Great Neck Public Schools
SCHOOL REOPENING 2020-2021
NYS Micro-Cluster Strategy
Yellow Zone Designation
On Nov. 23, 2020, Governor Cuomo announced portions of the Great Neck peninsula as a “yellow zone” under the New York State Micro-Cluster Strategy. The yellow zone restrictions were removed by the Governor's Office on Jan. 27, 2021.
This webpage provides information about the NYS Cluster Action Initiative and the actions taken by the district to meet State requirements during the yellow zone designation from Nov. 2020 through Jan. 2021.
NYSDOH: Schools in Orange and Red Zones (updated 12/4/20)
NYSDOH: Mandatory COVID-19 Testing in Yellow Zone Schools - Addendum (updated 11/14/20)
NYSDOH: Mandatory Testing in Schools - Supplemental Guidance (updated 11/12/20)
NYSDOH: Mandatory COVID-19 Testing in Yellow Zone Schools (created 10/9/20)
NY State: Micro-Cluster Strategy Metrics (created 10/21/20)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
New York State Micro-Cluster Strategy
Q: What is the New York State Micro-Cluster Strategy?
A: Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH) instituted a Micro-Cluster Strategy that uses data and factors to identify areas where clusters of COVID-19 may be occurring, assigning them as Red, Orange or Yellow Cluster Zones, and implementing recommendations and restrictions based on their rating.
For more information, visit https://forward.ny.gov/
Q: What is the District’s current designation?
A: On Nov. 23, Governor Cuomo announced portions of the Great Neck Peninsula as a yellow zone. This designation is determined by the NYSDOH based on a geographic area’s 7-day positivity rate. Great Neck’s yellow zone boundaries, which are established by the State, include schools located north of Northern Boulevard.
Q: Is the entire District located in the yellow zone?
A: The current Great Neck yellow zone does not encompass our entire school district. The yellow zone boundaries set by the State include: E.M. Baker, John F. Kennedy and Saddle Rock elementary schools, North Middle School, North High School, Village School and the SEAL program. The District's other schools -- Parkville, Lakeville, South Middle, and South High -- are located outside the zone boundaries and are therefore exempt from yellow zone requirements. (See the detailed map above.)
Q: What are the testing requirements for our schools identified as being part of a yellow cluster zone?
A: Schools located in a yellow zone must test 20% of the combined in-person staff and student population over a two-week period immediately following the announcement of a yellow zone designation. If the results of the testing reveal that the positivity rate among those tested is lower than the yellow zone’s current 7-day positivity rate, testing at that school will no longer be required to continue.
State-Required COVID-19 Testing in Our Schools (Dec. 2020)
Q: Has the District selected a third-party vendor to administer and process COVID-19 tests?
A: Yes. The tests will be administered by trained professionals from ATC Healthcare Testing and Screening. Samples will be processed at a laboratory.
Q: What type of test will be used?
A: Trained professionals will administer a PCR test, which is considered the “gold standard” in the diagnosis of COVID-19. Also called a molecular test, this COVID-19 test detects genetic material of the virus using a lab technique called polymerase chain reaction (PCR). A fluid sample is collected by inserting a long nasal swab (nasopharyngeal swab) into the nostril and taking fluid from the back of your nose to get a sample. Results will be available in 2-3 days.
Q: When will testing take place?
A: Testing is scheduled to take place on Monday, Dec. 7 and Tuesday, Dec. 8. Each school within the yellow zone will be assigned a specific time frame for trained professionals to administer tests for students and staff at that location.
Q: How will the selection of in-person students and staff to be tested occur?
A: The District is asking for voluntary participation of students and staff by completing the GNPS COVID-19 Test Consent Form. Students and staff who submit consent forms by Dec. 3 will be included in the testing on Dec. 7 and Dec. 8.
Q: Can parents be present when their child is being tested?
A: The District has arranged for an after-school window to accommodate parents who wish to be present during their child’s COVID test. These testing periods are scheduled for Dec. 7 and Dec. 8 from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. at North Middle School. In accordance with the District's COVID visitor protocols, parents are not permitted at tests administered during the school day.
Q: Will there be a charge for in-district COVID-19 testing?
A: There will be no out-of-pocket expenses for these tests. The third-party vendor can charge your health insurance provider for the cost of the exam. If a student is not covered by medical insurance, the parent/guardian may provide a Social Security Number and the cost will be billed to the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act.