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Superintendent's Message: Updated Isolation/Quarantine Protocols

JAN. 11, 2022 — Late yesterday afternoon, NYSDOH issued an updated guidance document regarding quarantine and isolation in the school setting. The document references additional guidance documents to be provided "shortly" but no timeline was given.

Late last evening, Ontario County DOH provided temporary clarification based on the updated NYSDOH document, though they are also waiting for more information and additional changes are possible in the coming days. We will keep you posted and update our website with new information as it becomes available.

In the meantime, the following changes are effective immediately:

  • Students and staff who test positive, regardless of vaccination status, are subject to a five-day period of isolation, with the day of onset of symptoms or a positive test counted as Day Zero. Students and staff may return to school/work on Day Six if they are without symptoms. If symptoms persist, further isolation will be required.
  • Students and staff who are fully vaccinated and exposed to a positive case may attend school/work but must observe a five-day quarantine outside of school/work. The day of confirmed exposure counts as Day Zero.
  • Students and staff who are not fully vaccinated and exposed to a positive case must observe a five-day quarantine and may not attend school/work during that time. However, Test to Stay will be offered to these individuals during the five-day period, if the exposure occurred at school, with the goal of keeping them in school/work.
  • Currently, Test to Stay applies only to school-day attendance. Test to stay cannot be used to return a student to athletic competition or extracurricular activities. We are monitoring this closely and will notify you of any changes.

If you believe that the changes above make your child eligible to return to school, please contact one of our school nurses to confirm. 

Moving forward, individuals who test positive or are identified as a confirmed exposure will be referred to the Ontario County DOH website to complete a form that will generate an order of isolation (positive case) or quarantine (exposure). Again, please contact our school nurses with any questions.

We expect to update the school website during the day as we learn more, and we will keep you updated as we receive future guidance documents referenced by NYSDOH and Ontario County DOH. Unfortunately, no timeline has been provided for the release of these documents. 

Thank you for your patience.

Matthew Sickles, superintendent