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Update from Superintendent Ross about yellow zones and COVID testing

Nov. 30, 2020

Dear Heatly families,

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the state has begun labeling areas of New York with high COVID-19 rates as yellow, orange or red zones. These zones are based on the COVID-19 positivity rates in those areas. If a region is placed in one of these zones, there are various restrictions for a number of entities, including schools. 

The district is actively working on a testing strategy in the event we hit a yellow zone designation and are required to test 20% of our in-person population. Albany County is approaching a yellow zone designation and we are working to learn how it will impact our school community. We will alert our families as more information becomes available and when we receive more guidance about yellow zones, as well as orange zones.

In preparation for a potential yellow zone designation, we have developed a testing consent form for our students. The testing will be done by Nurse Valentine and is the non-invasive nasal swab. See the demonstration on Superintendent Ross. Those who consent to be tested will be randomly selected. We will alert all parents/guardians if their child is tested and what their test results are. This testing is a requirement to keep our building open for in-person instruction, per Governor Cuomo’s guidelines.

We encourage our families to continue to watch their email and the district website for information. As always, please contact Principal Mazzeo or me if you have any questions.

Thank you for your patience, flexibility and grace so far this school year!

Kimberly Ross
Superintendent of Schools