One of the biggest changes you can expect is that the New York State Department of Health will no longer conduct contact tracing. This means that individuals potentially exposed to COVID-19 will no longer be contacted by their local department of health. Going forward, we will no longer be collecting information about contacts to report to county health departments.
However, we will continue our due diligence with regard to notifying impacted staff and families if we learn about a positive case. This type of notification will ask staff and families to monitor for symptoms, but will not necessarily result in anyone being identified as a close contact and being excluded from school. In a situation like this, you can expect a phone call from our school nurse, notifying you of the potential exposure so that you can monitor your child for symptoms, and information about getting them tested if symptoms should arise.
Please note that there will be situations when the need to identify close contacts is warranted due to a direct COVID exposure. Particular attention will be paid to staff and students at high risk for severe disease, as well as those times and locations where there may be fewer layers of mitigation in place (e.g., classes with students who are unable to wear a mask due to a documented medical issue and/or disabilities). These situations may result in a student or staff member being excluded from school and asked to stay home and quarantine for five to 10 days.