Coronavirus Update, May 12, 2021

The Ithaca City School district will likely stop following a hybrid learning model in the Fall.

This is so long as government authorities allow

ICSD currently teaches a mix of in-person and online classes, usually with one teacher managing both types of the classroom at the same time. The Ithaca Voice reports that the system has attracted criticism from teachers, parents, and students alike.

The hurdles for the Ithaca City School district returning to normalcy start with the emergency authorization which the COVID-19 vaccine is administered under. Until the vaccine gains non-emergency authorization status, it can’t be made a scheduled mandate for students in public school’s, like with other vaccines.

Another hurdle is that COVID-19 vaccines will also need to be approved for children younger than 16. Although, groups in the CDC and at the Federal level are voting on whether to allow and recommend children ages 12 through 15 to receive the Pfizer vaccine.

Tompkins County is reporting 43 active cases of COVID-19, and 3 new positive cases of the virus.

Schuyler County is reporting 1 new case of COVID-19, and 6 active cases.