As you may have heard, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that parts of Onondaga County have been placed under new restrictions (yellow zone) due to a rising number of COVID-19 cases in the area. The Lyncourt School District is included in this yellow zone.
As part of the yellow zone designation, the Lyncourt School District must start randomly testing 20 percent of all people (students and staff) if the building conducts school in-person. This testing will take place weekly until further notice. Schools will remain open as long as a district reaches the 20 percent testing goal each week. If not, the district will continue with remote learning.
The district is working with Onondaga County to finalize details regarding how testing will be conducted throughout the district. Please note that no child will be tested without permission from a parent or guardian.
The survey was emailed to all parents of the students participating in in-person instruction. If you did not receive the email, and are receiving in person instruction, please contact the main office so we can email it to you. This survey will provide the district with feedback from families regarding this development.
We will provide everyone with more information when it becomes available.
UPDATE from Friday 11/13/2020:
On Monday, we were notified by Onondaga county that our school is within the COVID-19 yellow zone. Today we were informed that Lyncourt School has been selected as a COVID -19 surveillance test location. The testing location will take place in our gymnasium on Wednesday, November 18th. We are currently awaiting more detailed information about the exact time of the testing. There will be a limited amount of tests so they will be dispersed on a first come first served basis once you register. An email from Mrs Davis will be sent only to those families that indicated on the survey earlier this week that they would be willing to participate in the testing with a link to register and other testing logistics along with a video.
Please note that we are back to our in-person learning model beginning this Monday, November 16th and it is a Day 1 for our hybrid learners. I look forward to seeing our students back in the halls and classrooms again.
If you have any questions please contact or email the main office.
Have a safe weekend and continue to be vigilant and practice social distancing, mask wearing, and proper hygiene.
Email update from Mr. Austin 11/18/2020
I wanted to take a moment to provide you with an update regarding the COVID-19 surveillance testing that occurred today at Lyncourt School. Representatives from the Onondaga County Health Department tested 113 students and staff members. Based on the successful results, Lyncourt will be able to continue with the in person/hybrid teaching model we are currently using.
Over the weekend New York State made changes to the testing requirements for schools that are in the state’s yellow zone. School districts are now required to test 20 percent of in-person students, faculty, and staff over a two-week period immediately following the announcement of a yellow zone designation. This is a change from the original one-week testing period.
In addition, if results indicate that the positivity rate among those tested is lower than the yellow zone's current seven-day positivity rate (the percent of positive cases of all COVID-19 tests performed), then testing at that school will no longer be required. If the results of the testing are higher than the yellow zone's current seven-day positivity rate, the school will be required to continue to test 20 percent of the in-person population on a bi-weekly basis.
I want to thank everyone for their participation in the rapid testing, which will allow us to continue with our in-person/hybrid testing model for as long as possible.
Please feel free to contact myself or Mrs. Davis with any questions.
Have a great rest of your day and evening!
Superintendent of Lyncourt UFSD