School Guidance: COVID-19 mini-cluster Yellow, Orange, and Red Zone
November 6, 2020
Dear Williamsville Central School District Families and Staff,
As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 global health pandemic, we wanted to provide you with information as the rate of infection increases and cases continue to rise in our region. Earlier this week, Governor Andrew Cuomo shared further guidance regarding mini-clusters and whether an area would be classified in a “Yellow,” “Orange,” or a “Red” zone.
Here are the COVID-19 metrics for each zone:
Yellow Zone: 7-day rolling average positivity above 2.5% for 10 days and the geographic area has 10 or more new daily cases per 100,000 residents on a 7-day rolling average.
Orange Zone: 7-day rolling average positivity above 3% for 10 days and the geographic area has 10 or more new daily cases per 100,000 residents on a 7-day rolling average.
Red Zone: 7-day rolling average positivity above 4% for 10 days and the geographic area has 10 or more new daily cases per 100,000 residents on a 7-day rolling average.
It is important to note, that specific zip codes or buildings can be placed into these zones depending on where the mini-cluster is defined.
Schools included in the 14051-zip code are: Casey, Dodge, East, and Transit. Schools included in the 14221-zip code are: Country Parkway, Forest, Heim Elementary, Heim Middle, Maple East, Maple West, Mill, North, and South.
While schools can remain open if they are placed into a “Yellow Zone,” it is important to note that there is a mandatory weekly testing requirement to keep schools open. The current guidance requires 20% of the in-person population (students and staff) to be randomly tested on a weekly basis. If the testing parameters and/or capacity cannot be met by the testing authority, school building(s) will be required to close for in-person classes and will transition to remote instruction.
Orange Zone and Red Zone
If placed in an Orange or Red Zone, schools will be required to go temporarily fully-remote for at least two weeks. In order to re-open, all students, faculty, and staff must have a negative COVID-19 test result to attend school in-person while also meeting any other New York State Department of Health testing requirements.
For further information, please refer to the memos attached.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
Dr. John McKenna
Acting Superintendent of Schools