Updated: January 07, 2021 06:28 PM
Created: January 07, 2021 05:48 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Webster Central School District will resume testing of their in-person students, and staff for COVID-19. The district is taking this step although they're not required to by the state, as Webster sits in a yellow zone.
Webster school leaders say the tests will resume based on Public Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza's guidance, and because of the region's high positivity rate. They're joining other schools in the yellow zone that are also currently testing.
In a letter sent to parents, the school district says it will begin testing 5-percent of in-person students, and staff each week. It will be broken down by grades. Dr. Mendoza says he's been meeting with school superintendents from all over the county regarding the tests. He also says each district has already been provided with all the testing supplies they need.
"This would just give them additional information to inform their practices," Mendoza said. "To give them feedback about how they're doing as well as to give some feedback to a lot of parents who are rightfully concerned knowing that their numbers are going up in the community. Seeing hospitalizations have increased in the last month. I think this is a way of providing accurate reassurance to the parents, and to our community."
Last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo hinted at all schools in communities with 9% infection rates be required to test but never provided any additional guidance. News10NBC asked Mendoza if he's received any clarification from the state, and he said so far nothing yet.
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