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Superintendent's Message

August 27, 2021

Dear Southern Cayuga Families, Staff, & Friends,

It is with great enthusiasm that I welcome everyone to the 2021- 2022 school year.   First of all, I want to express my appreciation to the Southern Cayuga community for their continued support of our students and schools.  Our community did an exceptional job minimizing infection last year and by working together, we will protect our school’s ability to provide in-person instruction for every Southern Cayuga student. 

As I mentioned in my last email, Southern Cayuga schools plan to welcome all students back to in-person, everyday instruction.  We look forward to seeing all of our students on September 7.  As we prepare for the new school year, we continue to monitor community transmission rates of COVID-19 and guidance from the CDC, NYS Department of Education, and our local health department.   

In September, precautions similar to those in-place in May and June will remain in place for the start of the school year.  Current CDC guidance for schools includes face masks inside, even for those persons vaccinated, social distancing, daily temperature checks, and enhanced cleaning procedures.  Updated COVID/Reopening information can be found on our webpage at  Southern Cayuga will continue to work proactively with the Cayuga County Health Department to minimize the risk of infection and to identify individuals who require isolation or quarantine.  In October, I plan to revisit the mask mandate for vaccinated students and staff in grades 7-12.   I remain optimistic that our situation will improve as more folks are vaccinated.   

The capital project continues to move forward and major construction should be completed by Labor Day.  New driveways and sidewalks will be finished, along with major renovation work at the high school.  The project has proved challenging as building supply delays will push some work into the fall.  We greatly appreciate our community support for these critical improvements. 

On behalf of our entire faculty, staff, administration, and Board of Education, thank you for your understanding, patience, and compassion for our fellow community members as we work to find as much normalcy as possible for the children of Southern Cayuga. 

Stay Safe and Take Care,

Patrick Jensen
Southern Cayuga CSD

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Patrick Jensen, Superintendent
2384 State Route 34B
Aurora, NY 13026