• Return to School Protocols for Students: 2021-2022 (revised 3/29/22)

    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. 

    What are some of the symptoms of COVID-19?

    Fever, chills, cough, nasal congestion, runny nose, new loss of smell or taste, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach ache, sore throat, 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 recommended that you test your child for COVID-19 soon after they get home.

    Recommended Covid-19 testing options:

    Two home test rapid antigen tests, 1 laboratory rapid antigen, or 1 PCR test are all options for testing. Please review the (3) Return to School Covid-19 Testing Options 3/29/22 outlined on the District website.

    Updated Guidance:

    Please review the updated guidance from the NY Department of Health (NYSDOH) dated February 28, 2022 for recommendations and mandated requirements related to the COVID-19 virus.

    If your child’s test is positive for COVID-19:

    Please contact the school nurse as soon as possible and fill out the positive student form on the District Website. Students testing positive must be isolated at home for 5 days from the day their symptoms began and can return to school if symptoms are resolving and the student is fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication. The first day of symptoms is day 0, they may return to school on day 6 as long as the above criteria are met. The student must wear a mask throughout the school day on days 6 through 10. 

    .Close Contact:

    The NY State Dept of Health has updated their recommendations and exposure definitions for schools with regard to managing COVID19 cases in school.  Since masks are optional, a close contact is now defined as being within 6 feet of someone with active COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes. The NY State Dept of Health recommends the following: 

    • Consider testing immediately
    • Test at least 5 days after the last date of exposure, regardless of vaccination status
    • If the individual is not fully vaccinated and attending school after an exposure, frequent testing (at least twice within 5 days)
    • Wear a mask for ten days, after a known exposure,

    **Please note that these guidelines are strongly recommended.  An important exception to these recommendations is that individuals with a lab-confirmed COVID-19 positive result within 90 days prior to exposure are not recommended to test unless symptoms develop.

    If at any time between 2-14 days after exposure, an exposed student develops symptoms (see list on heath alert form), they will be required to get a COVID-19 test or choose to stay home and isolate for 5 days (Day of symptom onset again is day 0) and wear a mask while at school from day 6 to 10.

    Additionally, families are welcome to obtain a COVID-19 rapid home antigen test kit from the health office. The District continues to post all positive cases on the Covid-19 Dashboard on the District website.