Yellow Zone Testing

  • The Clyde-Savannah CSD has put together some information regarding the testing process should we be placed in a Yellow Zone. As a reminder - at this time we are NOT in a designated yellow zone. The following is informative in nature and we will keep our school community updated if changes are made in any way.

    Yellow Zone Testing

    If, at any point, the geographic area in which the school is located is designated as a yellow zone, the yellow zone biweekly testing requirement of 20% of the inperson population (i.e., students, faculty and staff) applies immediately, and such school shall only be required to test 20% beginning that week, in accordance with DOH’s Interim Guidance on Mandatory COVID-19 Testing in Public and Non-Public Schools Located in Areas Designated as “Yellow Zones” Under the New York State Cluster Action Initiative.

    Schools in yellow zones must test 20% of in-person students, faculty and staff over the two-week period immediately following the announcement of a yellow zone designation. 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 that school will no longer be required to continue. A positivity rate in a school that is lower than in the yellow zone is a sufficient demonstration that in-person instruction is not a significant driver of local viral spread. The current positivity rate for zones can be found at: https://forward.ny.gov/percentage-positive-results-county-dashboard

    If the District cannot meet the mandate of the 20% testing requirement, Districts will need to transition to full virtual learning for all students.

    More information about testing requirements and guidelines can be found HERE.

    Consent Form 

    In order to identify 20% of our school population, we need to have consent from parents and legal guardians of those students. Whether you consent to the testing or not, a completed form must be returned to the school either in person or via email so that we have your response recorded. Please email completed forms directly to Larry Lang at larry.lang@clydesavannah.org. We are asking that all forms be returned by no later than Monday, December 14th. The consent form is available for download at the link below:

    2020 Yellow Zone Testing Consent Form

Communications General Information

  • Describes the numerous communication channels to inform parents, students, teachers, administrators, support staff and the community in general of procedures and protocols with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic. The most highly utilized channels are email and our text message mass communication system, Blackboard Connect. The system sends email, text message, and voice mail alerts, usually pointing to an explanatory document or letter on the school district website. The school website (www.clydesavannah.org) is the primary repository for letters, documents, event headlines, frequently asked questions, and general information about the District and each school building. The website has a dedicated page to all correspondence, sorted chronologically, regarding the coronavirus pandemic. The District will provide guidance to parents and students with the following information regarding COVID-19:

    • When/how long students stay home from class/other activities if they are sick. This includes details on how this will affect grading policies.
    • What they should do if exposure is suspected and what will happen if a student tests positive. This includes details about isolation and when students can return to campus/class/activities. This should also include details about procedures if a student’s close contact tests positive.
    • How student health will be monitored.
    • What to do if parents/students suspect someone else may be sick.
    • When and how students will be permitted to return to campus in the fall, including any new procedures, updates to timing, etc.
    • What will happen if there is a case or an outbreak on campus.
    • How a school closure will be handled, including criteria for deciding campus closure.
    • What additional measures students in vulnerable populations should take and/or what additional options they have.
    • What the new social distancing/PPE protocols on campus are and how a failure to follow these protocols will be handled.

    Faculty & Staff Notification: The district will provide guidance to faculty and staff with the following information regarding COVID-19:

    • When/how long to stay home from work if they are sick. This includes details on how this affects sick time allowance.
    • What they should do if exposure is suspected and what will happen if an employee tests positive. This includes details about isolation and when they can return to work. This also includes details about procedures if an employee’s close contact tests positive.
    • How employee health will be monitored.
    • What to do if they suspect someone else may be sick.
    • When and how they will be permitted to return to work, including any new procedures, updates to timing, etc. This includes details on who is permitted to work from home and under what circumstances.
    • What will happen if there is a case or an outbreak on campus.
    • How a school closure will be handled, including the criteria for school/campus closure decisions.
    • What additional measures employees in vulnerable populations should take and/or what additional options they have.
    • What the new social distancing/PPE protocols on campus are and how a failure to follow these protocols will be handled.
    • How work spaces/classrooms/common areas will be cleaned/disinfected and what is the responsibility of employees vs. institution?