Update Re:COVID-19 and Test to Stay Policy

Update Re:COVID-19 and Test to Stay Policy
Posted on 01/11/2022
Update Re:COVID-19 and Test to Stay Policy

To view a pdf version of the COVID-19 Updates, please use this link. 

To view a pdf version of the Test to Stay Policy information, please use this link.

COVID-19 Update: 1/11/2022

On 1/10/2022 we received new guidance from the NYSDOH regarding quarantine and isolation in school settings, and additional guidance from the UCDOH outlining the updates.

Both NYSDOH and UCDOH recognizes the CDC priority of safely providing in-person instruction, as well as the importance of multi-layer mitigation strategies in place in school settings.

Masking and Distancing: Both masking and distancing continue to be required in school settings.

Changes:

Isolation:

Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate for a minimum of 5 days (regardless of vaccination status). If symptoms persist, further isolation will be required; otherwise, they may attend or work at school after the 5-day isolation.

· If asymptomatic at the end of 5 days or if symptoms are resolving, isolation ends, and the individual should wear a well-fitting mask around others for an additional 5 days.

· Individuals who are moderately-severely immunocompromised should continue to follow standard (not shortened) isolation guidance.

· Individuals who are unable to wear a well-fitting mask for 5 days after a 5-day isolation should also follow standard (not shortened) isolation guidance.

 

Quarantine (for Individuals who are exposed to someone with COVID-19):

a. In-classroom activities:

All fully vaccinated* individuals (students, teachers, and staff), who have been exposed to an individual with COVID-19 may continue to attend or work at school, regardless of booster status, while quarantined outside of school. Attendance applies only to participation in classroom activities and taking the bus to and from school.

*Fully vaccinated is defined as two weeks after the receipt of either two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one dose of Johnson and Johnson vaccine or full course of any other recognized vaccine.

Previously referred to as vaccine exempt.

b. Extracurricular or after school activities:

Individuals 12 years and older who are eligible for a booster but not boosted, and who have been exposed to an individual with COVID-19, cannot participate in extracurricular or after school activities and, aside from school attendance for instruction and bus travel, they must adhere to a 5-day quarantine outside of school.

Fully vaccinated 5-11 year-old children are not eligible for a booster and have no further restrictions. They CAN attend extracurricular or after school activities

c. Students, teachers, and staff who are not vaccinated or have not completed a primary vaccine series who came into close contact with someone with COVID-19 need to quarantine for at least 5 days (day 0 through day 5) after their last close contact.

These individuals could be eligible for our Test-To-Stay Program that would allow them to stay in the school setting during the quarantine period. They must be quarantined outside of the school instruction/academic periods. [No community activities or extracurricular participation including clubs, sports, arts/performance activities, etc.]

Our Test-To-Stay protocol enables asymptomatic, unvaccinated individuals to remain in school under certain conditions.

It is important to note the following:

a. The exposure must have occurred in the school setting and while both the person with COVID-19 (index patient) and exposed person were consistently and properly masked.

b. The exposed person remains asymptomatic. If the exposed person who is allowed to remain in school through TTS develops symptoms, they must be immediately excluded from school per current school guidance.

c. The exposed person is tested a minimum of two times during the five-day period following exposure, unless recognition of the exposure is delayed, or weekends or school breaks intervene.

· Testing twice [was three times] over a five-day period [was seven days]

· Test #1 may be administered by parent/guardian/caregiver/staff under the direction of our school nurse on Day 0, or as soon as possible

· Test #2 needs to be given on days 4 or 5

 

Please see updated Rondout Valley Policy on Test-To-Stay [TTS], 1/11/2022 (posted below), for additional details.

Additional changes for symptomatic individuals:

We still accept ALL test sources for POSITIVES cases - No Change.

Now, we can accept a rapid antigen test if completed by a Health Care Provider/lab verified [not a home kit or over the counter kit] for a person who has symptoms and has NO KNOWN EXPOSURE as a close contact for the past 14 days. This documented result from a Health Care Provider/lab verified will allow a symptomatic person to return.

If a person has symptoms and a known exposure (close contact) in the past 14 days, we can only accept PCR/NAAT/Molecular tests. NO rapid antigen tests or home kits are accepted.



Test to Stay Update: 1/11/22

Rondout Valley CSD will use a Test-To-Stay protocol to enable asymptomatic, unvaccinated individuals to remain in school under the following conditions:

a) The exposure must have occurred in the school setting and while both the person with COVID-19 (index patient) and exposed person were consistently and properly masked.

b) The exposed person remains asymptomatic. If the exposed person who is allowed to remain in school through TTS develops symptoms, they must be immediately excluded from school per current school guidance.

c) The exposed person is tested a minimum of two times during the five-day period following exposure, unless recognition of the exposure is delayed, or weekends or school breaks intervene. THE INITIAL TEST MAY BE ADMINISTERED BY PARENTS/GUARDIANS/CAREGIVERS/STAFF UNDER THE DIRECTION OF OUR SCHOOL NURSE. Parents/guardians/caregivers must pick-up testing kit. The tests will not be sent home with the student. [Students 18 and older may administer the test themselves under the direction of the school nurse, with parental permission.]

d) The five-day period is measured in calendar days where the last date of exposure is considered day 0. The first test shall be done as soon as possible after exposure is identified (i.e., the first day the student is in school after identified exposure). The second test needs to be given on days 4 or 5. Parents/guardians/caregivers, and staff members will be given a schedule of when the tests must occur.

e) Families or staff will not have to pay for test kits. An individual rapid test kit shall be provided to every eligible student or staff member.

f) If the exposed individual test result is positive, a report must be made to the school nurse and directly to the Ulster County Department of Health.

g) The test must be conducted the days indicated —and the results received—before the school day begins, and positive individuals MUST be excluded/isolated per existing procedures. [An email must be sent to the school nurse including the individual’s full name and picture of the test result prior to the school day.]

h) If the test is done in an unmonitored setting (e.g. home using the school provided kit or an over-the-counter [OTC] rapid test), a mechanism must be in place to ensure the test is done correctly, on the correct person, and in accordance with the package insert (which may have an effect on the testing cadence). This is best accomplished by parents/guardians/caregivers/staff administering the initial test under the direction of the school nurse. Link to a video demonstrating directions of test administration will be provided.

i) All parties will be made aware that the exposed person who is allowed to remain in school through TTS must be quarantined outside of school instruction/academic periods (on weekends/holidays when the five-day TTS period is still active, but no school test is required; after school/evenings; no community activities or extracurricular participation including clubs, sports, arts/performance activities, etc.). Please note that people participating in TTS are allowed to continue to ride the school bus following all existing guidance, including required masking.

A copy of this policy shall be given to any individual participating in the Test-To-Stay program.