So far, so good in Westmoreland reopening, officials say

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WESTMORELAND — The Westmoreland school district’s reopening for the 2020-21 academic year, which included the first day of classes two weeks ago amid COVID-19 considerations, appears to be working as hoped, says Superintendent Rocco Migliori.

In a message Monday to parents, guardians and the school community, Migliori discussed the status of the reopening “as we start our third week of school” and also noted a few adjustments.

“Transportation kinks have been worked out, we hired three additional laborers to help with daily cleaning and disinfecting, and technology glitches continue to be ironed out,” Migliori said.

The Westmoreland district’s reopening plan from school closures last spring due to COVID-19 included students in grades K-6 attending school in-person every day, with students in grades 7-12 alternating in-person and remote learning days on a hybrid schedule.

Migliori’s message Monday also offered reminders about health-screening procedures that include electronically in advance plus in-person checks before entering a school building; and procedures for anyone with a symptom consistent with those of COVID-19. Those steps include being sent home, and for re-admittance the person must either complete a 14-day quarantine, be cleared by a doctor, or provide a negative test result at least six days after symptoms appeared.

Noting “the number of positive cases in Oneida County is slightly higher than when school started,” Migliori said “it’s still very low but we will continue to monitor. Cases have also gone up slightly, so we need to remain vigilant.” He said “should anyone who enters one of our buildings have COVID-19, we will do everything we can to ensure the transmission rate is as low as possible,” but added “we can’t control what happens outside of school, so we ask that everyone do their part to keep us all safe and our doors open for in-person instruction.”

Migliori thanked recipients of his message “for doing your part to help make the first two weeks back to school successful and as normal as they could be, given the situation.”

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