Isolation applies to individuals with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19. It involves the diagnosed person having no interaction with other members of the household. The person must have their own bathroom and a door to their quarters. Meals are delivered to the room. This is difficult in a private residence, and may be impossible if the person in isolation is a young child.
Per the NYS DOH guidelines, a person diagnosed with COVID-19 must isolate for 10 days after the onset of their symptoms OR 10 days from the date they were tested (if they were asymptomatic). Repeat COVID testing is not recommended after the 10 day isolation period.
Quarantine applies to individuals exposed to a suspected or confirmed case of COVID19, or who have recently traveled internationally or in states with widespread COVID-19 transmission. People in quarantine feel well, but may be pre-symptomatic. A person in quarantine must monitor themselves closely to determine if they have developed symptoms of COVID-19. The person must have their own bathroom or clean the bathroom between each use. They must sleep in a separate room from anyone not in quarantine, in case symptoms develop at night. If they develop symptoms, they must be tested and start an isolation period.
Per the NYS DOH guidelines, a contact must quarantine for 14 days after their date of last contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19. If a person has ongoing contact with a case during their isolation period, they must quarantine for the case’s 10 day isolation period, plus an additional 14 days (potential 24 day quarantine).
If your child has been quarantined due to contact with a positive case, LREI requests that they be re-tested for COVID-19 by PCR on or after day 12 of their quarantine period prior to returning to school.
If your child develops any symptoms of COVID-19 at school, as defined by the CDC and NYS Department of Health above, they will be evaluated by a nurse, placed in an isolation room, and a parent/guardian will be called to pick them up. We expect that you will be available to answer a call from the school at all times during the day, and will pick up your child within 1 hour of contact. Young children and children requiring ongoing nursing care will be accompanied into isolation by a nurse. Older children will be visually monitored by a nurse while in isolation.
Any child sent home with COVID-like-symptoms must have the following to return to school:
A negative COVID test (PCR) AND a clearance note from their doctor to return
At least 72 hours fever-free
Symptom improvement and the ability to self-manage any lingering symptoms in school
If a child is not tested for COVID-19, they must stay home and isolate (as if they were positive) for 10 days after the onset of symptoms.
If a household member becomes symptomatic, the student must quarantine until the primary contact is tested and receives negative results. Students may not attend school if a household member has a pending evaluation or test for COVID-19.
That household member must isolate for 10 days after the onset of their symptoms OR 10 days from the date they are tested. Any close or proximate contacts (including all household members) must quarantine away from the primary contact for 14 days from the date of last contact. If the student is not able to quarantine away from the parent or household member, the student could potentially require a quarantine lasting up to 24 days.
If a household member is placed on mandatory quarantine due to COVID-19 contact, the student must quarantine until the primary contact is tested and receives negative results. Students may not attend school if a household member has a pending evaluation or test for COVID-19.
If the primary contact is able to fully quarantine away in a separate residence from the student, then the student may be permitted to attend school. These decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.
If the primary contact is not able to quarantine away from the student, then the student will be required to quarantine at home with the primary contact and not attend school until the primary contact is released from quarantine.
If you have more than one child in the school and are called to pick up one sick child, you will be asked to take any other children home as a precaution until the primary contact has a negative COVID-19 test.
The school will contact trace all positive COVID-19 cases within the community. You will be notified immediately if your child is a close or proximate contact of anyone who is diagnosed with COVID-19. Due to privacy laws, we cannot inform you of the name of the person diagnosed, only that your child had contact with someone now diagnosed with COVID-19. Any close or proximate contacts will be required to quarantine for 14 days from their date of last contact with the positive person. This will likely mean that the entire class will be home for up to 14 days, depending on the primary contact’s school attendance.
We require that you fully quarantine for this period and not travel, interact with other members of the school community, or schedule play dates or group learning pods.
Cough and congestion are both symptoms on the list of COVID-19 symptoms. For any new onset or new worsening of symptoms, we are required by the NYS Department of Health to isolate and refer the student for testing.
To avoid this situation, we strongly recommend that you talk to your pediatrician regarding starting your child on daily allergy medications to prevent these symptoms before they start.
At this point, the research is unclear if a person can contract COVID-19 multiple times, though there have been case reports to suggest that it is possible. As a result, you will be required to follow the isolation, testing and return to school procedures outlined above, even if your child was diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past or has a positive antibody report.
The NYS Travel Advisory is constantly evolving. Please read the below explanations carefully to understand the rules regarding travel and your child’s school attendance (as of 11/10/2020).
Any travel to a state outside of New York State (with the exception of travel to NJ, PA, CT, MA and VT) or international travel to a CDC level 2 or 3 country requires that the person be tested for COVID-19 within the 3 days before returning to NY, quarantine for 3 days, and then be tested again on day 4 of their quarantine in NY. You are required to register your travel on the NYS Travel Advisory Website.
If both tests are negative, then the person does not need to quarantine for 14 days. If either test is positive, please report it to the school immediately and follow the guidance provided by your healthcare provider.
If this process is not followed, the traveler will need to quarantine for 14 days.
If your child is traveling as outlined above, we expect that you will report this travel to the school’s nurses prior to leaving (firstname.lastname@example.org) and on your daily Magnus screening. You will be required to submit your child’s negative test results both from the 3 days prior to arrival in NY and day 4 of quarantine in NY. The test performed in NY must be a lab-confirmed test (either PCR or saliva) and cannot be a rapid molecular or rapid antigen test. The nurse must provide clearance to your child in writing prior to their return to school.
If your child is traveling in a state for less than 24 hours, they are not required to test prior to leaving, do not have to quarantine, but must still be tested on day 4 after their return.
*No reporting or testing is required if traveling to NJ, PA, CT, MA or VT
If a household member is traveling to another state or country, but your child is not traveling, you must follow the outlined procedure for the household member. In order for your child to continue to attend school upon the household member’s return home, the traveler must be able to fully quarantine away from the family. If the traveler is not able to fully quarantine away from the student, then the student must stay home and quarantine with the household member.
If your child traveled out of state (other than NJ, PA, CT, MA or VT) or internationally to a CDC level 2 or 3 country in the last 14 days, have you fulfilled the travel testing and quarantine requirements and been cleared by the school nurses to return?
N/A (may attend school)
Yes (may attend school)
No (may not attend school)
If a household member has traveled out of state (other than NJ, PA, CT, MA or VT) or internationally to a CDC level 2 or 3 country, are they able to fully quarantine away from other family members?
The individual must not be in public or otherwise leave the quarters that they have identified as suitable.
Separate quarters with separate bathroom facilities for each individual or family group. Access to a sink with soap and water, and paper towels is needed.
The contact must have a way to self-quarantine from household members as soon as fever or other symptoms develop, in a separate room. There must be a door that separates it from the rest of the living area and has its own bathroom. Given that an exposed individual might become ill while sleeping, the exposed individual must sleep in a separate bedroom from household members.
Cleaning supplies, e.g. household cleaning wipes, must be provided in any shared bathroom.
If an individual sharing a bathroom becomes symptomatic, all others sharing the bathroom will be considered exposed persons until the symptomatic individual is appropriately evaluated and cleared.
Food must be delivered to the individual’s quarters.
Quarters must have a supply of face masks for individuals to put on if they become symptomatic.
Garbage must be bagged and left outside by the door of each of the quarters for routine pick up. Special handling is not required.
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