CURRENT QUARANTINE REQUIREMENTS:
Although CDC guidelines for quarantine protocols have changed, the district must follow NYS Health Department guidelines. Therefore, the district will continue to adhere to the 14 day protocol for quarantine until further notice.
The district will follow these protocols set forth by our district physicians at Endwell Family Physicians.
Return to School Protocol After Positive in School Screening - Students K-12
Students will be sent home if they exhibit any of the following COVID-19 symptoms:
- Temperature of 100° or Higher
- Nasal Congestion
- Shortness of Breath
- Loss of Taste or Smell
- Muscle or Body Aches
To return to school, the student will need (completion of all steps required):
- An evaluation by a healthcare provider, with documentation that return to in-person instruction is suitable.
- A NEGATIVE lab confirmed COVID-19 test.
- Improving symptoms or symptoms at baseline.
IF COVID-19 lab test is positive: The student will need to go into isolation for a minimum of 10 days. –See additional clarification and guidance.
If the COVID-19 lab test is positive: The student will need to go into isolation for a minimum of 10 days.
CLARIFICATION OF ISOLATION AND CLOSE CONTACT QUARANTINE:
Someone can leave isolation if they are symptom free (or have vastly improving symptoms) and it has been at least 10 days since the date of diagnosis or positive test – whichever is longer.
Here are some examples of when isolation is directed:
Diagnosis on 1/1/2020 with fever, dry cough, and a positive test. They rapidly improve and have no symptoms as of 1/5/2020. They remain well, but still have to go the full 10 days. They will exit isolation at 11:59 pm on 1/10/2020.
Diagnosis on 1/1/2020 with fever, dry cough, and a positive test. They do not improve until 1/15/2020. They will remain in isolation for at least one day of no fever/symptoms and will exit at 11:59 pm on 1/16/2020.
Positive test on 1/1/2020 but no symptoms (test was done for routine surveillance)
- If they do not develop any symptoms, they will exit isolation at 11:59 pm on 1/10/2020
- If they develop symptoms before exiting isolation, they must be symptom-free/fever-free for at least 1 day and it has been at least 10 days since the test was positive, whichever is longer.
No one needs a negative test to determine when or if they can get out of isolation. Indeed, it is not recommended to have a follow-up test – because we now know that tests can remain positive for long after the person is no longer infectious.
Someone identified as having close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual requires a 14-day quarantine. No one is able to “test out” of quarantine. For example, a negative test on Day-5 does not mean that symptoms cannot develop on Day 12.