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 the test. If their healthcare provider requires a PCR (molecular) Test, you will need to wait for those test results (3-5 days). If their healthcare provider administers a Rapid (antigen) Test, you need to wait for those results (typically 15-30 minutes). 

How can my child return to school with a Negative Rapid Test result?  

Students who receive a negative Rapid COVID-19 Test can return to school under one of the following scenarios: 

  1. If your child still has symptoms, but they are improving and no fever has been present for 24 hrs, an alternate diagnosis from a healthcare provider that states “Non COVID-19 related” or another specific alternate diagnosis; OR
  2. If no symptoms and no fever for a minimum of 24 hours (Note: In this circumstance, you do not need an alternative diagnosis from your doctor)

Under what conditions can my child return to school if their symptoms have improved, they’re fever-free with a Negative Rapid Test but have not been given an alternative diagnosis (e.g. Non-COVID viral infection)?

  1. Medical clearance to return to school; OR
  2. Negative PCR Test result.

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.

Under what circumstances can my child return to school if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms but we choose not to see a healthcare provider or get COVID-19 tested?  

Your child must stay out of school until 10 calendar days have passed since the first symptoms appeared and they are fever free for 72 hours. If a parent/guardian chooses not to take their child to a healthcare provider, the District is required to consult with Warren County Public Health to determine if this should be recorded as a COVID positive case. 

What if I am worried about my child’s potential exposure (asymptomatic and has not been told to quarantine by public health) and I want my child to get tested? 

You can have your child receive a Rapid COVID-19 Test and your child can return to school if they are not experiencing any symptoms and are fever free.  

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 6/8/2021