2023-2024 Health & Safety & COVID-19 Information

COVID-19, Influenza & RSV Guidance

On March 7, 2024, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) adopted updated guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) related to COVID-19, Influenza, and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). The District will follow the NYSDOH guidance as summarized below:

  • Individuals should stay home and away from others, including people they live with who are not sick, if they have respiratory virus symptoms that are not better explained by another cause. These symptoms can include fever, chills, fatigue, cough, runny nose, and headache.
  • Individuals can go back to normal activities when, for at least 24 hours, both of the following are true:
    • Symptoms are getting better overall, and
    • They no longer have a fever without the use of fever-reducing medication.
  • When going back to normal activities, individuals are encouraged take added precautions over the next 5 days, including taking additional steps for cleaner air, hygiene, masks, physical distancing, and testing when they will be around other people, especially older adults, young children, and those with weakened immune systems. Keep in mind that people may still be able to spread the virus that made them sick, even if they are feeling better, so it is important to take extra precautions after resuming normal activities.
  • If individuals develop a fever or start to feel worse, they should stay home and away from others again. They should use the same criteria for returning to normal activities as when they first had symptoms and take added precautions over the next 5 days.
  • For student athletes: If it is within 30 days of a sports season or during a sports season, students will require a medical clearance from a healthcare provider. The note needs to state: "Student is medically cleared, post-COVID, to return to sports without restrictions."

COVID-19 test kits are available in the main office of each school upon request.