10/29/2020 Updated return to school requirements during COVID-19
This note is a resource to assist you in navigating the current, often confusing path back to school after an absence. These requirements come from the NYS Department of Health Guidelines and change as new information becomes available. We will continue to advise and update you accordingly.
As we know the symptoms of COVID-19 are the same symptoms of many childhood illnesses and conditions. Symptoms may include one or more of the following: fever (100.0 F or above) or chills, cough, loss of taste or smell, fatigue, sore throat, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, muscle or body aches, headache, and nasal congestion/runny nose.
If a student is absent or sent home from school with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and your doctor recommends a COVID test:
- They may return to school when they are feeling better, fever free for 24 hours, and have a doctor’s note that the test was negative or provide a copy of the negative test result.
- Please note the only in office Rapid COVID-19 test that does not require PCR laboratory confirmation, for a negative rapid result, is the Cepheid Xpert Xpress COVID-19 test.
If the student is absent or sent home from school with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 but your doctor diagnoses a known chronic condition (such as allergies) or a specific acute illness (such as influenza or strep), and COVID-19 is not suspected, a docotor's note documenting the diagnosis is all that is required to return to school. The student must also be feeling better and fever free for 24 hours.
- A diagnosis of a nonspecific acute illness such as "viral upper respiratory infection" or viral gastroenteritis" will not be acceptable.
If a student is out sick due to a non-COVID related symptom (such as tooth ache or injury) they will not be required to present a doctor’s note to return to school.
We encourage you to take this note with you to your doctor’s appointment and share it with your physician.
We appreciate your patience and understanding during this difficult time.
Somers Health Team