Planning for Re-Opening & Coronavirus Information

To report that your child has tested positive for COVID-19 during non-school hours or weekends,
please send an email that includes your contact information to COVID19@pearlriver.org 

Planning for Re-Opening Page
Return to School Protocols 
Remote Learning Plan
Contact Tracing Plan
COVID-19 Testing Plan

NYS COVID Dashboard

District News

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    County Testing by Good Samaritan Hospital

    Dear Pearl River School Community,

    As part of our yellow zone testing requirement, we scheduled several dates for our school physician, Dr. Padre, to conduct drive thru testing. On Saturday, we tested over 100 students and staff.

    A week of school surveillance testing has been coordinated with Good Samaritan Hospital for schools who fall within the “yellow zone”. The test being used is a BINAX card test which is a saliva test. The State allows this test to be used for the purpose of yellow zone testing. The confirmed schedule for sites for yellow zone school testing this week is as follows:

    Monday, 11/30/2020: 11am-2pm  Palisades Mall Drive-up testing - Garage Entrance West (ramp entrance next to Best Buy). Walk-up for people coming by bus. Please follow signs.

    Tuesday, 12/01/2020: 11am-2pm  Suffern High School, 49 Viola Rd, Suffern, NY 10901

    Wednesday, 12/02/2020: 11am-2pm  Spring Valley High School, 361 E Route 59, Spring Valley, NY 10977

    Thursday, 12/03/2020: 11am-2pm  Rockland BOCES Bldg 10, 65 Parrott Rd, West Nyack, NY 10994

    Friday, 12/04/2020: 11am-2pm  Palisades Mall Drive-up testing - Garage Entrance West (ramp entrance next to Best Buy). Walk-up for people coming by bus. Please follow signs.

    Parents who volunteered to have their child tested and have not yet done so can test at one of the locations above. Please let the school nurse know if you tested and send her a copy of the results. Please note that we have contacted the Department of Health to find out the status of the required 20% testing when we are on remote learning. We are waiting to hear if testing this week can be counted towards the initial 20% when we return to in-person instruction or if we will have to move to the next 20%. As soon as we hear, we will let our school community know. 

    If you wish to have your child tested at one of the sites above, please click the link at the bottom of this letter to print the required paperwork and bring it with you to the testing location. 

    Please make note of the lab findings:

    • If a Binax card test (asymptomatic/school surveillance) is positive, the student/staff must quarantine and go for a PCR test within 48 hours. If the PCR test is positive then the student/staff must isolate. Case investigation and contact tracing will begin.
    • If the PCR test is negative, the student/staff is released from quarantine and not counted as a case.
    • If the Binax card test (asymptomatic/school surveillance) is negative, there is no need for further testing.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Marco F. Pochintesta

    Good Samaritan Hospital POC COVID-19 Form

    Pearl River School District
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    11-24-20 COVID Testing Update

    Dear Pearl River School District Parents,

    In reviewing the survey responses, we are monitoring the number of parents per school who are willing to take their child for Yellow Zone COVID testing.  At this time, although the gap has narrowed, we still fall short of the required 20% of in-person hybrid students volunteering to take a COVID-19 test at all schools. We have made arrangements with our school physician, Dr. Cindy Padre, to administer nasal swab PCR tests, via drive-up testing at the Pearl River Middle School on:
    - Saturday, November 28th from 2:15 to 4:30 PM
    - Monday November 30th from 5:15 to 7:00 PM
    -Tuesday, December 1st from 5:15 to 7:00 PM

    A parent and/or guardian must accompany the student. You are required to bring your health insurance card and a pen to complete paperwork. There will be no co-pay, however, your insurance will be billed by the lab. Testing is ONLY open to Pearl River School District hybrid learning students. At this time we are asking parents to please inform your school if you are going to seek an outside source of testing through a free testing site or through your pediatrician so that we can keep an accurate count as we work towards our first 20% requirement. We want to make sure that we are not testing more than 20% of our in-person hybrid population.  We may have to continue testing with a new group of 20% and want to avoid students testing twice.

    As per the Yellow Zone Testing Q and A information that was sent out yesterday, parents can also find a testing location at the following website: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you, or call NYS COVID-19 hotline at 1-888-364-3065. NYS offers free testing at Anthony Wayne Recreation Area at Bear Mountain by appointment (888) 364-3065.  You can also call your healthcare provider or pediatrician to see if they have testing available.  The Rockland County Department of Health is trying to assist schools in the county with free testing, but we do not have any information on this yet. If you have had your child tested for COVID 19 on or after November 23, please email the results of that test to the school nurse.  Please note for the purpose of Yellow Zone testing,  a rapid COVID test is acceptable. 

    Pearl River School District
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    Yellow Zone Testing Q and A

    Dear Pearl River Parents and Guardians,

    In an effort to provide our parents with as much information as possible regarding the testing requirements for schools in a yellow zone, we have created a FAQ document.  Please click on the following link to access the document. 

    Yellow Zone Testing Q and A

     

    Pearl River School District
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    11-12-20 Supt. Letter Regarding the NYSED Parent Dashboard

    The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has developed a Parent Dashboard to increase transparency and make school information easier for parents to access.  Please click the following link for a letter from Dr. Marco Pochintesta, Superintendent of Schools, with more details:  11-12-20 Supt. Letter re: NYSED Parent Dashboard

    Pearl River School District
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    For Students: Chromebook Performance

    Our Instructional Technology Coaches have put together some tips that will improve the performance of your Chromebook. Please click the following link for information:  How to Improve the Performance of your Chromebook

    Pearl River School District
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    Return to Schools Information

    Please click on the following links for important return to school information:

    Planning for Re-Opening Page
    Return to School Protocols 
    Remote Learning Plan
    Contact Tracing Plan
    COVID-19 Testing Plan
    NYS COVID Dashboard

    Pearl River School District
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