Re-Opening OBEN Schools
The New York State Department of Health has released a toolkit that outlines pre-K-grade 12 protocols for screening and testing. Information in this toolkit pertains to families, students, staff, and medical providers. Please take a moment to read it at the link below.
School districts are required to report known COVID cases to the Department of Health (DOH) on a daily basis. This information is publicly available on the DOH COVID-19 Data Dashboard. We anticipate that this portal will serve as a primary source of information to keep our learning community updated.
CLARIFICATION ON ACCEPTABLE FACE COVERINGS
As per the CDC's updated guidance on face coverings gaiters, bandanas and face coverings with vents are no longer permitted as effective face coverings in our school buildings. Our District’s medical team strongly supports these recommendations and requires all to adhere to the guidance by wearing the appropriate face coverings as outlined by the CDC. Please know that our buildings are equipped with disposable face coverings for those who need one. Our District is continually evaluating and adjusting our health and safety protocols to best meet the needs of our learning community. We greatly appreciate your continued cooperation and support in keeping our schools safe.
CLEARED4CLASS Questionnaire Must be Completed DAILY
As you are aware, the District is using a health & safety platform called CLEARED4CLASS. You should be receiving a daily text that prompts you to respond to a link that reveals a questionnaire. THIS QUESTIONNAIRE MUST BE COMPLETED DAILY BEFORE YOUR CHILD COMES TO SCHOOL. (This is a change from completing it every 14 days as originally communicated so that we can better manage and mitigate illness.) CLEARED4CLASS is CRITICAL to our district-wide health management plan because it enables us to monitor COVID symptoms and quickly identify others who might have been exposed if someone has symptoms. Each day, based on your survey answers, you will get a green, orange or red status.
- For students, parents and teachers with no symptoms, and no known risk of exposure for at least 10 days, you will receive a GreenPass to your device (similar to a boarding pass for a flight) which means you are safe to come to school.
- Your child is not required to display anything upon entry to the building.
- No app or download is needed and there is no log in required. Simply bookmark the link to your device.
- If you report symptoms, you will not receive a GreenPass for that day, and you will be asked to stay at home for at least 10 days.
- You are asked to respond daily, except for weekends.
If you do not receive a GreenPass for any reason, even an error submission, you must notify the District’s COVID Coordinator Ms. Eileen McCartney at EMcCartney@obenschools.org immediately. Even if you re-take the questionnaire and receive a GreenPass this step is required.
If you have any change in status regarding symptoms or exposure, please access your link right away to notify the COVID Coordinator. Please do not wait to do this.
If you have any issues using CLEARED4CLASS, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virtual Family Meetings
The District held online discussion/Q&A meetings for families to address questions about the re-opening of schools. These meetings were recorded and can be accessed for viewing at the links below.
Vernon families - See Recorded Meeting Here
TR families - See Recorded Meeting Here
OBHS families - See Recorded Meeting Here (Grades 7-12)
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