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.
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:
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:
If an employee tests positive, they must:
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:
|Click here to view the 8/14 supplement to testing and tracing document|