Ill persons, contact tracing and monitoring

If Students or Staff become Ill with Symptoms of COVID-19 at School

The district requires students or staff with a temperature, signs of illness, and/or a positive response to the questionnaire to be sent directly to a dedicated isolation area where students are supervised, prior to being picked up or otherwise sent home. Students will be supervised in the isolation area while awaiting transport home and will be separated by at least 6 feet. Students will be escorted from the isolation area to their parent/guardian. Students or staff will be referred to a healthcare provider and provided resources on COVID-19 testing. 

Transporting Home:

  • Students will be escorted from the isolation area to the parent/guardian.

  • Staff will provide the parent/guardian with a student assessment checklist and COVID-19 parent letter. 

  • Symptomatic students or staff members must follow CDC’s Stay Home When You Are Sick guidance unless otherwise directed by a healthcare provider or the Monroe County Department of Health.

  • If the student or staff member has emergency warning signs such as trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to arouse, bluish lips or face, the district will call 911 and notify the operator that the person may have COVID-19.

Return to School after Illness

The district has established protocols and procedures, in consultation with the local health department(s), about the requirements for determining when individuals, particularly students, who screened positive for COVID-19 symptoms can return to the in-person learning environment at school. This protocol includes:

  1. If they have been diagnosed with another condition/not diagnosed with COVID-19:

    1. Healthcare provider written note stating they are clear to return to school.

    2. Students must be afebrile and off of pain reducing medication for at least 24 hours.

    3. Symptoms have improved.

  2. If student/staff have symptoms consistent with, are diagnosed with, or test positive for COVID-19:

    1. It has been at least ten days since the individual first had symptoms.

    2. It has been at least three days since the individual’s symptoms improved, including cough and shortness of breath.

    3. It has been at least three days since the individual has had a fever (without using fever reducing medicine.

    4. Must have a written note clearing a person to return to school.

The district will refer to DOH’s “Interim Guidance for Public and Private Employees Returning to Work Following COVID-19 Infection or Exposure” regarding protocols and policies for faculty and staff seeking to return to work after a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 or after the faculty or staff member had close or proximate contact with a person with COVID-19.

The district requires that individuals who were exposed to the COVID-19 virus complete quarantine and have not developed symptoms before returning to in-person learning. The discharge of an individual from quarantine and return to school will be conducted in coordination with the local health department.

COVID-19 Testing

If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the school, the district will follow the direction of the Monroe County Department of Health for quarantine and school closure guidance. 

If a student or staff member with confirmed or suspected exposure to COVID-19, they are to follow health department guidance on quarantine and isolation. If a student or staff member becomes symptomatic with Covid-19 symptoms during quarantine or isolation they will follow the guidelines above for managing illness and return to school.

In the event that a large-scale testing will need to be conducted at the school, the district administration will work with the following providers:

Dr. Michael Mendoza with the Monroe County Department of Health- (585) 753-6000

Dr. Jay Ellie with WorkFit- (585)426-4990

Director of Occupational and Comprehensive School Health Heather Hosking with WorkFit- (585)426-4990

Contact Tracing

The district will notify the state and local health department immediately upon being informed of any positive COVID-19 diagnostic test result by an individual within school facilities or on school grounds, including students, faculty, staff, and visitors of the district. 

To assist the local health department with tracing the transmission of COVID-19, the district has developed and maintained a plan to trace all contacts of exposed individuals in accordance with protocols, training, and tools provided through the New York State Contact Tracing Program.  

Districts may assist with contact tracing by:

  1. Keeping accurate attendance records of students and staff members

  2. Ensuring student schedules are up to date 

  3. Keeping a log of any visitor which includes date and time, and where in the school they visited

  4. Assisting the local health departments in tracing all contacts of the individual in accordance with the protocol, training, and tools provided through the NYS Contact Tracing Program

If/when COVID-19 cases are discovered in the school, the district will consult with the Monroe County Health Department for appropriate actions.

Confidentiality must be maintained as required by federal and state laws and regulations. School staff should not try to determine who is to be excluded from school based on contact without guidance and direction from the local health department. 

For more information about how COVID-19 containment efforts will be communicated to students, families and staff members, visit the Communication/Family and Community Engagement section of our reopening plan.

School Closures

A closure refers to contingency plans, protocols, and procedures for decreasing the scale or scope of in- person education and/or closing the school. The district will collaborate with the Monroe County Department of Health to determine the parameters, conditions or metrics (e.g., increased absenteeism or increased illness in-school community) that will serve as early warning signs that positive COVID-19 cases may be increasing beyond an acceptable level. 

At a minimum, the plan will incorporate the following:

Some conditions may warrant the district, in consultation with state and local health departments, to reduce in-person education or closing the school and plan for an orderly closure; such conditions may include:

  • Schools in New York will close if the regional infection rate rises over 9% after Aug. 1. Schools will close if the 7-day rolling average of the infection rate is above 9%.

  • Our region of New York is currently in Phase 4 of reopening. Because of this, the district can reopen if the daily infection rate remains below 5%, using a 14-day average, unless otherwise directed from the Monroe County Department of Health. 

  • If the infection rate rises about 9%, the district must wait until the 14-day average is below 5%

  • Once schools open at Phase 4 with below 5% for a 14-day rolling average, schools can remain open even if the rate continues to rise until it reaches 9% for a 7-day average.

  • The district will be notified by the Monroe County Department of Health on the situation.

  • Administrators will consider closing school if absentee rates impact the ability of the school to operate safely. 

  • The district may choose to modify operations prior to closing to help mitigate a rise in cases. If infection rates are rising above 5%; consider modifying school operations for medically vulnerable students and staff if they are participating in in-person activities. We will consult with our  medical director and the Monroe County Department of Health when making such decisions.

  • The district will determine which operations will be decreased or ceased and which operations will be conducted remotely; include a process to conduct orderly closures which may include phasing, milestones, and involvement of key personnel. 

For more information about how school closure information will be communicated to students, families and staff members, visit the Communication/Family and Community Engagement section of our reopening plan.