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New York State and School Covid-19 guidance

 

1. Sick with Symptoms

If your student is sick with COVID like symptoms, outside their pre-existing, documented medical condition (e.g. asthma, migraines) such as:

 

Sore throat Nasal congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting  Temperature of 100°F or greater
Diarrhea Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Chills Muscle or body aches
Cough Loss of taste or loss of smell
Fatigue Headache

 

Please keep your child at home!

 

There are three ways a student can return to school after experiencing COVID-19 like symptoms:

 

1) provide a negative Covid test (Home or Lab), OR

2) provide a doctor’s note with an alternative diagnosis, OR

3) stay out of school for 5 days after the onset of symptoms.

 

These apply to all symptomatic students, regardless of vaccination status. Any documentation must be submitted to Mrs. Kromer. Please submit home tests like pictured below. 

 

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Exception: If your child has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days and becomes symptomatic, they do not need a negative test or a doctor’s note with alternative diagnosis. They should remain out of school until they are fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications and show symptom improvement. 

 

2. Positive COVID-19 Test

Per ECDOH and school protocol, "Individuals who have been told of a positive COVID test result by their physician, pharmacy, health care facility, home test or laboratory must ISOLATE for 5 days, where day 0 is the day of symptom onset or (if asymptomatic) the day of collection of the first positive specimen. If asymptomatic at the end of 5 days or if symptoms are resolving, isolation ends and the individuals are required to wear a well-fitting mask while around others for an additional 5 days, day 6 -10."  

Please report a positive case to the school nurse, Mrs. Kromer. An email with guidance, paperwork and a timeline will be sent. A student does not need a negative test to return.

 

3. Close Contact/ Exposure

Exposed individuals, regardless of vaccination status, may remain in school by appropriately wearing a well-fitting mask and undergoing recommended testing and may participate in school-based extracurricular activities. NYS guidelines state, "Masking, regardless of vaccination status, is strongly recommended for 10 days after a known exposure."  Also, "Frequent testing (e.g., daily, every other day, at least twice within 5 days) from the date of the exposure or potential exposure (Day 0) through at least day 5 is strongly encouraged". 

Whenever someone is determined to have been exposed or potentially exposed, the individual should be tested for COVID-19 as follows:

• Consider testing immediately upon learning of the exposure or potential exposure, 

• At least 5 days after the last date of exposure or potential exposure, regardless of vaccination status.

 

Remain home if a test is positive and see #2. If symptoms develop after exposure, see #1.

 

If any families needs more home tests, please do not hesitate to ask or stop by the office.

 

Again, thank you for your continued help in keeping everyone healthy.

 

Do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Kromer, Mrs. Gajewski or Mr. Luckett with any questions.