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FAQ about masking in schools and other COVID procedures

March 2, 2022

The New York State Department of Health issued detailed information after announcing that masks are optional in schools. We have compiled this information into an FAQ below.

The only major change is that masks will be optional. The majority of the other COVID-19 procedures in school are remaining in place.

FAQ

Are masks required in school or on school transportation?

No. The state requirement for universal masking ended on March 2, 2022 and encompasses all district activities, including: in-person instruction, transportation, and all extra-curricular activities. 

Students, staff, faculty, and visitors maintain the ability to continue wearing a mask if they desire and the district will support their decision.

Is there a time when masking is required?

The NYSDOH requires that students, staff, and faculty wear masks upon returning to school after a positive COVID diagnosis (days 6-10 of their isolation period). Individuals who are required to wear masks in school, must also wear a mask on school transportation or when participating in any extra-curricular activities.

Will my child be required to be tested?

Symptomatic individuals, regardless of vaccination status, are required to be tested. 

What if I do not want my symptomatic child to be tested?

Symptomatic individuals who are not tested must stay home for 5 days or until other criteria are met for school attendance. Upon returning to school, untested symptomatic students must wear a mask for days 6-10 of the isolation period.

I [or my student] have been exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual. What should we do?

Contact tracing and case investigations are following the state's newest guidelines. Please read the NYS Contact Tracing & Case Investigation FAQs for further instruction.

My family used an "at home" test kit and my student tested positive. What should we do?

  • Please contact the health office and inform them of the positive test result.
  • The student must be excluded from school and the positive test(s) must be self-reported by clicking the following link: COVID Self-Test Report
  • Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate for a minimum of five (5) days, regardless of vaccination status. If symptoms are resolving after five (5) days, the student is allowed to attend school, but will be required to wear a mask for days 6-10 of the isolation period. If symptoms persist, further isolation will be required.

I am experiencing COVID-like symptoms. How should I proceed?

Students who are experiencing COVID-like symptoms, regardless of their vaccination status, must be excluded from attending school.

Students may return to school under one of the following conditions:

  • The student receives an alternate medical diagnosis from their primary care physician, or
  • The student receives a lab confirmed negative rapid or PCR test; or 
  • The student receives two negative “at home” rapid tests within 36 hours available at the health office and the high school attendance office.
    • The student would be out of school for three days if you choose to take two negative "at home" tests.
  • The student stays home for five days and does not get tested and then wears a mask days 6-10.

Any questions regarding this information can be forwarded to Superintendent Silvernell or the health office.