Utica school board meets, discusses Birnie Bus, coronavirus testing

During a fairly short meeting Tuesday night, Superintendent Bruce Karam and the Utica school board discussed the state's directive regarding required testing.

Posted: Nov 18, 2020 9:54 AM
Updated: Nov 18, 2020 10:47 PM

UTICA, N.Y. - During a fairly short meeting Tuesday night, Superintendent Bruce Karam and the Utica school board discussed the state's directive regarding required testing.

"In New York State now, if the area gets flagged as a code yellow, which is a certain percentage rate in the area, then any in-person or hybrid instruction will require, once we go back to school, would require 20% of the population in each building to be tested for COVID," Karam said.

Right now, he says there is no program in place with the county, but the district would work with the health department to figure out if testing would be on site.

Oneida County is not a yellow zone, but with increasing cases, school districts are getting prepared.

Also at the meeting, Don Gerace, the school district's attorney, gave an update on the situation with Birnie Bus.

Last month, the school district said they were postponing their hybrid plans due to a driver shortage.

Birnie Bus said they were not to blame.

Gerace said the school district requested Birnie Bus present a plan for hybrid opening for the board to consider.

Right now, the district is evaluating their proposal to see if it is viable and they will discuss the plans at their December meeting.

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