STAFF COVID-19 REPORTING PORTAL
There’s a COVID-19 Reporting Portal that all employees are required to submit (and resubmit if the submission was after 1/10/2022) their test results, ECDOH quarantine/isolation documentation, and BPS leave form to restore employee accruals. It will take 3-4 pay periods to see the restoration of up to ten illness days. DO NOT send an email. This is the only way to report a positive COVID-19 test, or quarantine information.
COVID Protocols and Guidance
Please be advised of the NEW COVID-19 Protocols and Procedures as of 1/12/2022. Human Resources and Student Support Services collaborated to provide the most recent guidance from ECDOH, this information is subject to change.
Requirement for COVID-19 Testing for Teachers and other School Employees—
with Opt-Out for Vaccinated
NYS Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Department of Health released official guidance for in-person classroom instruction. The guidance prioritizes in-person learning and details recommendations and requirements for vaccinations, wearing face masks, implementing physical distancing measures, and COVID-19 surveillance testing to mitigate potential transmission spread of the COVID-19 virus.
The emergency regulation authorizes the Commissioner of Health to require weekly testing or proof of being fully vaccinated and applies to all schools in New York State until it is no longer necessary as described in the language of the regulation. Detailed information on the regulation can be found at; https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-hochul-announces-new-requirements-and-guidance-safe-reopening-new-york-schools
Buffalo Public School Procedures
According to the mandate, school staff must provide the District with proof of vaccination, or they must submit weekly COVID-19 test confirmation.
Here is the link to the online portal https://www.buffaloschools.org/Page/98552
where staff can either;
1. Upload COVID-19 vaccination verification
2. Upload weekly testing confirmation
Staff are directed to use the link above to submit proof of vaccination or weekly testing confirmation. HR will not accept emails. Regarding staff who are not vaccinated, and have tested positive for COVID-19, to avoid being contacted by HR for not submitting weekly testing, they can upload their positive test weekly for 90 days.
ACCESS TO IN-SCHOOL TESTING
Due to an unanticipated change in vendors, the District is currently only able to offer random testing of 30% of School based staff. Therefore, those who are not vaccinated, and who are required to supply the District with weekly testing information, will not have access to weekly testing in schools.
Find a Test Site Near You
Testing for COVID-19 is widely available throughout New York State. Individuals who have questions about COVID-19 testing should call the New York State COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or visit the NYSDOH website. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please call the testing site or your health care provider before you go for testing.
If an employee chooses to seek testing from their physician or another state approved testing site, they can upload those results. The District accepts home testing results in the portal.
COVID Resources and Protocols
• Safety & Protection Protocols: https://www.buffaloschools.org/cms/lib/NY01913551/Centricity/Domain/4416/2021-2022%20Plan%20Addendum.pdf
• Information & Resources for Staff https://www.buffaloschools.org/Page/97232
• Daily Report & Dashboard https://www.buffaloschools.org/coronavirus