instructional methods at the World Association of Lesson Studies virtual conference.

Lesson Study is a way for teachers to work together to test if their best ideas about how to teach are working well for their students. To do this, the teachers carefully plan a lesson and then watch the students to see how the teaching is impacting the students’ learning.

Christy Allen, Beth Ann Kempf and Julie Kielbasinski worked with colleagues at Syracuse University (Dr. Sharon Dotger, Jen Heckathorn), to plan a second-grade lesson from a science unit designed by the Smithsonian. In their plan, they worked on improving students’ opportunities to talk about their science ideas and write about their thinking in their science notebooks. To support students’ discussion and writing, the teachers worked hard on posting students’ ideas on the board in thoughtful ways.

The Cazenovia teachers shared their lesson by video at the global conference and discussed student learning with colleagues from Brazil, Japan, the United Kingdom and other countries.

Experts were impressed by the students’ readiness to make scientific claims and support them with evidence. Additional positive feedback included comments that all students were engaged throughout the lesson and that it was evident that science and investigation practices are valued in the classroom.

The panel of learning experts also made suggestions for improvement to the lesson plan, including giving students sentence starters for their notebook responses and making the board more interactive for students.

The Cazenovia group of educators commented that they look forward to collaborating with colleagues again in the next Lesson Study cycle.

More information on the World Association of Lesson Studies can be found at www.walsnet.org.

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