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COVID-19 Communicable Illness Protocol

People with COVID have had a wide range of reported symptoms – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the COVID-19 virus.

The following procedures must be adhered to if a student exhibits one or more of the symptoms below either at home or in school:

The student should be kept at home or the student will be sent home from school if they exhibit one or more of the symptoms related to COVID-19.

Symptoms of exposure to COVID-19 include: (but are not limited to)

  • Fever 100 degrees or higher or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. Those with a COVID infection may experience any, all, or none of these symptoms. (See Symptoms of Coronavirus for more information).

NYS Department of Health has ordered that a student must be sent home if he/she presents with even one of the COVID-related symptoms outlined above.

Return to School

In order for a student to return to school, one (1) of the following scenarios must occur:

Scenario One

  • A note from the student’s physician clearing him/her to return to school, indicating that the symptom(s) presented were due to a diagnosis other than COVID
  • Produce the results of a negative COVID test, taken from the date of illness or later
  • All symptoms have been resolved (if an individual has a long standing illness/condition such as migraine headaches or allergies the physician documentation is valid until or unless symptoms change/ increase from their usual pattern)
  • The student must be fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication

Scenario Two

If a symptomatic student is not tested for COVID-19:

  • The student will be required to remain out of school for a minimum of ten (10) days after first symptom(s) appear
  • The student must be fever-free for 72 hours without fever-reducing medication
  • All of the symptoms have been resolved
  • Documentation of a completed evaluation and release by a health care provider

Scenario Three

If the student has a positive COVID test, the following protocols must be adhered to:

  • Physicians note and written release from isolation from NYSDOH as required stating that the student is able to return to school
  • At least 10 days have passed since date of positive test or first symptoms have appeared
  • All students must be fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication
  • It has been at least 3 days since date symptoms have resolved, including cough and shortness of breath
  • No vomiting or diarrhea for at least the past 12 hours
  • If diagnosed with another health condition and prescribed an antibiotic, the student must complete 24 hours of the antibiotic medication prior to returning to school

Safety Protocols

Due to the highly infectious nature of COVID-19, the district is requiring all students to adhere to the following protocols:

  • Mask wearing
  • Handwashing
  • Social Distancing
  • Not sharing supplies
  • Daily Attestation and temperature check

See the reopening plan for specific information.

Exceptions to the Safety Protocol

Should a student be medically unable to wear a mask, the following is required

  • A written medical diagnosis by the student’s health care provider, outlining the medical condition for which an exemption should be considered.
  • Any additional documentation to support the accommodation for a medical condition.

The district’s medical director will evaluate the request for accommodation and will determine the outcome. Medical documentation supplied in a student’s IEP may be used in the district’s medical director’s evaluation process.