As we know, the aftermath of the pandemic is still with us. While we want to see as much normalcy as possible, we must also prepare for peaks and valleys in the rate of transmission of the virus this year. Rather than mandate a statewide approach, the NYS Department of Health has indicated that school districts should decide upon an approach at the local level, guided by recommendations from medical experts.
Using guidance from the CDC, the NYS Department of Education, our county health officials, and our school physician, the Board of Education and District Administration has developed a plan for navigating the upcoming school year. Our first step will be to determine the level of transmission of COVID-19 for our community.
At the county level, the level of transmission is based on two factors:
- The number of new cases in the county over the previous 7 days.
- The percentage of accurate COVID tests (Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests or NAATs ) that come back positive in the county over the past 7 days.
The determination of a specific level follows the guidelines we laid out for you here.
Schoharie County COVID-19 Data Tracking
This is how you can track community transmission rates.
Quarantine Instructional Plan
Students who are placed on a Department of Health quarantine from school will be provided with streaming, paper, and digital academic resources to continue their learning experience. Each quarantine will be evaluated on a case by case basis to determine the appropriate services for each student.
Return to School for Individuals Displaying Symptoms of COVID-19
According to the Commissioner’s testing determination issued pursuant to 10 NYCRR 2.63, all students, teachers and staff with new or worsening symptoms must be excluded from school, regardless of vaccination status and either:
- provide a negative COVID-19 test result or
- remain excluded from school for a minimum of 10 calendar days from symptom onset
If symptoms are improving and an individual is fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications, they may return to school with either:
- a note from HCP indicating the negative test, or
- a copy of the negative test result
COVID-19 Testing On Campus
Bassett’s School-Based healthcare practitioners have the ability to do COVID testing for any symptomatic student as long as you are enrolled in the school-based health program.
Our Bassett school based health center will be open when school is in session virtually or in-person. Telehealth visit options are also available. Please call 518-827-3793 Monday – Friday, 8:00-4:00 to schedule an appointment.