The New York State Department of Health recently updated its guidance on COVID isolation and quarantine, formally ending contact tracing requirements, including in schools.
Individuals potentially exposed to COVID-19 will no longer be contacted by their local department of health, meaning you will no longer receive a phone call or quarantine/isolation release forms from the county health department. Individuals are now expected to complete these on their own at the conclusion of their isolation or quarantine period.
We will continue to notify impacted families when we learn about a positive case. Beginning immediately, we will begin notifying close contacts of potential exposure via letter or email. This notification will include information about isolation and quarantine and your responsibilities; as well as ready-made resources from New York State.
If your unvaccinated child is a close contact of a confirmed COVID case, they must:
- Stay home for 5 days. After that, continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
- If your child develops symptoms, they should get tested immediately and isolate until test results arrive. If the test result is positive, follow recommendations in the Isolation section below.
If your vaccinated child is a close contact of a confirmed COVID case:
- No quarantine is required
- Wear a mask for 10 days around others
- If symptoms develop, get tested immediately and isolate until test results arrive. If the test result is positive, follow recommendations in the Isolation section below.
- If symptomatic and no COVID testing is completed, individuals would be required to isolate for 5 days.
If your child tests positive for COVID-19 (regardless of vaccination status), they must:
- Isolate at home for 5 full days (where day “0” is the day of symptom onset or (if asymptomatic) the day of collection of the first positive specimen)
- If they have no symptoms or their symptoms are resolving after 5 full days, they can end isolation and return to school, after getting a “Release from Isolation”, as outlined below.
- Individuals who are moderately-severely immunocompromised should continue to follow standard (i.e., not shortened) Isolation Guidance.
- Your child must continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days. NOTE: Individuals who are unable to wear a well-fitting mask for 5 days after a 5-day isolation should also follow standard (i.e., not shortened) Isolation Guidance.
Should your child need to isolate or quarantine, please visit the appropriate link to request the form needed to return to school.
To obtain a release order after a positive diagnosis, click here. For a release order after exposure to a positive case, click here. Please forward the order to your school nurse. Your child will be permitted to return to in-person instruction once receipt of this order is confirmed.
Please contact your school nurse or building principal with any questions.