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Reopening 2021

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September 2021 Update

Guidance for Symptomatic Students

According to the Commissioner’s testing determination issued pursuant to 10 NYCRR 2.62, all school students, teachers, and staff with new or worsening symptoms of COVID-19 must be excluded from school, regardless of vaccination status, and either: 

(a) provide a negative COVID test result, or

(b) remain excluded from school for a minimum of 10 calendar days from symptom onset, prior to returning to school. 

If student, teacher, or staff symptoms are improving AND they are fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medicines, they may return to school with either

(a)  a note from the healthcare provider indicating the test was negative OR 

(b) a copy of the negative test result. 

Given the growing prevalence of breakthrough infections among vaccinated populations nationwide, there is no recommended exemption for symptomatic vaccinated people.

A flow chart featuring this guidance can be found here. 

Masks, Dec. 2021 update:

 Pre-K to 12 school settings:
a. After careful review and consideration of CDC Recommendations for face coverings/masks in school settings, I hereby adopt such recommendations, imposing them as requirements, where applicable, until this determination is modified or rescinded 2. Accordingly, universal  masking of teachers, staff, students, and visitors to P-12 schools over age two and able to medically tolerate a face covering/mask and regardless of vaccination status, is required until this determination is modified or rescinded. Such requirement is subject to applicable CDC recommended exceptions.
 
 b. In accord with the general adoption of universal masking in P-12 settings, that requirement is extended to any gathering on school grounds which addresses or implements educational matters where students are or may reasonably be expected to be present. In the event that officials presiding over public meetings implicated by this directive are unable to guarantee compliance with such masking requirements, they are advised to implement full virtual access to public meetings in accord with the September 2021 amendment to the New York State Open Meetings Law.
 c. This determination does not provide for the implementation of “mask breaks” during the school day, nor does it provide for an exception to the masking requirement on the basis of minimal social distancing in classrooms. This is in accordance with CDC guidance recommending universal masking in schools to keep children in school without risking close contact exposure and subsequent quarantines

Masks Sept. 2021 update: Currently, the county is in a high transmission zone.  The procedures below will be followed while we are in this zone.

  • All students and staff K-12 will wear masks indoors. Outdoor masks are not required at this time.
  • If a family member is coming into the school for any reason, they must wear a mask correctly.
  • Transportation requires masks at all times.

Testing

Nucleic acid amplification tests (known as NAATs, such as polymerase chain reaction, or PCR tests) are the most sensitive type of test available and the best option for ensuring that symptomatic people with COVID-19 are excluded from school. The Department expectation is that all schools require a negative NAAT result for people with new or worsening symptoms of COVID-19 to return to school.

  • Option 1 – Testing is done by the family physician.  A rapid antigen test may be done first and if that test is negative, the student can return to school with no symptoms (see above) while waiting for the PCR results.  
  • Option 2 – Testing can be done at the school in the nurse’s office with parent consent.  
    • If the test that is available is a rapid test, the parent will also be given a script that they can take anywhere to get the follow-up PCR test.  Again similar rules apply to option 1.
    • SGF will soon have 24 hour PCR tests available.  Once they are available, results will be given to families and schools within 24 hours of the test getting to the lab.  Once the negative result is listed and the student is symptom free for 24 hours, the student may return to school.

Asymptomatic following exposure to someone with COVID-19.

SGF will also have the capability to test anyone who has come in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.  Please contact Bristie Tracy at tracyb@sgfcsd.org to set up an appointment for this testing.  

Communications

The South Glens Falls CSD will be communicating with families through email and the website as reopening plans are finalized. Some information may be shared on social media as well. The district recommends that families continue to check the district website and your email throughout the summer for information.