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Now we have learned that all school staff will be asked to take a COVID-19 test in the days leading up to the first day of class, reports Ali Bauman of CBS2.
Once everyone is back to school, there are several different plans for dealing with confirmed cases of COVID-19. Each depends on the number of confirmed cases.
If there is a confirmed case, that student’s class will switch to distance learning while students and staff in that class will be quarantined for 14 days.
The same is true if there are two confirmed cases in the same class.
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If there are at least two confirmed cases in multiple classrooms at the same school, the entire school building closes and all students in the school switch to distance learning while contact tracers investigate .
If there are multiple cases in a school and the contact tracers cannot determine a link between them, the school will close for 14 days and all students will learn remotely.
“People are going to see very quickly that there will be nothing close to normal, not until we have a vaccine and people are vaccinated,” New York Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza said.
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Schools will also need to take precautions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, including things like an isolation room for students with symptoms and overnight disinfection and cleaning.
School buildings will not reopen after a potential outbreak without confirmation from public health experts.
In a statement Thursday night, the New York Teachers Union called the plan confusing and “absolutely frightening.”