A school district that includes part of northern Cayuga County is delaying the start of classes and switching to distance learning after three employees tested positive for COVID-19.
The first day of classes in the Red Creek Central School District was scheduled for Wednesday. But with the positive cases and more staff in quarantine, the decision was made to postpone opening day to Monday, September 13.
In a letter to families, Red Creek Superintendent Brian Corey wrote that the cases and people in quarantine “have a direct impact on our ability to transport students to the district at this time.”
“Although we have a number of parents who can transport their children, this will not allow us to bring all the students back as planned,” added Corey.
The district will switch to virtual learning for at least the first few weeks of school. Students from Universal Kindergarten to Grade 12 will participate in distance learning until Friday, October 1.
Red Creek’s plan is to have the first day of in-person classes on Monday October 4th.
To facilitate virtual learning, Chromebooks will be available for pickup from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. Students from Kindergarten to Grade 5 can get their computers in the cafeteria at Cuyler Elementary School, while those in Grades 6 to 12 can choose their devices in the high school cafeteria.