Yellow Zone Information & Testing Consent Form
Yellow Zone Information
In October Governor Cuomo 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. Each zone has implications for in-person and remote learning.
WSWHE BOCES is proactively planning should a micro-cluster be designated in one of our program locations. Since WSWHE BOCES has programs in buildings in three counties - Saratoga County, Warren County and Washington County - our response may be different depending on where a designated micro cluster might be located.
A yellow zone is a precautionary measure to assist in mitigating wider outbreaks of COVID-19. To be designated as a yellow zone:
- The infection rate must be 3.5% (Washington and Warren Counties) and 3% (Saratoga County) or higher for 10 consecutive days;
- The seven-day average of new positives must be 10 or more;
Some locations are far from reaching those numbers, but others are closer. In the event one of our instructional sites is located in a designated yellow zone, Department of Health (DOH) guidance requires that schools test 20% of in-person students, along with 20% of teachers and staff over the two-week period in order to remain open for in-person instruction.
Our goal is to remain open for in-person instruction, therefore we are actively preparing for in-school testing in the event one of our instructional sites reaches the yellow zone, or other cluster threshold designated by the Governor.
Testing Consent Form
WSWHE BOCES has partnered with Warren County Public Health and the Adirondack Health & Wellness to conduct the COVID-19 Rapid Test onsite during the school day.
To help us prepare for testing should any of our instructional sites be designated as a “yellow zone”, please review the school-based testing information and frequently asked questions and consider giving consent for school-based COVID-19 testing by filling out the Consent for Student COVID-19 Testing Form. If you consent, your child may be randomly selected to receive a free COVID-19 Rapid Test. Students who attend our programs remotely do not need to fill out this form.
Testing is not mandatory, and no one will be excluded from school because they choose not to be tested. However, if we do not receive consent from at least 20% of students and staff, we would likely be forced to shift to fully remote instruction.