Parents: schools in yellow zones are being punished instead of praised

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Posted at 4:47 PM, Nov 10, 2020

AMHERST, N.Y. (WKBW) — “I’m very concerned,” Amherst mother of five Elizabeth Cimasi said.

Cimasi has four children who are enrolled in in-person instruction at Saint Benedict’s Catholic School.

It’s located in Amherst which is part of the yellow zone distinction in Erie Countyannounced by Governor Cuomo on Monday.

Under the yellow zone, schools are now responsible for testing 20% of students and staff to continue in-person education.

Parents like Cimasi have serious questions about the new policy.

“Are the tests even available? And, are there enough? I thought we were using data and science, and right now every piece of data is pointing to the fact that schools are not transmitting this,” she said.

One day after the announcement, school districts like Sweet Home and Orchard Park said they’re still waiting for local and state direction to develop a testing plan.

The KENTON School District sent out a survey asking parents whether they would consent to the testing.

Meantime, parents don’t fault districts for the uncertainty. Many believe schools are the ones being unfairly punished.

“I don’t agree with that. I don’t think there should be a mandate on testing so your child can get an education or not,” said Clarence father of two, Daniel Decker.

“They (Schools) are following all the rules. So, ok, great job, but now you have to do testing now. It’s not enough. When is it going to be enough?," added Cimasi.