Q&A Regarding Updated Quarantine and Test to Stay Guidance 1/12/2022

January 12, 2022

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As we shared with you last night, NYSDOH and WCDOH updated guidance related to quarantines and Test to Stay. You can read that letter here. 

Today I met with principals, nurses, and other district administrators regarding what specifically those changes mean for Mount Pleasant. Please review the following questions and answers to determine how the updated guidance will impact your family specifically.  

If you have any questions, please ask.  This can be confusing and we want to help you!

  • What if my child has not tested positive for COVID, has not been identified as a close contact of someone who is COVID positive, and has no COVID symptoms?
    There is no need for you to do anything. We look forward to seeing your child at school tomorrow.

  • What if my child tested positive for COVID or was identified as a close contact of someone outside our home who is COVID positive ON OR BEFORE January 7, 2022?
    Please complete this form If you can respond yes to all of the questions, we look forward to seeing your child at school tomorrow.

  • What if my unvaccinated and asymptomatic child was identified as a close contact of someone outside of our home who is COVID positive AFTER January 7, 2022?
    Please participate in our Test to Stay Program, which has been reduced from 10 to 5 days and refer to this chart to determine your testing schedule.  If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s school for clarification on their specific testing schedule. Due to higher levels of transmission within households, please remember that in-home exposures are excluded from our Test to Stay Program.  

Test to Stay: Minimum Testing Cadences over 5 Day Quarantine

Day of First Test

Day of Second Test

Day of Third Test

0

2 or 3

5

1

3

5

2

4

5

3

5

N/A

4

5

N/A

5

N/A

N/A

  • What should I do if my child tests positive for COVID and he or she is asymptomatic?
    As long as symptoms are not present, isolation can end after 5 days.  A well-fitting mask should be worn at home and in public until day 10. Please be sure to contact the school nurse for further guidance if symptoms appear. If at any time symptoms develop, the process defined in question #5 should be followed. On the evening before day 6 you may take the survey in question #2 in order to return to school.  It will be posted on our website as well.  

  • What should I do if my child tests positive for COVID and he or she exhibits symptoms?
    He or she should isolate for at least 5 days (day 1 is defined as the first full day after symptoms develop and the student was either kept home by a parent or sent home from school with symptoms). Isolation can end after 5 full days if fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and other symptoms have improved. A well fitting mask should be worn through day 10.  On the evening before Day 6 you may take the survey in question #2 in order to return to school.  It will be posted on our website as well.

If you have additional questions, please contact your building nurse. We expect that additional updates will be coming from the NYSDOH in the coming days and we will share them with you promptly.  We are still waiting for direction on the future of contact tracing from the Westchester County Department of Health.

We remain committed both in-person learning and to keeping students and staff safe. Thank you for your patience and support as we continue to navigate a complicated situation. 

With kind regards,

 

Peter Giarrizzo

Superintendent of Schools