Update from Superintendent Michelle Caulfield, Friday, January 14th
Good Evening CPP Families,
I am writing today to share some updates from the NYSDOH that were released this past Monday, January 10th and again on Thursday, January 13th . Some of these changes will affect the daily routines we have utilized this past year. The Governor’s Office, the CDC and the NYSDOH are moving to a system that relies heavily on families self-reporting their positive cases and notifying their direct contacts. Over the past 21 months, our school community has worked together to adjust to the NYSDOH Health and Safety guideline changes while continuing to offer our students and staff a safe learning environment. This time is no different.
1) Mask Wearing and Social Distancing – Both masking and distancing continue to be required for schools.
2) Reporting Positive Cases Changes
- At Home Test Kits
- Families must report their at-home test positive results directly to the Steuben County Public Health Department by going to this form on the Steuben County website: https://hipaa.jotform.com/213616404172044
- We ask that you still notify the school of your positive test result.
- Testing at School or with a Physician
- The school district or the physician will report the positive case.
- The State will send a text message to the family with directions and next steps.
3) Direct Contact Notification Changes
o All individuals who are positive are now responsible to contact their direct contacts personally.
o Direct contacts can go to the Steuben County Public Health Department website to download their quarantine letter.
o We ask that you still notify the school of your direct contact.
4) Quarantine Guideline Changes for Students and Staff who have COVID and for Direct Contacts
- Quarantine Orders will be written for 5 days based on SYMPTOM ONSET.
- Students/staff can return to school after day 5 IF they have no FEVER and symptoms are improving.
5) Contact Tracing in and out of school will now be completed by the individual or the family who is positive.
6) Vaccination and Booster Requirement Changes
- Fully vaccinated students, teachers, and staff who are exposed to COVID and must quarantine because they did not receive a CDC recommended booster when eligible, can attend or work at school during the quarantine period where masking, distancing, etc. is monitored and enforced.
- However, attendance at extra-curricular, after-school, or community activities are not permitted.
The NYSDOH has published the latest updates at this link: New York States Approach to Isolation and Quarantine - https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/new-york-state-contact-tracing
UPDATE: We will hold a virtual Town Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 25 at 5:30pm to discuss the changes and the CPP plan to address the changes.
We will continue to follow our health and safety protocols. We ask for your continued partnership in keeping our kids in school by keeping your children home when they have symptoms and utilizing the at-home test kits and reporting the positive test results accurately and honestly.
Thank you for your partnership with us as we navigate these changes together.