Oriskany to livestream home games; schedule change for kindergarten in Oneida

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A new COVID-19 student case in Remsen, live-streaming plans for home basketball games in Oriskany, and increased in-person days for kindergarteners in Oneida were among school district announcements relating to the pandemic.

• Remsen — The district was “made aware of one elementary student that tested positive for COVID-19 today,” Superintendent Timothy Jenny said in a letter Wednesday to parents and guardians.

“This student has not been in school since before winter break,” Jenny said. “While there is no risk of exposure or a need for contact tracing here at school, we want to be sure to keep everyone informed.”

In order for the district to “continue to successfully stay open for in-person instruction,” Jenny’s letter also said, he again reminded parents and guardians to observe guidelines in the event of a household member testing positive for the virus or if traveling to a non-adjacent state.

• Oriskany — “We will be live streaming every home game for all of our basketball teams this season,” Athletic Director Kevin Jones said in a letter Wednesday to parents and community members.

The streams will be available on the district website through a link, and will be archived so they also can be watched later, said Jones.

“In the coming days, we will have more in-depth, step-by-step directions on how to access the streams,” Jones added. “Away games will also be streamed by the schools we compete against, and those streams can be accessed on each respective district’s website.”

No spectators are allowed due to the pandemic. Among sports included in the district’s winter athletics plan are basketball for boys and girls at modified, JV, and varsity levels,

Other school districts also have made arrangements for various athletics events to be viewed remotely.

Oneida — Kindergarten will be full-day in-person, four days a week, effective March 8, interim Superintendent Kathleen Davis announced Tuesday. Wednesdays will be a remote day.

The district’s previous schedule has included student kindergarten groups attending school two days a week and learning remotely the other days.

“The team has worked diligently to identify space, prepare rooms, schedule busing, and develop lesson plans so we are ready for your child,” said Davis. “We will continue to identify ways to support all learners K-12 over the next few months. This will involve designing intervention programs, preparing summer school options as well as afterschool supports. As space is further analyzed we will make determinations on student program changes.”

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