Ontario County Isolation/Quarantine Protocols

  • JAN. 11, 2022 — The New York State Department of Health and the Ontario County Department of Health have updated the protocols for isolation and quarantine related to COVID-19. Please read the following closely and contact a school nurse with any questions.

    For Students & Staff who are Fully Vaccinated

    If you test positive for COVID-19

    • You need to be isolated for five days. This period begins with the day you started having symptoms, or, if asymptomatic, the day you tested positive for COVID-19.
    • If you are asymptomatic at the end of five days or your symptoms are resolving and you are fever free for at least 24 hours, your isolation ends. 

    If you are exposed to someone with COVID-19

    • No quarantine is required.
    • If symptoms appear, isolate and seek testing. Isolation ends when a negative test is obtained, otherwise, you must isolate as stated above.

    For Students & Staff who are NOT fully vaccinated 

    If you test positive for COVID-19

    • You need to be isolated for five days. This period begins with the day you started having symptoms, or, if asymptomatic, the day you tested positive for COVID-19.
    • If you are asymptomatic at the end of five days or your symptoms are resolving and you are fever free for at least 24 hours, your isolation ends. 

    If you are exposed to someone with COVID-19

    • Starting with the date of your last exposure, you need to quarantine for five days or opt to participate in the test to stay protocol. As a reminder, the test to stay protocol still does not apply to unvaccinated individuals with at home exposures. Test to stay allows students to come to school, but they remain in quarantine the rest of the day and cannot participate in extracurricular activities until their full isolation ends.
    • If symptoms appear after an exposure to someone with COVID-19, isolate and seek testing. If the test is negative, you do not need to continue isolation. You may need to continue with the Test to Stay or quarantine protocols if applicable. Otherwise, without a negative test, you must isolate as stated above in the "If you test positive for COVID" section.

    Important additional information:

    • Any staff member or student who does qualify for an early release is required to wear their mask at all times and properly (unless eating) and if they are unable to do so, they will be returned to their full, ten-day isolation period.
    • This new protocol applies to both students and staff. 
    • If you participate in a club, sport, or extracurricular activity and qualify for an early release from isolation or quarantine, you may also begin to participate in those activities. Athletes still need a return to play document from their doctor if they had COVID-19. However, please be aware that the American Academy of Pediatrics is not releasing students back to sports until day ten so that may become a problem for families in that our local guidance doesn’t match pediatric guidance. 
    • If you meet the criteria for an early release anytime between day five and ten, you may be released at that time by acquiring a release from Public Health. 
    • If you are released early from isolation or quarantine, you should, as best as possible, eat breakfast and lunch at greater than six feet from others. 
    • Moving forward, if you or your child are placed in isolation or quarantine, you will need to visit the Ontario County Public Health website and fill out a verification form to be entered into their system. You can only receive a release from Public Health if you complete this process. Those links can be found here:
    • The District is still expected to contact trace and share findings of potential exposures with Public Health so they can determine if quarantine is necessary.
    • At this time, the definition of "fully vaccinated" does not include the booster.
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