COVID-19 Student Testing Information

COVID-19 Student Testing Information
Posted on 12/09/2020
covid-19 student testing information 12.9.20

As more areas in the State become designated as yellow zones, we are beginning to prepare for the possibility of our schools being in a yellow zone soon. Please note that none of our school locations are currently in any designated zone.

If any of our school locations falls within a designated yellow zone, we are required to test 20% of the in-person students and staff of that school over the 2-week period immediately following a yellow zone designation to continue with in-person instruction for that school location. To determine the size of our testing pool we are asking parents/guardians of students who are attending any of our programs in-person to submit a consent form if you are willing to have your child tested by our school nurse while on school district property.

Please read and complete this form if you consent to have your child tested.




12.4.20
Dear Parents/Guardians:

Recently, Governor Cuomo implemented the New York State Cluster Action Initiative that designates certain geographic areas in the State – “Yellow, Orange or Red Zones” based on certain “target metrics” that were developed by the State. Please click here for more information on the micro-cluster zones (zone requirements are subject to change by the New York State Department of Health and Governor Cuomo).

As more areas in the State become designated as yellow zones, we are beginning to prepare for the possibility of being in a yellow zone in the future. Please note, there are no schools in the Rondout Valley Central School District that are currently in a designated zone.

Under current State requirements, if a school in our District falls within a designated yellow zone, we are required to test 20% of in-person students, teachers, and staff of that school over a two (2) week period immediately following a yellow zone designation in order to continue with in-person instruction for that school. In order to determine the size of our testing pool, we are asking parents/guardians of students who attend in-person learning to submit a consent form if you are willing to have your child tested by a school nurse on school district property.

Please click here to complete and submit the consent form.

Below please find important information regarding COVID-19 testing:
➢ Parental/Guardian consent is required prior to testing students
➢ Testing will be done on school district property by a school nurse
➢ The school nurses will be trained to perform testing by the Ulster County Department of Health (UCDOH)
➢ There will be no charge for tests performed by the District on school property
➢ Parents/Guardians have the option to have their child tested privately off-site and provide a copy of the results to the school nurse
➢ If the results of the testing reveal that the positivity rate among the 20% of those tested is lower than the yellow zone’s current seven-day positivity rate, testing at the school will no longer be required to continue. If it is higher, the District may need to continue testing on a periodic basis, currently bi-weekly.

We are currently working with the UCDOH on the following:
➢ A training schedule to certify our school nurses to perform testing
➢ A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that outlines the responsibilities of the UCDOH and the school district
➢ Securing test kits from the UCDOH

The establishment of a COVID-19 testing program in our schools is dependent on a partnership with the Ulster County DOH. Therefore, a delay in the above from UCDOH could delay and/or prevent us from continuing in-person learning if we are designated a yellow zone soon.

Please be advised that we have not made a determination on whether or not we will proceed with in-person learning if we fall within a designated orange or red zone due to the uncertainty of what the requirement may be in the future for these zones (to date the Governor has made several changes to the micro-cluster zone requirements).

If you have any questions on the above information please contact Krista Kelly RN, at 845-687-2400, Ext. 4604 or Mrs. Lisa Pacht, COVID-19 Safety Officer, at 845-687-2400, Ext. 4805.

Sincerely,

Dr. Joseph Morgan
Superintendent of Schools

To view a signed pdf version of this letter, please click here.