County School Districts Close Until April 20
Updated: Mar 15, 2020
This is a directive issued by Ogdensburg City School Superintend of Schools Kevin Kendall this afternoon.
Due to the State of Emergency declared by the St. Lawrence County Board of Directors, and in consultation with St. Lawrence County and St. Lawrence Public Health, the St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES and its 18 school districts have made a unanimous decision to close school immediately until at least April 20th.
The districts, in collaboration with Public Health, will reevaluate the return of staff and students prior to the 20th to determine whether or not it is safe to return
Beginning Monday, March 23rd, districts will provide breakfast and lunch to students aged 18 and under. Details about the process and procedures for food distribution will be forthcoming.
This decision is a purely preemptive measure to prevent an outbreak of COVID-19 in our community.
As of March 14 at the time of this writing, there are no confirmed cases in St. Lawrence County. However, the Department of Public Health has advised that the best action the districts can take to prevent the spread of this illness in our community is to limit social interaction.
“The County, BOCES, and superintendents of our 18 school districts did not arrive at this decision lightly or without much deliberation and advisement by our partners in Public Health,” said District Superintendent Thomas Burns.
“We are working diligently to provide answers to the many questions we know our parents, staff, and community will have. We are establishing plans and procedures to address concerns about continuing instruction. The districts will have those answers in the coming days
”More information will be forthcoming in next few days, please know that the safety of the Ogdensburg City School District students and staff is our number one priority! Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!