QUFSD Return to school protocols

Please note: All information is subject to change based on updated guidance from the NYS Department of Health and/or CDC.

As you are aware, everyone who enters our school buildings is required to screen for possible COVID-like symptoms. Parents are required to notify the school nurse if their child is not feeling well and keep their child home. Individuals should complete the Pinpoint health screening app daily, even if their child is staying home. 

If a student shows any symptoms of COVID (fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste of smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea), the following procedures will be enforced in order to allow for the return to school

If the healthcare provider confirms an alternate diagnosis (i.e. strep throat, flu) or a pre-existing condition (i.e. allergies, migraines):

  • Obtain a written diagnosis (preferably within 48 hours) from the healthcare provider of a known chronic condition with unchanged symptoms, or a confirmed acute illness (ex: laboratory-confirmed influenza, strep throat, etc.).
  • The healthcare provider must indicate that COVID is not suspected.
  • The note from the healthcare provider must detail the alternate diagnosis or pre-existing condition, along with all-related symptoms, as well as a release to return to school. Nonspecific viral diagnoses such as viral upper respiratory infection, bronchitis, common cold, stomach bug, flu-like illness or viral gastroenteritis will require a COVID test.
  • If your provider determines that a COVID test is necessary, you must stay home until you receive your test results. Please discuss with your physician how you will get your results. Please provide provider permission to the school. Follow the directions below based on your test results.
  • If your child is prescribed an antibiotic, please ensure they have taken the medication for at least 24 hours prior to returning to school.

If your child has been evaluated by a healthcare provider and receives a negative COVID test result:

  • Obtain medical documentation by a healthcare provider, clearing the child to return to school
  • Provide results of a negative COVID diagnostic test (copy of lab results or physician documentation). This can be a negative rapid test if available.
  • Ensure that all symptoms are improving
  • Ensure that the child is fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication
  • Ensure that there is no vomiting or diarrhea for at least the previous 24 hours

If the test results are not available within 48 hours, per New York State Department of Health, QUFSD is required to report this as a positive case of COVID to the Warren County Public Health (WCPH).

If your child has been evaluated by a healthcare provider and receives a positive COVID test result:

  • Obtain a physician’s note and written release from isolation from NYSDOH as required stating that child is able to return to school
  • Ensure that at least 10 days have passed since date of positive test or first symptoms have appeared 
  • Ensure that the child has been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication
  • Ensure that it has been at least 3 days since date symptoms have improved, including cough and shortness of breath
  • Ensure that there has been no vomiting or diarrhea for at least the previous 24 hours

If the test results are not available within 48 hours, per New York State Department of Health, QUFSD is required to report this as a positive case of COVID to the Warren County Public Health (WCPH).

If you choose NOT to have your child evaluated by a healthcare provider…

  • Your child must remain out of school for 10 calendar days after the first symptom(s) is identified. 
  • QUFSD is required to report this information to public health and WCPH would determine next steps and with regard to any siblings returning to school.
  • At the end of the 10 days:
    • ensure that all symptoms are improving
    • ensure that your child has been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication

Notification

The COVID Coordinator and/or school nurse will receive notification from Warren County Public Health regarding any positive test results that relate to a student. The COVID Coordinator must be informed of all positive cases in the district (students or staff) by the Department of Health, the employee or the school nurse.