COVID Protocols Effective July 2023

Masking

  • Masks are not required to be worn in school.
  • Students, staff, faculty, and visitors may elect to wear a mask and the district will support their decision.
  • It is recommended that individuals returning to school after completing 5 days of isolation due to a positive test wear a mask in school and in indoor public spaces on days 6-10.

Contact Tracing

  • No longer required
  • The district will continue to update parents/guardians as appropriate with any COVID-related information.

Quarantine/Isolation

  • Quarantine: Individuals exposed to COVID will not be required to quarantine, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Isolation: A positive COVID test requires a 5-day isolation period with Day 0 as the day of symptoms or date of positive test
    • Individuals can return to school on day 6 so long as they are fever free and resolving symptoms.

Screening/Testing

  • Unvaccinated faculty and staff are no longer required to be screened.
  • COVID Test Kits are available for students, faculty, and staff.

Physical Distancing

  • No Longer required

Symptomatic Students

  • Symptomatic students will be sent home and should not return to school until their symptoms resolve.
  • COVID testing is recommended, but not required to return to school.

 Tested Positive for COVID

Individuals who test positive should follow Washington County/NYSDOH isolation guidelines and complete the NYS isolation affirmation.

If you tested positive at a medical facility please contact the building nurse for the next steps.

If you tested positive on a home test report it to  Washington County Public Health and contact the building nurse.

Stay home and away from others (“isolate”)

  • Avoid contact with others to avoid spreading COVID-19.
  • Do not go to work or school. Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares.
  • If you live with someone with COVID-19, stay separate from sick members in the household as much as possible. Avoid sharing the same space within the home, including being in the same room. Use a different bedroom or bathroom if that is possible.
  • Washington County Public Health can help you with making sure that your basic needs (for example, food and medication) are being met.