For the 2020-21 school year, the RCS District has developed a communication process to keep our community informed of a positive COVID-19 case being identified in our district. Following guidelines provided by the New York State Department of Health, we will outline a specific process related to positive cases and how that information will be shared within the district.
As standard protocol, the district will strictly follow the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other privacy laws during this process. These guidelines restrict us from disclosing or confirming any personally identifiable information. We cannot identify anyone who has tested positive.
The following measures will be followed in the event of a positive test being disclosed in the district:
- In the event of a positive case being identified, the RCS District will utilize the district’s mass notification system, Blackboard Connect. Messages will go directly to parents/caregivers and RCS employees in an area (building) where a positive case was identified.
- Communications will identify the particular building where the person who is a confirmed case had accessed/worked in.
- The district will also share information related to positive cases to the New York State Department of Health. That information can be accessed by the general public on the dashboard for COVID-19 data for school districts on the New York State Department of Health website. Information related to positive cases will be updated daily.
Please note, it is the role of the Albany County Department of Health to contact individuals who were potentially exposed and should be tested.
Parental/Guardian Contact Information
As we begin the 2020-21 school year, please ensure your personal contact information related to your student(s) is up-to-date in our school district database. Please notify the school district if any changes have recently occurred to your information. During this time, it’s important that we have updated records to ensure you receive important information and news related to your student(s).