Rise in COVID Cases Makes Elmcrest Elementary Go Online Elmcrest Elementary Goes To Remote Learning Due To Rise In COVID Cases

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – School in Onondaga County has been back in session for a month now. As Pfizer is trying to get their vaccine approved for children ages 5 to 11 years-old, mom of two Caitlin Devendorf, at Elmcrest Elementary, has already had to quarantine both of her children.

“My second-grader was quarantined two weeks ago due to an exposure at school,” Devendorf said, “and my fourth grader is currently quarantined due to an exposure at school.”

The school her kids attend has moved to online learning for the week due to an increase in COVID quarantines. Although she wants the school to be in person this year, she said that she is prepared to have to undergo another year of online learning.

With the learning curve of the pandemic last school year, she said that the teachers were very prepared for this switch to online learning. “The teachers found out at 2 o’clock,” Devendorf said, “and in an hour and a half my kids were on the bus, Chromebooks in hand, their chargers, packets of papers, they knew when to sign on, and we were given their schedules.”

President of the Syracuse City School District Dan Romeo said that there are a few schools in the county that are getting prepared to move online as well. As numbers keep going up, and there is still no vaccine for kids under 12. 

With Pfizer pushing for emergency authorization for their vaccine, Devendorf said she will vaccinate her kids instantly, and Romeo said he “would work with the county, to get as many kids vaccinated as they can.”

Syracuse City School District currently does not have a precedent of how many COVID cases are required to constitute that switch to online learning, but Romeo said that it is constantly being monitored by the superintendents. Right now Devendorf, Romeo, and many other parents are just waiting for the vaccine so school life can go back to normal, whatever that new normal might look like.

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