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In-school learning vs. COVID numbers

COVID numbers are still on the rise in many areas throughout our viewing area, and those numbers are playing a role in student’s abilities to return to school, but the numbers aren’t the only factors being considered.

Posted: Jan 7, 2021 5:52 PM

The Edmeston School District has had in-person learning for Pre-K through 4th graders every day, and hybrid learning for 5th through 12th Grade Students. Otsego County’s Regional numbers are at 5.5%. Well below the cap for shutting down school, but Edmeston School Superintendent Dr. Gary Furman is weighing in or more than the numbers when it comes to a student’s health.

"The remote learning is having an impact on some students leading to a little bit more depression isolation, so I think bringing them into school is the benefit to bring them out of it."

Safety is still his top concern, but he is seeing huge success in the students overall performance.

"I believe that human beings need that social interaction, that in-person connection, and I think that in-person connection generates this kind of energy among the students and the teachers, and you can’t replace that through remote learning."

Oneida County’s positivity rate is at 10.8%, and Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente isn’t willing to take chances with any student’s well-being.

"We’re at crunch time right now and so while I’ve you know in the past have talked about it I’d wait a couple weeks until we get this vaccine and push through before I’d open schools again. Let us get the vaccine out. Let us get the vaccine to teachers."

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo believes students are safer in schools than on the streets, but is prepared to step in and shut things down if necessary.

"If their schools are below the level of positivity in the community, then they can keep the schools open. It is up to the local school district to make that decision."

New Hartford Superintendent Robert Nole is sticking with the district’s current plan. He says:

“Given the current trend, it may take our region weeks to get our infection rates back to where they were in early November when we had reached the point to truly consider fully remote instruction for all students.”

The State has recently changed the infection threshold to 9%, and school districts are still waiting for guidance from the state on whether there will be new restrictions.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1279811

Reported Deaths: 41587
CountyCasesDeaths
Queens1600187889
Kings1568738092
Suffolk1298042624
Nassau1160652581
Bronx1069555302
Westchester857231819
New York765463456
Erie524731390
Richmond455161388
Monroe44631780
Rockland32137817
Orange29078656
Onondaga27948535
Oneida16976352
Dutchess16963322
Albany16521260
Niagara12229248
Broome11255260
Saratoga937583
Schenectady8770128
Ulster7822196
Rensselaer6965106
Putnam657675
Chautauqua566064
Chemung5643108
Oswego496169
Ontario477082
Steuben4632131
Cayuga447471
Sullivan388749
Wayne372254
Genesee3689100
St. Lawrence368563
Herkimer368259
Cattaraugus342761
Jefferson327224
Madison317376
Livingston273742
Tompkins270724
Cortland266854
Columbia252472
Allegany237575
Montgomery226575
Tioga222854
Wyoming221244
Clinton220918
Fulton214053
Warren211942
Greene207860
Orleans194569
Chenango179544
Otsego173823
Washington154224
Lewis154024
Seneca123946
Franklin11649
Delaware102923
Essex98819
Schoharie9145
Yates83519
Schuyler72410
Hamilton1471
Unassigned53122
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