COVID-19 Student Protocol Q&A updates

What happens if my child begins having symptoms related to COVID-19?

Notify the building nurse and contact their healthcare provider for a diagnosis and for them to determine if they need a COVID-19 test. 

What happens if my child is symptomatic and sent for a COVID-19 Test? 

Your child will need to isolate and await the results of PCR (molecular) Test. (Results are generally available in 3-5 days.)

How can my child return to school?  

The only way a student can return to school is:

  • A negative PCR (molecular) test has been received and the student remains symptom and fever-free.

Can my child attend school if they are experiencing classic symptoms associated with a preexisting illness (e.g. migraine or allergies) and do not have a fever?  

If your child is exhibiting symptoms, even if they are consistent with a preexisting condition that mirrors the symptoms of COVID (e.g. fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting or diarrhea) with or without a fever, you should keep your child home until the preexisting illness is cleared by their healthcare provider.

What if my child test positive for COVID-19?

Notify your building nurse and keep your child out of school until 10 calendar days have passed since the positive test or first symptoms appeared and they are fever-free for 72 hours. A doctor’s note or clearance from public health must be provided to return to school. 

When should my child wear a mask?

  • Masks are no longer required while outside on school grounds or during outdoor athletic events
  • A mask must be worn at all times on a school bus
  • Mask should be worn at all times in a classroom, except for scheduled mask breaks

More information about updated guidance can be found here.

Does my child get mask breaks? 

  • In student-occupied classrooms, mask breaks are allowed at the teacher’s discretion, while students are seated at their desks.

What are the travel advisory updates? 

As per the NYS Travel Advisory protocols, the travel guidelines require all New Yorkers, as well as those visiting from out-of-state, to take personal responsibility for compliance in the best interest of public health and safety. Please visit for details. 

Updated 9/15/2021