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COVID-19 Information

March 2022 Update Building our future bulldog logo

Masks in Schools

As of March 2, 2022, masks are now optional for all students and staff in New York State.

Note:  When a student or staff member tests positive for COVID regardless of vaccination status, the person can return to school/work on day 6 IF they have no symptoms.  However, they must wear a mask during days 6 through 10 while in school or on a bus in order to return. 


Notification of Positive Cases

SGF will continue to notify families weekly of positive cases in each building.  When possible, families will be notified through school messenger when their child may have had contact with a positive case.  An at home test kit can be sent home with students to parents requesting this.  We strongly encourage all families to take advantage of this and to test their child two times in 36 hours regardless of showing symptoms.


Positive Cases

  • 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 have no symptoms.
    • For example:
      • Day 0: Symptom onset or tested positive.
      • Day 1 – 5: Stay home
      • Day 6: Return to school if asymptomatic or remain out until symptoms subside. Masks must be worn from days 6 to 10. 
  • 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. A positive test result can be reported here.
  • In order for students who have tested positive and have had symptoms to return to school after five days, they must:
    • Be fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.
    • Have no runny nose.
    • Have no more than an infrequent, nonproductive cough that is not getting worse. 
    • Have not experienced excessive or unusual fatigue.
    • Have no persistent headache or muscle aches.
    • Have no nausea, diarrhea or vomiting for at least 24 hours.
  • 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 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.

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.


Symptomatic Students and Staff Members

  • 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.
  • If parents/guardians are presenting the district with two negative Over-the-Counter antigen tests, they must also present the following attestation signed by a parent or guardian.
  • 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; and
    • Meet other school or district requirements to return to school after a non-COVID illness.
  • 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.

Testing in Schools

Symptomatic students and staff will continue to be sent home and testing will continue to be offered for our students and staff by the nurses with parent permission.  

Screening testing will continue in all buildings for non-symptomatic students and staff if requested.  At-home tests will be sent home following testing.

“Test to Stay” is no longer an initiative because the updated guidance covers what test to stay would do in the past.  


Social distancing

We will continue to use the 3-foot rule for social distancing in our schools.  Lunches will stay the same for the remainder of the year.  


To access a negative test affirmation report, click here.


For more information see our March 2022 FAQs.


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