Skip to Content

What yellow zone restrictions mean for Broome County schools

Remaining Ad Time Ad - 00:00

BROOME COUNTY (WBNG) --We have finally learned how the new yellow zone restrictions will affect schools here in the Southern Tier.

On Thursday, Broome County Executive Jason Garnar said he and local districts joined the state on a conference call to find answers to questions we've been looking for.

Districts that are impacted include Binghamton, Union-Endicott and Seton Catholic.

Garnar said only schools physically located in the zone will be affected. If a district has schools both physically in the zone and outside of the zone, only the schools inside the zone will need to comply with zone guidelines.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has said for schools in the yellow zone with in-person classes, 20% of students, teachers, and staff will have to be tested for the coronavirus each week.

Garnar said schools will use the rest of the week to come up with a plan for their testing.

"Clarifying a number of different things, my expectation is school districts throughout today and tomorrow will be able to formulate a plan based on the information that they know on how they have to do this testing," Garnar said.

Garnar said schools will have different choices of testing models to pick from. The state has provided rapid testing machines if the district decides it wants to handle them, while Garnar said the site at Binghamton University is also an option for testing.

Josh Rosenblatt

Skip to content