Schools in Staten Island orange zone reopen amid high COVID infection rates, new rules

Coronavirus update for NYC

ByEyewitness News WABC logo
Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Orange zone schools on Staten Island reopen
EMBED <>More Videos

Despite continued high COVID positivity rates in parts of Staten Island, schools in the borough's orange zone are reopening.

MIDLAND BEACH, Staten Island (WABC) -- Despite continued high COVID positivity rates in parts of Staten Island, schools in the borough's orange zone reopened Wednesday morning, with stricter safety measures in place.

Those schools include PS 38 on Lincoln Avenue in Midland Beach, whose zip code has one of the highest infection rates in the city, more than 10%.

The re-openings are happening because testing in public schools has shown much better results than that in the general population.

RELATED: Thousands return to classrooms in NYC with new rules

Starting on Monday, K-5, Pre-K and 3-K students return for in-person learning. District 75 special needs programs will return on Thursday.

Elementary pre- and 3K schools across Staten Island's orange zone reopen for in-person instruction with new guidelines.

Parents have to fill out a consent form for their child to get weekly COVID tests. 25 percent of each school's campus has to be tested.

If their parents don't agree, the kids can't attend in person.

The goal is to have all elementary and special education students - who will return Thursday - back in classrooms across the city full time, with middle and high staying remote.

"I am very hopeful, from what i am seeing, that these extraordinary health and safety measures really now have proven there is a very, very effective way to do this for the duration," said Mayor Bill de Blasio. "And I believe we are going to have our schools open all the way, to

the point we link up with widespread distribution of the vaccine."

The re-openings on Staten Island comes as indoor dining remains shut down across the borough's south shore.

MORE NEWS: | NYPD releases video of FedEx driver shot in back while making delivery in Brooklyn

CeFaan Kim reports on the alarming crime stat in New York City.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says if the hospitalization numbers don't dramatically improve, that indoor dining closure will take effect citywide in a matter of days.

One glimmer of hope: on Wednesday about 90 more people were discharged than admitted to hospitals statewide.

Still, the rates overall continue to rise. And some are actually calling for wider shutdowns than those being ordered by the governor.

FEEL GOOD | Officer adopts little girl he met while answering welfare check

An Arizona police officer has given a little girl a forever home after meeting her while on duty.


Coronavirus by zip code - New York City

Do you have coronavirus symptoms?

Where to get tested for COVID-19 coronavirus

New CDC guidelines on masks

How coronavirus changed the New York region


New York City

New Jersey

Long Island

Westchester and Hudson Valley


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on coronavirus

Submit a News Tip