2022-23 COVID-19 Guidance

Schoharie County COVID-19 Data Tracking 

The latest state guidance notes that the requirement for school districts to report daily COVID-19 testing and case positive data to the New York State Department of Health has ended. However, you can view the cases reported in area counties at this link: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/positive-tests-over-time-region-and-county

Free at-home tests available

The Middleburgh Central School District provides at-home COVID-19 test kits for students. If you need a home COVID test, please contact the main office of the building your student attends.  

Illness/positive COVID test

As with any infectious illness, students and staff who test positive for COVID-19, or who show symptoms, are asked to stay home from school and follow the Centers for Disease Control’s Isolation Guidance.  

  • Someone who tested positive and has no symptoms may return to school after day 5. 
  • Someone who is sick (has symptoms) may return to school after day 5 if they have been fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and symptoms are improving.
  • People who have been sick, or tested positive, should wear a mask through day 10. 
  • Regarding athletics, if there is a positive player on any team, it is the responsibility of the coaches and AD’s to notify families of a potential contact.

Vaccinations

COVID-19 vaccinations are not required to attend school. Children ages 6 months and older are all eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Children older than 5 are eligible for a booster. 

For students enrolled in our Bassett school-based health center, you can make an appointment to get a COVID-19 vaccine. To make an appointment, please call 518-827-3793 Monday – Friday, 8:00-4:00 when school is in session. 

To find other vaccination sites, go to this link – ny.gov/vaxtoschool

Masks

Any student or staff member may wear a mask while at school to prevent the spread of illness. Mask-wearing is recommended for at least 10 days following a positive COVID test, or COVID illness. 

Health and safety protocols 

Routine cleaning in our school buildings continues to be an important strategy for reducing the spread of illness. High-risk areas such as health offices, classrooms, lunchrooms, athletic rooms, bathrooms and high-traffic areas are cleaned daily. High-touch surfaces such as lunch tables, desks, chairs, light switches and handrails are also cleaned throughout the day.