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Required CCSD COVID Testing - Questions and Answers

Dear Clarkstown Faculty/Staff:

I hope this communication finds you and your family members healthy and in good spirits.

I have recently had some questions following our letter that was sent to the faculty, staff and parents located in the six Yellow Zone schools, as well as the District Office.  In an effort to provide you clarity, please see the questions and answers below pertaining to Yellow Zone testing protocols:

Question:  Is testing mandatory?

Answer: As per the Yellow Zone designation, testing is required in order for schools within the 10956 zip code to offer in-person hybrid instruction beginning December 14th.  To meet this requirement, we are seeking students and staff within the identified locations willing to participate in testing on a voluntary basis to allow the schools and the District Office to open. 

Question: What happens if a school doesn’t reach their 20% testing total?

Answer: At this time, if the district meets the 20% threshold and the testing positivity rate is lower than the 7 day positivity rate for the entire identified Yellow Zone, the district will not have to continue the testing protocol. If the District doesn’t meet those thresholds, hybrid instruction continues and a new group of faculty/staff and students would be needed for testing to try to reach 20% within a new 14-day testing period.

Question: If faculty/staff go to their own provider for testing, will the district give reimbursement for the cost?

Answer: No, the District will not provide reimbursement. Testing is available at no cost, and information for free testing via the State Department of Health was provided in the letter on December 4.  Other locations may charge your insurance but waive copays. 

Question: If a faculty/staff member would like to get tested during the school day, how do they inform their principal/supervisor of the request? 

Answer: We are asking that employees contact their supervisor at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled time for a test so supervisors have the appropriate time to find coverage. Teachers will need to make arrangements to provide asynchronous teaching during their time away from the classroom and share such information in advance with their students after confirmation of available coverage. 

In the event you have further questions, please contact your principal or supervisor who will be able to assist you.

Thank you.

Stay strong!  Stay healthy!

Sincerely,

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Martin D. Cox
Superintendent of Schools

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Sue Sherlock, FNP
Coordinator of Health Services