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A Message from the Superintendent

October 6, 2021

Whitesboro School Community,

Thank you for all the support you have shown our District since we welcomed our students back in September. Our success to this point can be attributed to everyone working together to achieve our goal of keeping our schools open each and every day.  

As we continue to navigate the school year, I would like to take a moment to provide some insight into the decision making process utilized regarding District events such as parades, dances, and holiday celebrations to name a few.

To put our county’s current status into context, a year ago today there were 100 active COVID-19 cases in Oneida County. Today, there are 1,067. Last year on this date, there was a cumulative total of one positive case for students and zero for staff. Today that total is 46 positive cases for students and 13 for staff. The percentage of active cases of those ages 0-17 continues to rise and is currently at 11.2%, its highest level since the pandemic began.    

When assessing the feasibility and risks involved with in-person events, we consider many factors in addition to COVID-19 data; including, but not limited to, the nature of the activity, age level(s) of participants, number of participants, expected duration, whether the activity is indoors or outdoors, and facility capacity.

Decisions regarding events and activities are made only after full and fair consideration of these and other event-specific variables. It is always our intention to provide the most opportunities for our students, with safety as the overarching principle.  

Our aim is to preserve as many of our planned activities as possible, which may sometimes result in rescheduling an event for a later date in the interest of minimizing COVID-19 risks. Please consult the District website regularly at for updates regarding scheduled events.  

We appreciate your continued understanding as we strive to continue to keep our schools open for in-person learning throughout the year.  

Thank you.

Brian K. Bellair, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools