Yellow Zone Preparation Letter
As Governor Cuomo's Micro-Cluster strategy begins to stop the spread, IHC prepares for possible Yellow Zone identification and necessary testing procedures.\
Dear IHC Community,
As you may already be aware, the Governor is using a Micro-Cluster strategy to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in New York State. Based on the infection rate in the zone in which a school resides, a school could be placed in a yellow, orange, or red zone.
If Immaculate Heart Central were to be given a yellow-zone designation, we would be required to test 20% of our students, faculty, and staff over a two-week period immediately following the announcement. During that time, we would still be allowed to continue in-person instruction. If the results of the testing among the 20% of those tested are lower than the yellow zone’s current seven-day positivity rate, in-person instruction will continue, and we would not have to test again. If it were higher, we would have to continue to test and possibly move to remote instruction. Currently, we are not in a yellow, orange, or red zone. We are making preparations in case we are designated a yellow zone.
In the event that we have to test, we believe the Abbott ID or Binax NOW diagnostic test will be used for our students. The testing will be completed at school by trained medical staff from North Country Family Health so that there is little disruption to the instructional day. The test is free, and you will be contacted if your child is randomly chosen for the test.
In order to be prepared in the event we are designated as a yellow zone and are required to test, we are
asking parents/guardians to complete a consent form that will be sent home with your child(ren) tomorrow. Permission forms are due January 19, 2021.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Daniel Charlebois, Principal, PreK-12