(WIVB) – Keeping schools open, especially for younger students in grades kindergarten through eighth, is a priority in what Governor Como calls his “Winter Plan.”
He says this plan has three parts, one of which is to create a testing plan that will allow schools to stay open.
His team plans to establish a safe positive rate for schools, focusing on establishing an appropriate level of testing that the district can handle for a period of time.
He says the number of tests a school district needs will vary across the state, also taking into account the tests that still need to be available to nursing homes, essential workers, etc.
“All data indicates that schools are safer than the surrounding community, and we want to continue testing in schools, but we need a sustainable testing rate in schools.”
Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York State
The other part of the plan involves coming up with a way to dispense a final vaccine and tweaking factors that determine whether the exact mass is yellow, orange, or red.
As the nation enters what could be the worst time period in the pandemic, Cuomo says, the country will also assess the district’s hospitalization rate, hospital bed, and ICU bed capacity as two factors that will influence designating the district’s color.