COVID-19 Illness, Isolation and Quarantine Guidance

What do you do if you get sick with COVID? Or if your child is sent home from school by the health office? With information from the Albany County Department of Health, the district has a much clearer picture of how to answer these important questions.

All health-related information found below was provided by the Albany County Department of Health (ACDOH). The ACDOH coordinates and directs the public health response for all communicable diseases in the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District and for all schools within Albany County. Anytime this information is updated by the county, the updated information will be shared with families and will be posted here.

We continue to work with, and follow the recommendations of, the Albany County Department of Health. As the environmental conditions and positivity levels change, different situations may require modification or adaptation to previously established protocols.

2021-2022 School Year

Updated: 03.04.2022

Maintaining the health of our entire school population is a priority. Although we are no longer doing daily health attestations, is it imperative that every student and every staff member be evaluated or do a self-evaluation for illness every day prior to reporting to school/work.

We run the significant risk of closing school(s) if our students and/or staff come to school when they are not healthy. If you have any questions or concerns about COVID-19 testing or other health and safety protocols, please do not hesitate to call your child’s nurse or Principal. 

Please know that this information is subject to change at any time.

Please find the protocols here about what to do when:

Online Form to Report Negative COVID Test Result Affirmations

RCS is now providing an online google form, available here, for families and staff to submit negative COVID-19 lab and take-home test result affirmations in order to return to school or work. This is for negative results only. If the individual tests positive, please follow these protocols. Once this form has been submitted, students and staff may return to school as long as they are symptom-free or their symptoms are improving. Their nurse or supervisor will reach out with any questions. 

As an alternative, families, and staff can still submit a copy of the results via email (lab tests) or a paper copy of the affirmation (take-home test) to their nurse/supervisor. The paper affirmation form for take-home tests can be printed off our website or is available for pick up in the vestibule of any RCS school. 

Changes to Exposure Notifications

  1. The New York State Department of Health will no longer conduct contact tracing. This means that individuals potentially exposed to COVID-19 will no longer be contacted by their local department of health. 

  2. RCS and other schools are no longer required to collect and submit information about COVID-19 close contacts to county health departments. RCS will only conduct contact tracing in a limited and targeted capacity, such as, but not limited to, exposures during unmasked periods (lunch/breakfast), certain high-risk sports, or where there are reduced mitigation strategies. 

Beginning on Friday, January 21, we are shifting from a “contact tracing” notification model to a “possible exposure” notification model. This means parents/guardians will be informed via email if there was a possible exposure to a positive COVID-19 case. 

  • At the elementary level, we will email families in any affected classroom

  • At the middle school, we will email families on any affected academic team, grade level, or athletic team

  • At the high school level, we will email families of any affected grade level or athletic team 

Staff and families will be asked to monitor for symptoms, but these notifications will not necessarily result in anyone being identified as a close contact and excluded from school. 

Additional Resources

Additional quarantine and isolation information can be found on our local county department of health website, as well as the New York State Department of Health and CDC websites.

Local COVID-19 Vaccination & Testing Sites

If anyone in the community is looking to be tested for COVID-19, there are many testing sites open around New York State. Visit the NY Find a Test Site Near You page to find a complete list of testing sites available. If you are looking to get vaccinated you can visit the CDC’s Vaccines.gov website to find the closest vaccination sites for all forms of the vaccine that are currently available. You can also visit www.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov to make an appointment at a state-run vaccination site.

Mask Procedures

The wearing of masks in schools is no longer required by the New York State Department of Health.  The main office in each building does still has masks available for students, staff members, or visitors who would like or need one while at school.

Additional Resources:

Student Work When in Quarantine

If a student is out of school because they are in isolation awaiting quarantine, or have been placed in quarantine by the Department of Health, they will be provided with work by their teacher(s). This may include, but is not limited to: digitized work through Google Classroom, meeting through Google Meets or completing alternate assignments. If work has not been provided, please contact your student’s teacher(s) directly.

Symptoms of COVID-19 (CDC)

  • Fever greater than 100.0 F

  • Chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • Sore throat

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Congestion or runny nose

Contact Information

To find a testing site please visit: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you

Reporting Positive COVID-19 Test Results

Please note that any positive test results from an at-home test must be reported to the local health department and to your school nurse. To report a positive test result to: