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Updated quarantine information and information from Albany County DOH regarding symptomatic household members

Jan. 8, 2021

Dear Heatly families,

Due to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases, please review the update from the Albany County DOH below:

In conjunction with COVID-19 positivity rates experienced locally, effective immediately, the Albany County Department of Health advises K-12 school districts to exclude siblings of symptomatic students from attending in-person classes pending COVID-19 test results of the symptomatic student. This does not mean that the whole family who may be asymptomatic needs to have a COVID test to return.

If you are contacted to pick up your symptomatic student from school, you will also be advised to pick up all other siblings attending in-person instruction that day.

This also means if you are keeping a symptomatic student home, all individuals in the household (including staff members) must remain home until the symptomatic student receives their negative test results (lab based/PCR test), or, if no testing is done, quarantining for the entire 10 day period while remaining symptom-free.

Please note, our daily attestation has been updated accordingly and you should answer yes if any students in your household are symptomatic.

Additionally, please note that Governor Cuomo has changed the quarantine period in accordance with the latest guidance from the CDC. Under the new guidelines, individuals exposed to COVID-19 can end their quarantine after 10 days without a testing requirement as long as no symptoms have been reported during the quarantine period. After day 10 is reached, individuals must continue monitoring for symptoms through day 14 and if any develop, they should immediately self-isolate and contact the local health department or their healthcare provider to report this change and determine if they should seek testing.

Please reach out to Nurse Valentine or me if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Kimberly Ross
Superintendent of Schools