Staying Vigilant Means Staying Open!
Dear Parents and Caregivers - (01.05.21)
Now that we have completed the few months of our hybrid learning model, we want to remind you of the need for absolute vigilance in maintaining and ensuring the health and safety of us all.
- Masks Matter! Please be sure to remind your child(ren) that masks (gaiters are discouraged and masks with valves are not allowed per the CDC) are to be worn at all times during the day with the exception of when eating and during teacher announced mask breaks. This means keeping the mouth and the nose covered.
- Keep Your Distance! Maintain at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and others whenever possible, further if you are exerting yourself.
- Avoid the Groups! Please be sure to keep yourselves and your children away from large groups where masks are not being worn by all and social distancing is not being practiced.
- Be Hygienic! By washing hands frequently (or sanitizing when handwashing can’t not be done consistently) and practicing good coughing and sneezing etiquette (into your elbow).
- Keeping Symptomatic Children Home! When your child has the following symptoms, they are not to attend school:
- Has a temperature of 100.0 or greater
- Feels feverish or has chills
- Has a persistent cough
- Is experiencing loss of taste or smell
- Is fatigued/has a feeling of tiredness
- Has a sore throat
- Experiences shortness of breath or has trouble breathing
- Is nauseous or is vomiting
- Has diarrhea
- Experiences muscle pain or body aches
- Has a headache
- Has nasal congestion/runny nose
The NYS Department of Health requires that:
- Your child may not attend school if they have any of the above symptoms and they must be evaluated by their doctor. In these situations, please call the school’s attendance office or school nurse.
- If your child reports to the nurse’s office with any of the above symptoms, you will be called and must pick up your child.
- If your child was absent or if they were dismissed from school due to symptoms, they may only return to school with a clearance note from their doctor. If COVID-19 is suspected, your child will be tested and may return to school only with a negative test result and doctor clearance. If your child tests positive, they may return when your local health department clears them. Please do not send your child back to school with their clearance papers until you have spoken to their nurse.
- UPDATE Avoid Non-Essential Travel – On Saturday, October 31 the Governor issued Executive Order 205.2 and the NYS Department of Health subsequently issued Interim Guidance for Quarantine Restrictions on Travelers Arriving in New York State Following out of State Travel on Tuesday, November 3(also attached). The Guidance states, in part, that
All travelers entering New York from a state that is not a contiguous state*, or from a CDC Level 2 or 3 Travel Health Notice country, shall quarantine for a period of 14 days, consistent with Department of Health regulations for quarantine, unless: Interim Guidance for Quarantine Restrictions on Travelers Arriving in New York State Following Out of State Travel 2 1. For travelers who traveled outside of New York for more than 24 hours, such travelers must obtain testing within 72 hours prior to arrival in New York, AND 2. Such travelers must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine according to Department of Health guidelines, for a minimum of three days, measured from time of arrival, and on day 4 may seek a diagnostic test to exit quarantine.
*Contiguous states are Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont. Travelers from these states are not subject to this guidance. Travelers who leave New York State for less than 24 hours do not need to obtain a diagnostic test before departing and do not need to quarantine upon return. However, such travelers must fill out the traveler form upon entry and must obtain a diagnostic test on the fourth day after arrival in New York.