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.
2021-2022 School Year
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:
Regardless of whether or not there is a known exposure to COVID-19, it is very important that students and staff who are sick do not attend school.
Changes to Contract Tracing
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.
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.
Please note that there will still be situations when the need to identify close contacts is warranted due to a direct COVID exposure. Particular attention will be paid to medically fragile staff and students, as well as those times and locations where there may be fewer layers of mitigation in place. As in the past, these situations may result in a student or staff member being excluded from school and asked to stay home and isolate for five to ten days. Families will be alerted by email and text message if their child is a close contact and must be excluded from school due to their contact with a positive case.
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.
The wearing of masks in schools is required by the New York State Department of Health. The main office in each building has appropriate masks available for students, staff members, or visitors who do not have a mask upon arrival to school, break/dirty their mask, or have a mask that is not appropriate for school. Here is an excellent article from Johns Hopkins Medicine on the proper procedure for wearing a mask.
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
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Nausea or vomiting
Congestion or runny nose
If you have any questions, please call the Albany County DOH at (518) 447-4580.
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: