Yellow Zone

Dear Families,
 
Governor Cuomo recently released guidance on the New York Cluster Initiative to aggressively respond to micro-clusters (outbreaks of new cases with a limited and definable geographic region.) Each county is assigned a tiered location and each tier has individualized metrics to enter a yellow, orange or red zone. A yellow zone is a precautionary measure to assist in mitigating wider outbreaks of COVID-19. Each zone has implications for in-person and remote learning.
 
To be designated as a yellow zone:
 
*Warren County’s seven-day infection rate must be 3.5% or higher for 10 consecutive days;
 
*Currently Warren County’s current seven-day infection rate is 1.2%.
 
*Warren County’s seven-day average of new positives must be 10 or more.
 
Warren County’s average is currently 4.3.
 
New York State Department of Health has determined that schools open to in-person instruction in Yellow Zones are required to test 20% of in-person students, faculty and staff over a two-week period in order to remain open for in-person instruction. It continues to be our goal to be open to in-person instruction. Here’s what you need to know:
 
1. Abraham Wing is actively working with Warren County DOH on developing a plan to conduct our own COVID-19 testing on site under Warren County Public Health’s laboratory certification. Our school nurse will be administering the rapid tests and county health officials will provide the tests, technical support, training and assistance.
 
2. We will not test your child without your consent. Please read through the consent form and submit it by Wednesday, December 3, 2020.
 
3. The test itself is non-invasive, simple, and quick. Although a nasal swab is used for this test, it is a shallow swabbing, done very quickly. It is not the PCR test that has been uncomfortable for many to endure. Please watch the video posted on the school website and social media accounts demonstrating a nasal swab.
 
4. We will test 20% of our in-person population.
 
5. Testing is not mandatory, and nobody will be excluded from school if they choose not to be tested. However, please consider that if we do not have consent to test a unique 20% of students and staff while in a Yellow Zone, we will need to shift to fully remote learning.
 
6. The District will randomly sample from throughout the list of those who have consented to testing.
 
7. Students and staff chosen for testing will be retrieved from classes at their testing time and be brought to the nurse’s office. They will be given the test and immediately returned to their class. We will make this a very quick process so as to minimize time out of class. Due to the daily screening, everyone in person is presumed to be negative. Taking the test doesn’t change that and participants continue to be presumed negative. If a positive test result occurs, the student will be asked to report to the nurse’s office and the procedure for isolating in the nurse’s office and contacting the family for physician follow up will be followed.
 
8. We’re hoping for your consent! Mrs. Vogel has sent out the link to complete the consent form. The link can also be found on our website www.abewing.org. Similar to the weekly screening form, you will have to consent for each of your children separately.
 
Questions? Please contact the district at 518-792-3231 or by email at bgeorge@abewing.org.
 
Thank you in advance for watching the video and considering participation. We’re hopeful that everyone joins in this effort but respect your decisions with regard to your child’s health.
 
Best wishes for continued good health and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!