Coronavirus Information & Resources

Coronavirus Information & Resources

Dear Warwick Valley CSD Community,

An updated school mask guidance and a FAQ document are available, as well as a joint letter to school leaders from officials at the state departments of health and education.

Schools should continue to follow a previously released flow chart on school attendance when children have symptoms consistent with vaccine side effects shortly after receipt of the COVID vaccine.

The following table will address the district’s ongoing risk mitigation efforts, effective immediately: 

 

Classroom 

Individual mask preferences will not affect seating arrangements, partnerships, or groupings. No student may be relocated within or removed from a classroom based on whether or not they choose to wear a mask.

Cleaning

The current cleaning procedures will be followed.

Events

Indoor spaces will be fully utilized to accommodate typical in-person events.

Healthy Hygiene Practices

Throughout the school day, students will be strongly encouraged to keep their hands clean. Where washing hands is not feasible, such as in the common areas of all school buildings, hand sanitizer will be available.

Lunch and Snacks

Students may eat lunch in the cafeteria and snacks in the classroom. When students are not wearing a mask to eat on days 6-10 after exposure, they should sit 6 feet away from others.

Mask Wearing

Optional in schools, on school grounds, and on buses.

Notification of Exposure

Students will be notified by their school on a case by case basis if they have come into contact with a positive COVID-19 individual.   Administrators will send emails to each exposure rather than telephone calls.

Nurse’s Offices

Individuals will be offered to wear a mask while in the nurse’s office.

Returning to School Following COVID-19 Illness

Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 who return to school after completing 5 days of isolation are required to wear masks in school and indoor spaces on days 6 through 10.

If a well fitting mask cannot be worn, isolation should continue through day 10. 

Individuals required to wear a mask may remove the mask in order to eat, drink, sing, or play a wind instrument. When masks are removed for these purposes, a distance of six feet should be maintained between the individual and others.

Social Distancing 

Except in cases involving individuals returning from a COVID-19 illness, universal social distancing is no longer required (see Returning to School Following COVID-19 Illness).

 

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SYMPTOM CHECKING REMINDER

This year, there are no special entry procedures for students and staff; however, we ask that you review the following symptoms list on a daily basis and stay home when ill. When reporting absences due to illness, please be sure to notify the school nurse of COVID-19 compatible symptoms for further follow-up and guidance.

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC): Symptoms of COVID -19 

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • 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

This list does not include all possible symptoms. The CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19

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What to do if I have symptoms?

Individuals with Symptoms of COVID-19

According to the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and the Orange County Department of Health (OCDOH), all school students, teachers, and staff with new or worsening symptom(s) of COVID-19 must be excluded from school, regardless of vaccination status, and either:

  • Obtain a negative COVID test result OR
  • Remain excluded from school for a minimum of 5 calendar days from the date when symptoms began.

If the student stays home from school or they are sent home from the nurse’s office due to one or more COVID-19 symptom(s), What happens next?

NYSDOH & OCDOH require a Negative COVID test in order to return to school if you have any symptom(s) of COVID-19 or remain out of school for a minimum of 5 days from the date when symptoms began. 

If your child is feeling unwell, please keep them home. 

If the student/staff is home and beginning to:

  • Feel better AND 
  • They are fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines (ex. Tylenol, Motrin),

They may return to school before the 5 day time period ONLY after acquiring a Negative COVID test from a licensed laboratory. 

Documentation needed for return to school if feeling better: 

  • A note from the healthcare provider indicating the COVID test was negative OR 
  • A copy of the negative COVID test result. 

Given the growing prevalence of breakthrough infections among vaccinated populations nationwide, there is no recommended exemption for symptomatic vaccinated people. Meaning vaccinated individuals who are symptomatic will still need a negative COVID test with an improvement of symptoms as described above, to return to school or remain excluded from school for 5 days. 

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My Test is Positive, now what?

Staff and students who are ill with COVID-19 compatible symptoms who have tested positive may not attend school and must complete a 5 day quarantine from the date symptoms began. 

Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 but who are asymptomatic must stay home for 5 days from the date the test was performed.

Return to School for Positive Individuals

Students and staff that test positive for COVID-19 may return to school after:

  • A minimum of 5 calendar days
  • Symptoms must be improving
  • Fever-free for a minimum of 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine (ex Tylenol, Motrin)
  • Wear a well-fitting mask for an additional 5 days

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Return to Sports after Testing Positive for COVID-19

Student-athletes will need to be evaluated by their healthcare provider before they will be eligible to return to sports. The school requires that the COVID Positive Cardio Screening be completed and on file in the nurse’s office before such clearance will be granted. The COVID Positive/Cardio Screening Form is available for download from the Medical History Questionnaire. This form, once complete, can be easily uploaded.

The link to the Operoo log-in page is below. If you have any questions or need assistance, please email Heidi Thonus at hthonus@wvcsd.org.

Operoo Log-In

 


Please note that these requirements are subject to change with new emerging guidance from the CDC, NYSDOH & OCDOH. Please reference this page often for updates. If you have specific questions please contact your building nurse to discuss case by case situations.