Changes made to health office protocols for 2020-2021 school year

September 11, 2020


Dear Parent/Guardian,


We are writing to inform you of some changes to the Health Office protocols which will be in place for the start of the 2020-2021 school year and will remain in place for the duration of the pandemic unless new information is received.


If your child presents to the health office with one or more of the following symptoms of COVID-19, as per New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) requirements, your child will be isolated from other students/staff and you will be contacted immediately so that your child can be picked up as soon as possible. These symptoms are:


  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhea
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever (Temperature of 100.0 or higher) or chills


In light of the above, the district is requiring that each family have at least one local contact person who will be able to pick your child up in the event that you are unable to do so within 45 minutes. You can update your contact information through the parent portal or contact the school directly to update this information.


As of now, if your child is sent home with one of these symptoms, NYSDOH mandates that in order for your child to return to school, you must:

  • Present a clearance note from your child’s healthcare provider AND
  • Present proof of a negative COVID-19 test AND
  • Student must be completely symptom free for 72 hours without the use of medication


If your child tests positive for COVID-19, please contact Mrs. Lysack at Golden Hill (Extension 20030) or Mrs. Smyth at Seward (Extension 30102). A positive test for COVID-19 will require at least a 10-day isolation, 72 hours fever free without using fever reducing medications and an improvement of your child’s symptoms. Your child’s healthcare provider, in consultation with the Orange County Department of Health, will determine your child’s release date and will provide you with the mandatory note permitting your child to return to school. We expect to receive additional guidance from the New York State Department of Health shortly and will keep you updated with any changes to these requirements.


Please also be aware that all immunizations must be up to date – even if you have chosen remote learning for your child. If your child requires immunizations for this school year, you will be contacted directly by either Mrs. Lysack or Mrs. Smyth.


Please reach out to Mrs. Lysack or Mrs. Smyth with any questions.



Jan Jehring

Superintendent of Schools