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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: 2769624

Reported Deaths: 57725
CountyCasesDeaths
Kings35194510985
Queens32876810428
Suffolk2593403697
Nassau2291983338
Bronx2142426810
New York1785074667
Westchester1494462357
Erie1283712079
Monroe1001491259
Richmond934401975
Orange63182944
Onondaga60869824
Rockland55960783
Dutchess38515513
Albany35159419
Oneida33993651
Niagara29625425
Broome28853437
Saratoga25582228
Schenectady19780248
Ulster19468293
Rensselaer17938197
Chautauqua15521197
Oswego14611138
Putnam13335101
St. Lawrence13331146
Chemung13197176
Steuben12958194
Ontario12079121
Jefferson11736108
Wayne10658105
Cattaraugus10337165
Cayuga9951114
Sullivan990390
Genesee8949146
Herkimer8587145
Clinton834948
Fulton8040115
Tompkins762561
Warren762198
Madison7614109
Livingston745977
Montgomery7406163
Washington698982
Tioga654874
Cortland619489
Allegany6191123
Columbia5880115
Orleans573096
Chenango572797
Franklin563027
Otsego557466
Wyoming551569
Greene507890
Delaware462553
Lewis431640
Seneca340069
Essex307338
Schoharie281624
Yates206134
Schuyler200720
Hamilton5253
Unassigned1482
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