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COVID Testing Information

If Students or Staff become Ill with Symptoms of COVID-19 at School 

Montauk School will observe the following as prescribed by NYSED, CDC, and DOH

“Schools should follow 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 law 7. The director of school health services, or other health professionals acting upon 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. 

School staff must immediately report any illness of students or staff to the school nurse or other designated school staff. Such reports should be made in compliance with FERPA, and Education Law 2-d. If nurses choose to go to classrooms to make assessments of students, this also should be done in a manner that protects the student’s confidentiality. If there are several students waiting to see the school nurse, arrangements should be made to have students wait at least 6 feet apart. Ideally schools should have two rooms for school health personnel - one room for healthy students who have injuries or need their medications or nursing treatments, and another room for assessing and caring for ill students and staff. Both rooms require a supervising adult to be present and should have easy access to a bathroom and sink with hand hygiene supplies. School nurses and other school health professionals assessing or providing care to ill students and staff should follow Transmission- based precautions which includes the use of appropriate PPE (see section on PPE). 

Students suspected of having COVID-19 awaiting transport home by the parent/guardian must be isolated in a room or area separate from others, with a supervising adult present utilizing appropriate PPE. Multiple students suspected of COVID-19 may be in this isolation room if they can be separated by at least 6 feet 

The CDC and NYSDOH recommend: 

Closing off areas used by a sick person and not using these areas until after cleaning and disinfection has occurred; 
Opening outside doors and windows to increase air circulation in the area. 
Waiting at least 24 hours before cleaning and disinfection. If waiting 24 hours is not feasible, wait as long as possible; 
Clean and disinfect all areas used by the person suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19, such as offices, classrooms, bathrooms, lockers, and common areas. 

Once the area has been appropriately cleaned and disinfected it can be reopened for use.   Individuals without close or proximate contact with the person suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 can return to the area and resume school activities immediately after cleaning and disinfection. 

If more than seven days have passed since the person who is suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 visited or used the facility, additional cleaning and disinfection is not necessary, but routine cleaning and disinfection should continue. 

If a separate room is not available, keep at least a 6-foot distance between ill students and other persons. If they cannot be isolated in a separate room from others, it is recommended that a facemask (e.g., cloth or surgical mask) be provided to the student if the ill person can tolerate wearing it and does not have difficulty breathing, to prevent the possible transmission of the virus to others while waiting for transportation home. It is recommended that: 

Students should be escorted from isolation area to the parent/guardian; 

the parent or guardian be instructed to call their health care provider, or if they do not have a health care provider, to follow up with a local clinic or urgent care center. The student will not be allowed to return unless he/she has a written note from his/her Primary Care Physician stating that the student was examined, tested (if suspected of Covid-19), and is not contagious with any infectious disease. The School Nurse and/or the primary care physician will direct the family to the nearest Covid-19 testing site. The DOH will direct the school district for further actions (closing, temporarily closing certain areas of the school, reopening).  We will likely be directed to dismiss students in that particular class and teacher for 2-5 days. This initial short-term dismissal allows time for the local health officials to gain a better understanding of the COVID-19 situation impacting the school and for custodial staff to clean and disinfect the affected facilities. The district will work with the local health officials to determine appropriate next steps, including whether an extended dismissal duration is needed to stop or slow further spread of COVID-19.