38 positive cases of COVID-19 reported this week in Watertown School District

Superintendent Update 11.19.2021

The Watertown City School District received confirmation from Jefferson County Public Health during the week of November 15, 2021 of the following positive COVID-19 cases:

Building Student/Staff # of Students/Staff
Knickerbocker Elementary School Students
Staff
2
2
North Elementary School Students
Staff
4
2
Ohio Elementary School Students
Staff
3
1
Sherman Elementary School Students
Staff
1
0
Starbuck Elementary School Students
Staff
3
1
Wiley Intermediate School Students
Staff
6
0
Case Middle School Students
Staff
8
1
Watertown High School Students
Staff
2
2

The District is working in collaboration with the New York State Department of Public Health, which is currently performing the contact tracing process pursuant to their protocols. The contact tracing process identifies anyone who comes into close contact with someone who has COVID-19. Contact tracing slows the spread of COVID-19 and helps protect you, your family, and our community.  If you are contacted by Public Health, please follow its recommendations. The District also continues to follow policies and procedures/protocols to ensure the health and safety of the students and employees.

If a student is symptomatic (fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea), he/she is required to have an evaluation by a health care provider or a negative COVID-19 test in order to return to school. If the health care provider is able to provide an alternate diagnosis/a note detailing a chronic condition (with the chronic condition’s symptoms listed), the student may return to school. If not, the student will need a negative COVID test.

Please also direct all calls/questions regarding quarantine and isolation times/dates to the Jefferson County Department of Public Health – 315-786-3720. The school clinics are not setting these dates and do not have specific information regarding the rationale for the dates, etc.

We appreciate your continued support and understanding. We will continue to work together to ensure the safety of our students and staff.

Enjoy the weekend!
Superintendent LaBarr