Our first priority continues to be protecting the health and safety of our students and staff as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. On Thursday, Sept. 30, the Albany County Department of Health issued some clarifications for school districts when a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID-19. Some of what is included will change our COVID-19 health and safety protocols. The most important changes are summarized below. These represent a return to some practices that were in place in 2020-21. Please take note of these updates as they could impact you or your family during the school year.
You can find all of this information and more on our website here.
When a student or staff member is ill with COVID-19 related symptoms, regardless of vaccination status, there are three choices to return to school/work:
A negative COVID-19 lab test result (PCR or NAAT - not a "rapid" test)or
Alternative diagnosis from a physician or
Completion of a 10-day isolation (students only)
Anyone with symptoms of illness compatible with COVID-19 should follow up with their healthcare provider for evaluation and possible testing, regardless of vaccination status. If testing is recommended and the test result is negative, the person will be able to return to school per our current illness management policies, i.e. provide a copy of the negative test, be fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medications, improvement of symptoms, etc. If a person’s COVID-19 test result is positive, then the ACDOH will provide guidance on isolation and quarantine protocols. If testing is not recommended due to an alternative diagnosis, a note from the healthcare provider must be provided to the school nurse (student) or immediate supervisor and the District Clerk, Sue Starr (staff). For students only: taking no action will require a 10-day isolation period before the child may return to school.