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Covid-19 Guidance As of 1/18/22

Dear Corinth Families,

 

As you are likely aware, health and safety guidance from the state and local health departments related to COVID-19 continues to evolve. As always, we remain committed to keeping our students in school, while providing a safe learning environment for all. We also remain committed to providing staff and families with clear, updated information on the latest guidance as it relates to COVID-19 testing, quarantine and isolation. 

 

Effective immediately, the Corinth CSD will use the following protocols when allowing students to return to school if they have symptoms of COVID-19, test positive for COVID-19, or are considered exposed to an individual with COVID-19. These protocols are based on the most recent updates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the New York State Department of Health and local health departments. CDC; NYSDOH. Please know that this information is subject to change at any time. If you have specific concerns or questions, please contact your child’s building principal or school nurse.

 

One of the biggest changes you can expect is that 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. Going forward, we will no longer be collecting information about contacts to report to county health departments. 

 

However, we will continue our due diligence with regard to notifying impacted staff and families if we learn about a positive case. When close school contacts have been identified, parents will be notified and eligible students will be able to participate in our “Test to Stay” (TTS) program.  Families that choose not to participate in the TTS program will have their student excluded from school for the 5 days following exposure.

  

Based on the latest information we have received, here are the rules for when a student is exposed to an infected individual: 

If a student has been exposed to COVID-19 and is considered a close contact:

  • If a student is up-to-date on their COVID vaccinations, as defined by the CDC: (link) they may come to school  
  • If a student tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days, they may come to school
  • Other students will be placed in our TTS program.  Families not choosing to participate will have their children excluded from school for at least five days after their last close contact with an individual with COVID-19.   For example:

 

  • Day 0: Date of exposure
  • Day 1: Stay home
  • Day 2: Stay home
  • Day 3: Stay home
  • Day 4: Stay home
  • Day 5: Stay home
  • Day 6: Return to school as long as no symptoms have developed 

 

  • State guidance states that all individuals should wear a well-fitting mask around others (e.g., at home, in public) for a full 10 days following the date of exposure. 

 

If a student tests positive for COVID-19 at any time, including following an exposure, the following guidelines apply: 

If a student tests positive for COVID-19:

  • Regardless of vaccination status, if a student tests positive for COVID-19 they must isolate for a full five days. Students may return to school after day five if they are asymptomatic or if symptoms are resolving. (See chart above for isolation time period)
  • If a student tests positive for COVID-19 and took an over-the-counter (i.e., at-home, take-home) antigen test, parents/guardians should report the results to the local department of health Reporting positive results

 

**Please note that the district has self-test antigen rapid tests available in each building for our students.**

 

Returning to school after testing positive:

  •  In order for students who have tested positive to return to school after five days, they must:
    • be fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication
    • not have a runny nose interfering with their ability to wear a mask
    • not have more than an infrequent, nonproductive cough that is not getting worse. (Students with a cough must be able to tolerate continuous mask use as breaks are not allowed). 
    • not be experiencing excessive or unusual fatigue 
    • not have a persistent headache or muscle aches 
    • not have nausea, diarrhea, or vomiting for at least 24 hours 
       
  • State guidance requires that all individuals should wear a well-fitting mask around others (e.g., at home, in public) for a full 10 days following the first day of symptoms (or the date of a positive test, if the student is asymptomatic) 
  • Anyone who is moderately or severely immunocompromised should follow the standard 10-day isolation guidance issued previously 

 

If a student has COVID-19 symptoms:

There may also be times when a student has COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea. 

 

Regardless of whether or not there is a known exposure to COVID-19, it is very important that students who are sick do not attend school.

 

  • Regardless of vaccination status, if a student has COVID-19 symptoms they must have a lab negative NAAT, lab antigen test, or two negative Over-the-Counter (i.e., at-home or take-home) antigen tests taken 36 hours apart, in order to return to school
  • In addition to a negative test result(s), students must be well enough to:
    • participate in school; 
    • not have a runny nose or cough severe enough to make mask wearing difficult or unhygienic;
    • be fever-free for 24 hours without use of fever-reducing medications

 

  • If a student tests positive for COVID-19, please follow the guidance above 
     
  • Please also note:
    • There is no exemption to the testing requirement for symptomatic students
    • Students with symptoms that are attributable to pre-existing medical conditions (e.g., migraines, allergies) and are not new or worsening do not require school exclusion or testing
    • If a healthcare provider makes a diagnosis of a confirmed non-COVID-19 acute illness (e.g., laboratory-confirmed influenza or strep throat) AND COVID-19 is not suspected, then a note signed by the healthcare provider explaining the alternate diagnosis may be provided to allow a student, teacher, or staff member to participate in school without COVID-19 testing 

 

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:

 

https://www.saratogacountyny.gov/departments/publichealth/covid19/isoquar/

 

Thank you for your continued partnership as we work to keep our students and staff healthy, and our students in school. 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 principal or school nurse.

 

 

 

 

Jan 18, 2022