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More than 2,500 COVID-19 Test Kits Distributed

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In an effort to keep schools open for in-person instruction, New York State committed to distributing COVID-19 at-home test kits to school districts across the state. The intent was to allow for students to be tested prior to returning to school on January 3.

On Saturday, January 1, the Whitesboro Central School District received a shipment of these testing kits and implemented its plan to distribute them to families on January 2. We are happy to announce that we were able to distribute 2,565 kits containing a total of 5,130 tests to parents/guardians.

“Our District is doing everything possible to remain open for in-person learning,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian K. Bellair. “Providing the at-home test kits to families is one of many strategies we are utilizing to maximize in-person learning. We are extremely pleased with the turnout for this event and appreciate all that our families do in support of our efforts.”

Thank you to the following volunteers who made this event possible: Ron Adams, Angie Aguiar, Jill Bauernfeind, Brian Bellair, Tina Carey, Jennifer Carpenter, Dave Cognetti, Sandy Davis, John Egresits, Diana Farley, Jennifer Faulkner, Carissa Hajdasz, Mary Karbowski, Ray Krol, Bridget Kuhn, Luke Manolescu, Anthony Mould, Joe Muller, Paul Nichols, Chris O’Neil, Greg Pohorecki, Lisa Putnam, Dave Russo, Renee Russo, Sharon Scharbach, Mike Spost, Shari Steadman, Kevin Storsberg, Rick Thompson and Mark Tritten.

As a reminder, all students, staff and visitors are required to wear masks while indoors. Given the highly transmissible nature of the Omicron variant, 2-ply surgical, KN95 or N95 masks are strongly recommended. Gaiter masks are not permitted. Students without an appropriate mask will be given one for use while at school. Schools reserve the right to determine if a mask conforms to CDC and Health Department guidelines.