Re-Opening OBEN Schools
Travel Advisory Information
In the recently issued Executive Order 205.2, Governor Cuomo revised the New York State Travel Advisory and quarantine requirements for travelers arriving in New York State effective November 4, 2020. All travelers entering New York from a state that is on the State Travel Advisory List may now have a shorter quarantine than the mandated 14 days if they meet the following criteria:
- Travelers who were in another state for less than 24 hours are not required to quarantine upon their arrival in New York but must now complete a State travel information form and take a COVID-19 test four (4) days after their arrival.
- Travelers who were in another state for more than 24 hours must obtain a COVID-19 test within the 72 hours preceding their departure from that state prior to their arrival in New York. The traveler must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine according to Department of Health (“DOH”) guidelines for a minimum of 3 days, measured from time of arrival and on day 4 may seek a COVID-19 test to exit quarantine. If both COVID-19 tests are negative, the traveler may exit quarantine upon receipt of the second negative test result.
In the event a traveler does not submit to the early release from quarantine testing protocols, he or she would remain subject to the general 14-day mandatory quarantine rule.
In addition to the states on the travel advisory list, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts have been experiencing higher rates of transmission that meet the metrics for the list. However, Governor Cuomo stated that because these states are so intertwined with New York economically, he will not add them to the list. Instead, he is urging New Yorkers to avoid non-essential travel to these states. Please see the link below for the complete travel advisory list and the quarantine guidance issued by the DOH. This list changes almost daily so please check back often. We must all do our part to adhere to DOH requirements to keep our learning community safe.
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.
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)
Please see tabs at left for additional information.
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.