Return to School Protocols for Students: 2021-2022
In our effort to keep all children healthy throughout this upcoming year, we have outlined a return to school protocol to be followed when your child is sick. If your child becomes sick, or shows signs of illness, it is imperative that you keep your child home from school. Please refer to the most recent (9/2/21) *NYSDOH Guidance and the updated (9/17/21) **WCDOH Guidance and the **WCDOH Decision Tree for more information and a Q &A.
What are some of the symptoms of COVID?
Fever, chills, cough, nasal congestion, runny nose, new loss of smell or taste, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach ache, tiredness, headache, muscle aches or body aches, poor appetite.
If your child appears ill during the school day, the nurse will assess your child for symptoms of COVID-19. If the child has symptoms that could be attributed to COVID-19, they will need to be picked up from school. It is important that you or someone your designate get to school as soon as possible to pick up your child.
Return to School Protocols:
As per the NYSDOH 2021-22 Interim PreK-12 (9-2-21 ) guidance and NYS Health Commissioner Determination on Testing or Vaccination, all students, teachers, and staff with new or worsening symptoms compatible with COVID-19 must be sent home and excluded from school, regardless of vaccination status, until the following criteria are met:
- Documentation of a negative COVID-19 PCR or NAAT test result. Any Eastchester UFSD student or staff member who is experiencing COVID symptoms, whether identified at home or in school, may obtain a rapid PCR test at no out-of-pocket expence by visiting Healthy Therapeutics Medical Practice at 75 Brook Street, Scarsdale. Please click here for details. Those choosing not to use this service may locate other PCR testing sites on the WCDOH website under the “Testing, Results and Treatment” tab, by going to the Find a Test Site Near You webpage. Students, faculty and staff can also call the NYS COVID-19 hotline at 1-888-364-3065 for assistance locating a testing site.
- Medical provider documentation of a pre-existing chronic condition with no change in symptoms or an alternate acute illness diagnosis e.g. lab confirmed strep throat, flu AND that COVID-19 is not suspected.
**All must meet the preceding criteria AND be fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications and have improving symptoms.
**There is no exemption for symptomatic vaccinated people.
If your child’s test is positive for COVID-19:
Please contact the school nurse as soon as possible. Students testing positive must be isolated at home for 10 days from the day their symptoms began. If the COVID-19 student was asymptomatic, then they must stay isolated at home for 10 days after the day of the positive test result. Students can return to class if the following criteria has been met:
- 10 days after the start of symptoms
- After being fever-free for 24 hours WITHOUT fever-reducing medication
- If their symptoms have improved
Please Note: If your child is being tested for COVID and has siblings in the same school or in another school in the District, please keep your other children home until you receive the results.
Masks: Until further notice, all students, staff and visitors to the school are required to wear masks indoors regardless of vaccine status. Masks are not required outdoors.
Temperature and Questionnaire Screenings: No daily health screening forms will be required. Students should not come to school if they are sick.
- For teachers, staff, and other adults, a close contact or exposed person is anyone who was within 6 feet of a COVID19 case for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more within a 24 hour period during the 2 full days prior to the case’s illness onset or lab positive specimen collection date if asymptomatic, through the last date the COVID-19 case was in school or participated in any school activity, regardless of whether the contact was wearing a mask or whether the exposure was outdoors, or vaccinated.
- Fully vaccinated students and staff do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who has had COVID-19 unless they have SYMPTOMS. However, fully vaccinated individuals should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even if they do not have symptoms, AND, continue to wear a mask indoors for 14 days while they self-monitor for symptoms.
- A student in an indoor classroom setting, if both the infected student and exposed students correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks for the duration of the exposure, is considered a close contact only if the students are within 3 feet of a COVID-19 case for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more within a 24 hour period. This 3 feet exception does not apply to teachers, staff, or other adults or non-classroom settings..
- Students who are unmasked within 6 feet of a positive COVID-19 case for a cumulative 15 minutes over a 24 hour period will be required to quarantine.
In Person Learning: There is no remote learning option for students for the 2021-2022 school year. If your child has an extenuating medical condition, you should contact your building principal.