Reporting positive Covid-19 cases

Symptoms of Covid-19

All students and staff are required to notify the school nurse when they develop symptoms of Covid-19, including but not limited to:

• Fever or 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
• Diarrhea

Also, all staff and students will be aware of emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, emergency medical care should be sought out immediately:

• Trouble breathing
• Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
• New confusion
• Inability to wake or stay awake
• Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone

Communication of Symptoms or Suspected Cases

• If staff and students are exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19 before the school day begins, they should contact the health office and should not enter the school building. Instead, they should follow the return to school protocol below.

• During the school day, staff will report any signs of Covid-19 related illness in students or adults to the health office. Students exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19 in school, who report to the school’s health office will be receive a communication to parents, will need to leave school and will be required to follow the return to school protocol below.

• The district will report positive cases to the County Department of Health, and engage in contact tracing for school-based contacts. Parents and staff will be notified of positive cases.

When/How to Isolate:

• If students are exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19 or have a positive test before the school day begins, they should contact the health office and should not enter the school building. Instead, they should follow the return to school protocol below.

• If students at school develop symptoms of Covid-19 during the school day, they should report to the school’s health office and then leave school to isolate themselves.

When to Return to School (Return to School Protocol):
The student should not report back to school unless:

The student has a negative Covid-Test and is fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication. The student must also have an official test result or note from a doctor indicating a negative test result and this must be sent to the school nurse. PLEASE NOTE THAT RAPID TEST RESULTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED; ONLY PCR RESULTS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

OR
The student has a positive Covid-Test, has isolated for 10 days, symptoms are improving and the student is fever-free for at least 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication. An official "release from isolation," must be provided to the school nurse before the student can return.

OR
The student's health care provider gives a signed note with a diagnosis of a known chronic condition with unchanged symptoms or a confirmed acute illness with laboratory confirmation. The student would then be able to return according to the usual guidelines for that diagnosis.

Return to School Protocol

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Quarantining

• The North Shore Schools will contact trace for school-based contacts.

• We anticipate lower numbers of quarantined students since NYSED guidance states that exposed masked students who maintain three feet distances need not be required to quarantine at all.

• New rules govern the need to quarantine for those who are vaccinated.