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.
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. ”
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.