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Click the QuickLinks below to access COVID-19-related and expanded in-person school updates: 

Thank you for your cooperation in keeping remote learning safe and private for our students and teachers by not taking screenshots or recording learning sessions conducted on Google Meet and Zoom.

Regarding Additional In-Person Learning:
K-4 students will attend 5 days per week starting on Monday, April 12.
5-12 students will attend 4 days per week (M, T, Th, F) starting on Monday, April 19.
Students who receive special education services for 4 or 5 days per week will continue attending 4 or 5 days per week according to their program.
Students that have chosen to stay in a Remote Instruction Model will remain in the Remote Instruction Model.

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Illness in School

NYSDOH came out with updated Covid-19 guidelines as of 10/01/2020:

When a student calls in sick with potential Covid like symptoms they need to be referred to Call their Doctor to Report Their Symptoms 1st, hopefully the doctor will see them in person or via telehealth. We need a note stating that the doctor has either:

1) Evaluated the student and determined that a Covid test is needed; a negative Covid test is also need to be obtained and submitted to school prior to return of the student.

OR

2) Evaluated the student and determined a Covid is not suspected and a test is not recommended and an Alternative Diagnosis is given (ex. Chronic conditions or laboratory confirmed illness- strep, flu).

If a student's doctor is not willing to see the students they can go to a testing site that will evaluate and test the students. Click here for a list of Covid test sites. 

MANAGEMENT OF ILL STUDENTS OF STAFF AT SCHOOL The North Syracuse Central School District will develop protocols for the management of ill students and staff, which will include the following:

Any student or staff who screens positive for COVID-19 symptoms, or who presents with a temperature of 100.0 degrees or greater, will not be allowed to enter the school if screened outside. Students who do not have an immediate method of transportation home will be brought to the school nurse for isolation and evaluation;

Any student or staff who demonstrates symptoms of illness while at school (e.g., temperature of 100.0 degrees or greater) will be required to go to the school health office for evaluation by a school nurse. The school nurse will determine whether the symptoms are related to chronic conditions such as asthma, allergies or chronic gastrointestinal conditions, rather than COVID-19. If the school nurse suspects that a student may have COVID-19:
  • The student will be isolated in a room or area separate from others with a supervising adult present utilizing appropriate PPE awaiting pick up by a parent/guardian. If a separate room is not available, a distance of at least a 6 feet will be maintained between ill students and other persons;
  • The student will be escorted from the isolation area to the parent/guardian; and
  • The parent/guardian will be instructed to call their health care provider, or if they do not have a health care provider, to follow up with a local clinic or urgent care center.

If the school nurse suspects that a staff member may have COVID-19, the staff member will be sent home with instructions to contact his/her health care provider.

If a student or staff member demonstrates emergency warning signs such as trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to arouse, bluish lips or face, 911 will be called immediately.

If a school nurse is not available to conduct an assessment, the building principal or designee will isolate and dismiss any student or staff member who has a fever or other symptoms of COVID-19 for follow up with a health care provider.

If a student or staff member is sent home after demonstrating symptoms of COVID-19, they may return to school as discussed in the Return to School After Illness section.

DEFINITION The North Syracuse Central School District follows Education Law § 906, which provides whenever “…a student in the public schools shows symptoms of any communicable or infectious disease reportable under the public health law that imposes a significant risk of infection of others in the school, he or she shall be excluded from the school and sent home immediately, in a safe and proper conveyance. The director of school health services shall immediately notify a local public health agency of any disease reportable under the public health law7.” 

Effective February 1, 2020, the 2019-Novel Coronavirus was added to the Public Health Law as a significant threat to the public health, and the NYS Commissioner of Health designated 2019-Novel Coronavirus as a communicable disease under 10 NYCRR Section 2.1 direction or referral of such director, may make such evaluations of teachers and any other school employees, school buildings and premises as, in their discretion, they may deem necessary to protect the health of the students and staff.

CONFIRMED CASED OF COVID-19 IN SCHOOLS The North Syracuse Central School District will implement the following action plan if a student or employee tests positive for COVID-19:

Employee Responsibilities
If an employee tests positive, they must:
  • Notify the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources immediately;
  • Notify NSEA, NSTAA or appropriate union leadership;
  • Provide NSCSD with information regarding their contacts at the Facility during the fourteen (14) days prior to the positive test; 
  • Provide NSCSD with a copy of any Order of Quarantine related to the diagnosis; and
  • Communicate regularly with the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources regarding their recovery.
Student/Parent Responsibilities
If a student tests positive, the student’s parent and/or guardian must notify the building nurse immediately.

North Syracuse Central School District Responsibilities
If the District is notified that an employee or student tests positive, the District will:
  • Communicate
    • Communicate with the local health authority about the confirmed case, potential closing of classrooms/areas, contact tracing, and return to work/school;
    • Determine, in consultation with the local health authority, who must be notified about close or proximate contact with the confirmed case; and
    • Communicate with the confirmed case about symptoms, progress, recovery, and discussions with the local health authority and other members of the community.
  • Contact Tracing
    • The Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources will identify students, employees and visitors who have likely had close contact with the confirmed case during the fourteen (14) days prior to the positive test; and
    • Communicate with the local health authority regarding its contact tracing and follow its guidance and recommendations.
  • Documentation
    • Document all communication with the student, employee and/or the local health authority; and
    • Determine whether the infection should be recorded pursuant to OSHA regulations.
  • Cleaning and Disinfection
    • Close any building or work area as appropriate if there has been a confirmed case for a minimum of twenty four (24) hours before cleaning begins; and
    • Perform cleaning and disinfection of all areas where the employee or student worked and any common areas where they would have been.
Click here to view the 8/14 supplement to testing and tracing document