COVID-19 Notices and Updates

 
January 15, 2021
 
Good Afternoon Blackhawk Nation,
 
Education at Oxford Academy continues to be going well.
 
Faculty and staff have adjusted to the COVID procedures and protocols seamlessly as have students.
 
We continue to evaluate our status every day and are keeping a careful watch on events going on around us.  Thankfully, COVID-19 cases in the school setting have remained low even though Chenango County numbers have been increasing. 
 
Due to our low case numbers, we have decided to move to Phase III of our reopening plan, beginning Monday, February 1, 2021.  Please refer to this CHART for specifics on what that will look like. 
 
It’s important to understand that we will continue to monitor local and regional data and will react accordingly if cases affect our buildings.  The well-being of our faculty, staff, and students remains our number one priority.  
 
We understand that this is a challenging time for everybody and we appreciate your flexibility as we continue to provide the best education possible for all of our students.  
 
Stay safe and take care.
 
 
John T. Hillis
Superintendent
Oxford Academy and Central School District


Notification of COVID-19 case at Oxford Academy and Central School District

December 6, 2020
We are writing to inform you that the district was notified on December 6, 2020 that an Oxford Academy Primary School staff person and a High School student tested positive for COVID-19. The Chenango County Health Department advised the district to go fully remote (with all- virtual learning) this week at least through Monday, December 14, 2020.  All students, including CTE and special education students, can expect that the earliest in-person learning date will be Tuesday, December 15, pending a recommendation to reopen by the local health department.  We will keep the school community informed about  building reopening dates. 

Free student meals will be available beginning tomorrow (December 7) for pick up at the Primary School location ONLY from 11:00 - 12:30 pm.  (There will be no pick up at the Middle School.) The district is working on a meal distribution in McDonough which should be in place by Tuesday, December 8.  Details will follow as soon as we have them.   
 
The district has coordinated with the Chenango Public Health Department to identify, through contact tracing protocols, any student or staff member who may be at high risk of exposure.  

The Chenango County Public Health has, or will be, reaching out to those staff members and parents of students identified to inform them if they need to be placed under mandatory quarantine for precautionary purposes. Due to privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about any individual who has a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19.

Please add the following phone number to your contacts. 607-337-1660. This is the phone number for the Chenango County Public Health and may come up as spam on some phones.

We cannot emphasize enough that parents, students, and staff members need to be just as vigilant following guidelines outside of school as in it.  This includes limiting group gatherings, practicing good hygiene, wearing masks, and following social distance guidelines.
 
Safety is everyone’s responsibility. Please know that we are adhering to guidelines from the local and state health departments, which continue to evolve as we learn more about this virus. The district will continue to closely monitor this situation and will stay in close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps. The district is also following protocols from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for enhanced infection control precautions.

If you or a family member begin showing symptoms of COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider. Before going to your healthcare provider’s office, inform them that a case of COVID-19 is suspected, and follow their advice.
 
The new reality of living, working and learning in the COVID-19 era requires us as a school system to engage in a three-pronged approach, Prevention-Mitigation-Reinforcement:

Prevention: daily health checks certification, wearing of masks by all, social distancing, disinfecting, and sanitizing, and engaging proper hygiene practices.
 
Mitigation: Follow-up with DOH and families for contact tracing, disinfecting, and sanitizing as needed, communicating with impacted parties.

Reinforcement: learning for every instance, retraining and reminding of prevention practices and protocols.
 
New York State Public Dashboard for COVID-19 School Reporting has been created so that the community can see the number of students/staff who have been tested and the results (negative/positive) for each school (https://www.schoolcovidreportcard.health.ny.gov/#/home).
 
As always, the health and safety of students and staff is a priority, and we appreciate your continued support.
 
Sincerely,
 
 
John Hillis
Superintendent



Notification of COVID-19 case at Oxford Academy and Central School District


November 18, 2020
We are writing to inform you that the district was notified on November 18, 2020 that an Oxford Academy High School student tested positive for COVID-19. Based on the hybrid schedule, the student was last in school on November 13, 2020.
 
The district has coordinated with the Chenango Public Health Department to identify, through contact tracing protocols, any student or staff member who may be at high risk of exposure.  

The Chenango County Public Health has, or will be, reaching out to those staff members and parents of students identified to inform them if they need to be placed under mandatory quarantine for precautionary purposes. Due to privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about any individual who has a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19.

Please add the following phone number to your contacts. 607-337-1660. This is the phone number for the Chenango County Public Health and may come up as spam on some phones.

We cannot emphasize enough that parents, students, and staff members need to be just as vigilant following guidelines outside of school as in it.  This includes limiting group gatherings, practicing good hygiene, wearing masks, and following social distance guidelines.
 
Safety is everyone’s responsibility. Please know that we are adhering to guidelines from the local and state health departments, which continue to evolve as we learn more about this virus. The district will continue to closely monitor this situation and will stay in close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps. The district is also following protocols from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for enhanced infection control precautions.

If you or a family member begin showing symptoms of COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider. Before going to your healthcare provider’s office, inform them that a case of COVID-19 is suspected, and follow their advice.
 
The new reality of living, working and learning in the COVID-19 era requires us as a school system to engage in a three-pronged approach, Prevention-Mitigation-Reinforcement:

Prevention: daily health checks certification, wearing of masks by all, social distancing, disinfecting, and sanitizing, and engaging proper hygiene practices.
 
Mitigation: Follow-up with DOH and families for contact tracing, disinfecting, and sanitizing as needed, communicating with impacted parties.

Reinforcement: learning for every instance, retraining and reminding of prevention practices and protocols.
 
New York State Public Dashboard for COVID-19 School Reporting has been created so that the community can see the number of students/staff who have been tested and the results (negative/positive) for each school (https://www.schoolcovidreportcard.health.ny.gov/#/home).
 
As always, the health and safety of students and staff is a priority, and we appreciate your continued support.
 
Sincerely,
 
 
John Hillis
Superintendent
 



November 12, 2020
 
Good Afternoon Blackhawk Nation,

I wanted to reach out to give everybody a few quick updates on our current status and some expectations moving forward.  
Right now, Oxford is in good shape with respect to infections.  Our procedures have been effective to this point and as long as everybody in the community remains vigilant, we should continue to be fine.  

Our schools are at about 50% capacity and our staff is working very hard to provide a safe, secure and structured environment in which all students can learn.  They have become the unsung heroes of the pandemic thus far and we owe them much of our gratitude and thanks as we approach Thanksgiving.  

Building shared decision-making teams are planning for Phase III.  We will release updated plans for that when the time is appropriate.  As of now, the plan is to get through the holidays and evaluate the COVID situation in January.  If things are stable at that point, we may move to increase in-person numbers again at the end of January.  This will coincide with the end of the first semester in the MS and HS.

And lastly, as the weather begins to turn, I would also like to remind everyone that there has been no change to our snow day procedures.  Snow days will be called when needed and there will be no instruction on snow days.  Let the kids wake up excited and let them play.  And as usual, there will be no significant impact on our school calendar unless we exceed the allotted number of days.

That’s it for now.

Stay safe everyone,
John Hillis
Superintendent
Oxford Academy and Central School District



October 28, 2020 
 
Good Morning Blackhawk Nation,
 
I’m writing to keep everybody up to date on our current situation and how things happening around us may affect our posture moving forward.
 
As you all know, cases in Chenango County have been on the rise recently.  
 
The good news is, this rise doesn’t have anything to do with schools being open but has more to do with what people are doing on their free time.
 
Having said that, if cases continue to increase, the school will be forced to react.
On October 21, 2020, New York State released its Micro-Cluster Strategy and in it, Oxford is located within a Tier 4 Geographic Area.  
 
This means that if we attain a 7 day rolling average positivity rate of 4% or higher for 10 days, and 15 or more new daily cases per 100,000 residents on a 7 day average, we will be labeled a Yellow Precautionary Zone and we will be required to begin testing 20% of our in-person students and staff.
 
Depending on the availability of tests, whether they are provided free of charge by NYS or if we have to purchase them, and a number of other factors, we may need to change our current status back to Phase I (25 % capacity) or even move to fully remote.
These will certainly be worst case scenarios but I want everybody to be aware of the volatility of this situation.   
 
We will do our best to be as transparent as possible throughout this situation and we will relay relevant information as soon as it becomes available. 
 
We continue to work closely with Chenango County Department of Health and follow guidance and directives from them.
 
Please keep in mind that this is only an FYI at this point.
 
The District will not make any decisions of this magnitude without carefully weighing pros and cons and giving the community as much advanced notice as possible.
Thank you for your continued support and stay safe everybody!
 
Sincerely,
 
John T. Hillis
Superintendent of Schools
Oxford Academy Central School District



Notification of COVID-19 case at Oxford Academy and Central School District
October 19, 2020

We are writing to inform you that the district was notified on October 18, 2020 that an Oxford Academy Middle School student tested positive for COVID-19. Based on the hybrid schedule, the student was only in school on October 13, 2020 for part of the school day.
The district has coordinated with the Chenango Public Health Department to identify through contact tracing protocols any student or staff member who may be at high risk of exposure.  

The Chenango County Public Health has, or will be, reaching out to those staff members and parents of students identified to inform them if they need to be placed under mandatory quarantine for precautionary purposes. Due to privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about any individual who has a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19.

Please add the following phone number to your contacts. 607-337-1660. This is the phone number for the Chenango County Public Health and may come up as spam on some phones.

We cannot emphasize enough that parents, students, and staff members need to be just as vigilant following guidelines outside of school as in it.  This includes limiting group gatherings, practicing good hygiene, wearing masks, and following social distance guidelines.
Safety is everyone’s responsibility. Please know that we are adhering to guidelines from the local and state health departments, which continue to evolve as we learn more about this virus. The district will continue to closely monitor this situation and will stay in close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps. The district is also following protocols from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for enhanced infection control precautions.

If you or a family member begin showing symptoms of COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider. Before going to your healthcare provider’s office, inform them that a case of COVID-19 is suspected, and follow their advice.

The new reality of living, working and learning in the COVID-19 era requires us as a school system to engage in a three-pronged approach, Prevention-Mitigation-Reinforcement:

Prevention: daily health checks certification, wearing of masks by all, social distancing, disinfecting, and sanitizing, and engaging proper hygiene practices.

Mitigation: Follow-up with DOH and families for contact tracing, disinfecting, and sanitizing as needed, communicating with impacted parties.

Reinforcement: learning for every instance, retraining and reminding of prevention practices and protocols.

New York State Public Dashboard for COVID-19 School Reporting has been created so that the community can see the number of students/staff who have been tested and the results (negative/positive) for each school (https://www.schoolcovidreportcard.health.ny.gov/#/home).
 
As always, the health and safety of students and staff is a priority, and we appreciate your continued support.
 
Sincerely,
John Hillis
Superintendent


Notification of COVID-19 case at Oxford Academy and Central School District

Good Afternoon,


On October 13, 2020, we received notification from the Chenango County Department of Health that the District has a confirmed case of COVID-19. 

 

The student last attended in-person instruction on October 5, 2020 and did not show symptoms until October 11, 2020.  Because of the last date of attendance, it has been concluded that there is no immediate danger to anyone in the district.


Family members of the positive case are currently under quarantine.  However, due to privacy requirements, we cannot divulge further information about any of these individuals.

 

Under the direction of the Chenango County Department of Health no additional action is necessary at this time. Should additional actions become necessary, we will immediately notify parents, faculty and staff of any changes in procedures and protocols.

 

We appreciate your patience and cooperation. We are trying to be as transparent as possible under current rules and regulations.

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