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JSHS Remote Learning 12/14/20 - 1/4/21

On December 11th, the district along with the Cortland County Health Department conducted contact tracing protocol that included junior and senior high school students and staff. In reviewing the initial data with Mr. Mack and Mr. Cafararo, it became evident that the Junior High School and High School programs would need to be remote during the period of quarantine. For that reason, it was decided that all grades 7-12 would need to be in an all-remote learning situation beginning Monday, December 14 through Wednesday, December 23. In-person learning will resume on January 4th.

Mr. Edwards along with Cortland Schools Administrators are thinking of the students and staff in quarantine and are sending out positive thoughts.

Previously, some parents have asked how they can help during these stressful times. There are two items that can help the school district:

  • Keep practicing all of your safety routines. All recent COVID cases have come from community spread, not from within school buildings. Masks and social distancing work. Practice COVID protocols in places where you interact with others. If your child is an in-person learner do not send them into school if they are experiencing any COVID symptoms.

  • Students should attend school - and if a student is in remote learning then a parent should check on them to make sure they are following their schedule. The state uses many formulas to calculate aid and to assess progress, attendance is a key factor.  Remote and in-person attendance matters. If your child is in a period of remote learning, we need them to engage. The district needs students to ask questions and answer questions, engage in dialogue, and participate in quizzes and tests. We need them to complete their assignments. If a student does not sign into their classroom or is not truly present, that gets counted against the district. Attendance matters. Let's do this, and let's be good at this.   

The district needs your help to make sure learning is taking place and your student is not tuning out. One special note for students who attend any district BOCES offerings:  All BOCES programs that normally run will continue to do so. If a student is not quarantined, the transportation department will be able to transport all students to their programs throughout this time of remote learning for grades 7-12. Mr. Mack and Mr. Lilley, our Transportation Supervisor, will be working to communicate with you.

Please keep your thoughts with our students who are ill, and with our students and staff who are required to quarantine.

If you have any questions please call the Superintendent’s Office or the High School Main Office.



Mr. Robert J. Edwards, Superintendent

1 Valley View Drive
Cortland, NY 13045

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