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Superintendent's Message: Feb. 21 Update on COVID-19

During the February recess, the District was notified by the Ontario County Department of Health that two Midlakes Elementary School students and three Midlakes Middle/High School students have tested positive for COVID-19.  The two Elementary School students were last on campus on February 4. One of the Middle/High School students was last on campus on February 12, and the other two Middle/High School students have been learning remotely and have not been on campus. Per privacy guidelines, no additional identifying information can be shared.

The Ontario County Department of Health has confirmed that none of these students had contact with Midlakes students or staff on campus during the contagious period.   Therefore, while the students are in isolation as directed by the Department of Health, there is no further action required by the District.

Thank you, once again, for following our health and safety protocols, since they are especially important as we return from another school recess. The actions of our students, staff, and families can help limit the secondary exposure associated with positive cases.  In addition to wearing face coverings, observing social distancing, practicing good hand hygiene, and completing the daily health screening, we appreciate students and staff staying home when feeling ill.

Please consult with one of our school nurses, prior to sending your child to school, if you have any concern regarding symptoms or reason to suspect an exposure to a positive case. By working together and taking extra precautions, we can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 at school and avoid any further disruptions to our hybrid model of instruction.

We will continue to work closely with the Department of Health, monitor suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19, and communicate with families and staff in a timely manner.  Decisions regarding our hybrid model will be based on our ability to manage positive cases, maintain appropriate staffing, and provide a safe environment for students and staff. 

Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation.

Sincerely,

Matt Sickles, Superintendent