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HEALTH SAFETY PROTOCOLS

Overview
2022-2023

We have taken several precautions to prepare for health safety and to prevent the spread of illness at school. Thank you for adhering to school health safety protocols for the well-being of the entire school community!

 

2022-2023 COVID-19 Protocols as of 08/12/2022

  • MASKS  Face masks are optional as long as the Albany County COVID-19 Community Level is not classified as “High,” and the person has not been exposed to a positive COVID-19 case. The school will take a layered approach as recommended by the CDC, and will implement universal masking when COVID levels are high in the local region. The school will use the term “Mask Friendly” to ensure that every individual is included, whether or not they choose to wear a mask.

  • COVID EXPOSURE  All individuals, vaccinated or not, will be required to wear a well-fitted mask for at least 10 days if exposed to a positive case, ie Close Contact, with the first day of exposure being Day 0.

  • COVID POSITIVE  COVID-19 Positive individuals will be required to quarantine for 10 days with the first day of symptoms as Day 0.

  • ILLNESS SYMPTOMS  Individuals will be required to Stay at Home or Return to Home for any sore throat, headache, stomach ache, fever, vomit, diarrhea, non-transparent mucus or undiagnosed coughing condition.

  • TESTING  Testing is recommended for people with symptoms of COVID-19 as soon as possible after symptoms begin. Weekly COVID-19 testing will no longer be conducted at school.

  • SCHOOL ATTENDANCE  Individuals must be Symptom Free for at least 24 hours in order to return to in-person attendance at school, for diagnosis (cold, flu, etc) that is not COVID, Monkeypox, or other communicable disease (i.e. Chicken Pox, etc).

  • CHRONIC, NON-CONTAGIOUS SYMPTOMS  A report from an individual’s PCP describing chronic symptoms (ie clear mucus from seasonal allergies) is required for in-person attendance and for exemption from isolation/quarantine for particular symptoms described by their PCP as chronic.

  • VENTILATION  High-capacity air purifiers with HEPA filters will continue to be operated continuously throughout the school day and for at least an hour after the end of the school in each of the classroom and shared use spaces at school.

  • CLEANING & DISINFECTING  The school staff will continue to clean and disinfect surfaces, especially eating surfaces, chairs, furniture, electronics (land-line phones, copiers, etc) and touch points.