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Frequently Asked Questions

Spring 2021 Questions

Frequently asked questions have been broken into sections according to topics. Click directly on any of the linked questions below to go directly to the answer provided.

Travel Requirements
Q. What are the travel requirements for domestic travel
Q. What are the travel requirements for international travel

Student Testing
Q. What is the status of NYS Regents testing
Q. What is the status of NYS 3-8 testing?
Q. If my child is a remote learner, can they still take the state exams?

End of Year Celebrations/Events
Q. Will there be an in-person commencement ceremony for the Class of 2021?
Q. Will there be a junior prom and a senior ball?
Q. Will there be music concerts this spring

Athletics
Q. Will spectators be allowed for spring sports starting in April?

Vaccinated Individuals/Quarantine/COVID-19 Diagnosis
Q. If I or my child are fully vaccinated (i.e., 14 days has passed since my second or final vaccine) do we need to quarantine if exposed? 
Q. If I or my child was previously diagnosed with lab-confirmed COVID-19, and have since recovered, is it necessary to quarantine?
Q. What if I or my child are exposed to an individual who is positive and we are not fully vaccinated or have not recovered from COVID-19 in the previous 90 days?



Q. What are the travel requirements for domestic travel? 

A. All travelers should complete the NYS Travel Health Form located here. Travelers returning on or after April 1 will not need to quarantine. Regardless of quarantine status, all individuals returning from travel must:

  • Continue daily symptom monitoring through Day 14;
  • Continue strict adherence to all recommended non-pharmaceutical interventions, including hand hygiene and the use of face coverings, through Day 14 (even if fully vaccinated);
  • Immediately self-isolate if any symptoms develop and contact the local public health authority or their healthcare provider to report this change in clinical status and determine if they should seek testing.
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Q. What are the travel requirements for international travel? 

A. Current CDC guidance requires air passengers traveling to the U.S. from another country show either documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 within in the previous 3 months or a negative test result from no more than 3 days prior to day of travel to the airline before boarding the flight. After arrival in the U.S., travelers must either quarantine for 7 days with a test 3-5 days after travel, or quarantine for the full 10 days without a test. This requirement applies to all international travelers whether they were tested before boarding, are recovered from a previous COVID infection, or are fully vaccinated.


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Q. What is the status of NYS Regents testing?

A. NYSED had pursued a waiver for Regents testing but it was denied. Click here for the Associate Superintendent's 4-30-21 letter regarding Regents testing




Q. What is the status of NYS Grade 3-8 testing?

A. NSCSD schools are preparing for the administration of the Grades 3-8 New York State ELA and Math assessments and Grades 4 and 8 Science assessments. Acknowledging the challenges associated with COVID-19, the New York State Education Department has shortened this year’s examinations. Students will only be administered Session 1 of the ELA and Math assessments and only the written portion of the Grades 4 and 8 Science assessments.  The testing schedule was sent to the families of all grade 3-8 students on Wednesday, April 7. Click here to view the April 7 letter and schedule. 


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Q. If my child is a remote learner, can they still take the state exams?

A. Remote learners can take the exam. Parents who want their child to take the exam should contact their building principal to schedule a time to take the state or Regents exams. Building Principals will be sending letters to families with additional information. 




Q. Will there be an in-person commencement ceremony for the Class of 2021?

A. Cicero-North Syracuse High School administration is exploring several options for commencement as we await guidance from the state and county on social gatherings and distancing. NSCSD will update parents when more information becomes available.  


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Q. Will there be a junior prom and a senior ball?

A. Cicero-North Syracuse High School administration is working with class advisors to determine options with regards to holding a dance.  It may look different, but we are planning on holding something. Tentative dates of May 14 for the junior prom and June 11 for the senior ball have been set aside and communicated with families. Once plans are finalized, the details will be shared with students and families. 


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Q. Will there be music concerts this spring?

A. The NSCSD is waiting for further guidance from NYSED.  At this time, concerts remain on the schedule, but because gatherings of more than 100 people are prohibited there will not be concerts until this limitation is lifted.

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Q. Will spectators be allowed for spring sports starting in April?

A. At this time students participating in spring sports will be allowed to invite 2 spectators per athlete.
Click here to view the Winter 2021 
"Return to Interscholastic Athletics" document.


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Q. If I or my child are fully vaccinated (i.e., 14 days has passed since my second or final vaccine) do we need to quarantine if exposed? 

A. Asymptomatic individuals who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need to quarantine after exposure to COVID-19. Fully-vaccinated individuals exposed to COVID-19 experiencing related symptoms must isolate themselves, be clinically evaluated, and tested for COVID-19 if indicated.

Q. If I or my child was previously diagnosed with lab-confirmed COVID-19, and have since recovered, is it necessary to quarantine?? 

A. Individuals who have previously tested positive do not need to retest and quarantine provided the new exposure is within 90 days after the date of the symptom onset from the initial COVID-19 infection or date of first positive diagnostic test if asymptomatic during illness. Individuals are encouraged to consult with their healthcare provider if they have any questions about their individual situation, such as immunocompromising conditions or other concerns. 

Q. What if I or my child are exposed to an individual who is positive and we are not fully vaccinated or have not recovered from COVID-19 in the previous 90 days?


A. Individuals who are exposed to someone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 who are not fully vaccinated or have not recovered from COVID-19 in the last 3 months, are required to quarantine 10 days after exposure. 

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FAQ #1 Week of August 3, 2020
PARENT INFORMATION SESSIONS
 
LEARNING MODELS Click here for additional details about hybrid and remote instruction
TESTING AND TRACING Click here to view the 8/14 supplement to testing and tracing document
TEACHER INFORMATION MEETING Click here to view the recording of the 8/20 teacher meeting on the NSCSD staff website