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The first wave of students return to school in the Staten Island COVID Orange Zone

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In some schools on Staten Island in the state-imposed COVID-19 Orange Zone, learning is back in person.

Students from schools in District 1 through 32 in 3-K, Kindergarten and Kindergarten through Grade 5 who participate in blended learning can return to class on Wednesday.

 

In-person learning is back on for some Staten Island schools in the state-imposed COVID-19 orange zone. Students in District 1-32 schools in 3-K, Pre-K and Kindergarten through fifth grades enrolled in blended learning can return to the classroom Wednesday. New testing protocols are in place that require students to present consent forms. This includes randomized weekly and monthly testing. Staff and students will have increased symptom and exposure screenings. Teachers at P.S. 23 in Richmondtown told NY1 they were excited to be back. “I’m thrilled to go back. The kids need us back in there,” said Lidia Grassullo, a third grade teacher. “We feel very safe in school. Our windows are open, we’re getting air through the room, kids are separated, they’re amazing. We’re ready.” Future closures will be based on positive COVID-19 rates within specific schools, not citywide. On Monday, city schools reopened for early education students that weren’t in designated orange zones. This came after a two-week school shutdown where the city reevaluated its standards for closing. The mayor had previosuly set a 3% positivity rate (based on a seven-day rolling average) as the threshold for shutting all public schools. The city will now model its approach to school closures based off the city and state’s color-coded zones. It has also revamped testing and increased capacity in its “situation room,” which will help monitor schools more precisely on an individual basis.

 

There are new test protocols that require students to submit informed consent forms. This includes random weekly and monthly tests.

Employees and students are increasingly screened for symptoms and exposure.

The teachers at P. S. 23 in Richmondtown told NY1 they were excited to be back.

“I’m really looking forward to coming back. The children need us there,” said Lidia Grassullo, a third grade teacher. “We feel very safe at school. Our windows are open, we blow air into the room Children are separated, they are amazing. We are ready. ”

First Wave of Students Head Back to School in Staten Island COVID Orange Zone

 

Future closings are based on positive COVID-19 rates in certain schools, not across the city.

On Monday, schools in the city reopened to early childhood students who were not in the designated orange zones. It did so after the closure of a two-week school where the city revised its closure standards.

The mayor had previously set a positivity rate of 3% (based on a moving average of seven days) as the threshold for closing all public schools. The city will now model its approach to school closings using the color-coded areas of the city and state. He has also revised the tests and increased the capacity of his “Situation Room” to be able to follow the schools more closely on an individual basis.

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