REVISED: Isolation, Quarantine and Vaccination Clinic Update

January 11, 2022

 Dear Gowanda Families and Staff,

 I am writing to inform you of additional changes regarding the isolation and quarantine period for covid positive and covid exposure (close contact) per CDC, NYSDOH and local DOHs for ALL individuals both students and staff effective January 7, and moving forward until further notice.   New guidance was released by the NYSDOH on January 10, and I expect more changes in the coming days.

 

Masking and Distancing: Both masking (surgical mask or equivalent) and distancing continue to be required in school settings for all individuals.

 

Symptoms of Covid-19?: All Students & Staff:

 

What to do next?

  • Contact school nurse;
  • Get tested for covid-19; and,
  • Contact your healthcare provider.

When to return to school?

  • After 5 days at home OR negative test or doctor’s note,
  • AND no fever, 
  • AND no symptoms or symptoms are improving.

What documentation is required?

  • Negative test or doctor’s note to return with less than 5 days at home

*If sick, please stay home until well

 

A Positive Test for Covid-19?: All Students & Staff:

 

What to do next?

  • Call your local health department to report positive test:
    • Cattaraugus County Residents call 716-373-8050
    • Erie County Residents call 716-858-2929 or click HERE to report
      • Employees notify direct supervisor and then school nurse
      • Parents contact school nurse; 
  • Must isolate for 5 days (regardless of vaccination status).

 

When to return to school?

  • If symptoms are resolving, then the individual may return to school on day 6, with no fever, AND no symptoms or symptoms are improving
  • Day ‘“0” is the first day of symptom onset. If asymptomatic, day “0” is the day of the positive test;
  • When returning to school, a well-fitting mask (surgical or equivalent) must be worn and appropriate social distance maintained.

What documentation is required?

  • For Erie County Residents: Affirmation of Isolation
  • For Catt County Residents: DOH will provide official documentation with laboratory test.

 

What if one was exposed to someone with Covid-19? (quarantine & close contact)

 

If fully vaccinated**: All students & Staff:

 

**Fully vaccinated is defined as two weeks after the receipt of either two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one dose of Johnson and Johnson vaccine or full course of any other recognized vaccine (NYSDOH, COVID Quarantine and Isolation in the schools setting, January 10, 2022) or confirmed positive with last 90 days.

 

What should I do next?

  • Get covid-19 tested after 5 days, if possible, and 
  • watch for symptoms.

When to return to school?

  • No need to stay home – remain at school unless symptoms develop, with following limitations:

 

In-classroom activities: All fully vaccinated* individuals (students, teachers, and staff), who have been exposed to an individual with COVID-19 may continue to attend or work at school, regardless of booster status, while quarantined outside of school. Continued attendance applies only to participation in classroom activities and taking the bus to and from school. 

 

Extracurricular or after school activities: Individuals 12 years and older who are eligible for a booster but not boosted, and who have been exposed to an individual with COVID-19, cannot participate in extracurricular or after school activities and, aside from school attendance for instruction and bus travel, must adhere to a 5-day quarantine at home. Fully vaccinated 5-11-year-old children are not eligible for a booster and have no further restrictions.

 

What documents are required?

  • Vaccination record or previous test result (employees submit vaccination records or laboratory PCR test to business office; students submit to appropriate school nurse)

 

If not vaccinated or have not completed primary vaccine series**: All students & Staff:

 

What should I do next?

  • Employees notify the direct supervisor and then school nurse.
  • Parents contact the school nurse. 
  • Must quarantine for 5 days after last close contact;
  • Get tested after 5 days,if possible; and 
  • watch for symptoms.

When to return to school?

  • After 5 days quarantine (return to school day 6), AND
  • no symptoms develop or positive test.

What documentation is required?

  • For Catt County Residents: DOH will provide official documentation with laboratory test.

 

Test To Stay (TTS):  Cattaraugus County DOH is not supporting TTS at this time.  This will not be available to the middle or high school; Erie County DOH is supporting TTS by issuing guidance and expectations for schools last week.  When the District can meet the EC DOH expectations, TTS will be available for students and staff at the elementary school. TTS is based on the geographical location of each building, or in the local county DOH jurisdiction, not the residence of the individuals.

 

Cattaraugus County Vaccination Clinic @ GES on January 13 Update:

 

With FDA and CDC approval, Pfizer booster clinics are now open for those 12 years old and up. The Catt Co DOH  links have been updated where anyone 12-15 can now register for their booster. Catt Co Vax Clinic at GES  Click here 

 

How can I find vaccination information in Erie County? Click here

How can I find vaccination information in Cattaraugus County? Click here

 

As always, this is a fluid situation where new, updated information is received on a seemingly regular basis. New or revised Information will be shared accordingly.

 

Please contact your school nurse for any of the above scenarios.  Thank you for your continued patience and support.

 

Sincerely,

Robert B. Anderson, Ed.D. 

Superintendent of Schools

Read the letter in full here.

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