ADDISON, N.Y. (WETM) – The Addison Central School District is moving to remote learning after part of the district was placed in a “yellow zone” by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Yesterday, Governor Andrew Cuomo designated a portion of Steuben County, which includes part of the Addison Central School District, a “yellow zone” due to an increase in COVID-19 cases.
We have consulted with the Steuben County Public Health Department and, unfortunately, together we determined that at this time we cannot meet the 20 percent weekly testing of students and staff that would be required in order for us to continue with our hybrid model of learning.
As a result, the Addison Central School District will transition to full-time virtual learning for all students (PreK-12) beginning on Tuesday, October 27.
We remind district families that this Friday is a half-day for K-12 students and Valley Early Childhood School does not have school that day.
Currently, we are planning for this transition to last for two weeks. However, if our ability to conduct testing changes or the positive rate declines for our area, we may be able to open sooner.
We will share any updates with our school community as they become available.Addison Central School District
According to the state’s school COVID-19 dashboard, the district has had five cases of COVID-19.
Areas in the yellow zone must follow certain protocols:
- Non-essential gatherings are limited to 25 people or less
- Houses of worship can still meet at 50% of their maximum occupancy and must follow all other NYS guidelines
- Restaurants and taverns must limit group or party size to no more than 4 people
- Schools that are open for in-person learning are required to undergo mandatory weekly testing of 20% of students and staff
According to Steuben County, the following municipalities are in the yellow zone: City of Corning, Town of Addison, Town of Campbell, Town of Caton, Town of Erwin, Town of Hornby, Town of Lindley, Town of Tuscarora, Village of Addison, Village of Painted Post, Village of Riverside, Village of South Corning.
To exit a yellow zone, the infection rate must be under 2% after 10 days, or 3% in less populated areas. Steuben County has been around 4% for several weeks.