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KCSD updates students and families about closure

MILL HALL — Schools in the Keystone Central School District are scheduled to resume in-classroom learning on Wednesday, Dec. 2. On Friday afternoon, KCSD superintendent Jacquelyn Martin sent an update to students, parents and families.

In it, Martin said that the district will “continue to monitor the local data to determine if we can return to school on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020.”

In addition to remote learning, KCSD announced that all athletic events are postponed until Dec. 2.

“Due to this alarming data, our district is postponing all athletic events until December 2, 2020. Please know, these decisions are very challenging because of the hardships that are placed on many families. Please support one another and work together so that we can get through this in the best possible way. Continue to follow all safety guidelines including proper hygiene, social distancing, mask wearing, avoiding/limiting group gatherings and travel,” Martin said in the email.

The email, which included data from Clinton, Centre and Potter counties, discussed the “substantial” status of COVID-19.

“All three counties are currently registering ‘substantial’ status for COVID-19 for a second straight week. KCSD will continue with a full remote learning model. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are scheduled as early dismissal days. Your principal will provide you with schedules for parent conferences. Thanksgiving Break is scheduled for Thursday, November 26-Tuesday, December 1, 2020. Our team will continue to monitor the local data to determine if we can return to school on Wednesday, December 2, 2020. Our goal is to return to school as soon as we possibly can,” Martin said.

In the email, Martin acknowledged that everyone is “covid-weary.”

“We have been dealing with this virus for nine months now and we are all getting ‘covid-weary.’ We are appreciative and thankful for the patience and understanding of our community, as we work to prioritize the health and safety of our students, staff and their families. We hope that you all have a safe and relaxing Thanksgiving,” Martin said in the email.

On Friday, Clinton County added 22 cases of COVID-19. Its total now stands at 490. However, Clinton County added 42 negative tests on Friday. There are now 5,691 Clinton County residents who have tested negative.

A total of nine Clinton County residents have died as a result of the virus.

The KCSD school board will not meet again until after the holiday. Its next meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3. It is the lone meeting in the month of December.

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