Southern Tier Schools Reassess Following COVID Case Spike
The jump in the number of COVID-19 cases in the region is putting a stress on area school districts.
Some school districts are adjusting their teaching strategies as the number of positive tests for the coronavirus increase among students, faculty and staff.
A recorded phone call from Seton Catholic Central Principal Matthew Martinkovik to the district community advises Seton grades 7 to 12 will go to remote learning October 6 through October 14 given the number of faculty and students impacted by COVID-19. Teachers today will be getting the materials they need to go remote.
Binghamton City School District already announced a delay in in-class instruction while Whitney Point sent a letter to families dated October 4 saying High School students only will be moving to fully remote learning for the next week.
Residents are reminded to check their school district websites for updated information on instruction status.
While the Seton Principal said in the recorded message the school district had been informed by the health department of their second confirmed case of COVID-19, the New York State online report card still shows the Catholic School system with no cases. Whitney Point had listed a total of six cases among students, faculty and staff.
Binghamton University currently shows a total of 119 cases to date with an addition of 57 cases over the past seven days. SUNY Broome Community College has had no new cases for the past two weeks and reports a total of four. Still, BCC is looking to adjust the number of courses it is offering remotely.