(October 15, 2020)
As a follow up to our earlier communication What to Do if your Child is Sick (September 25, 2020), we wanted to provide you with some additional resources. Please review the attached information, in the form of helpful flowcharts, from the NYS Department of Health’s PreK-Gr. 12 COVID-19 Toolkit about when to keep your child home from school and when your child can return to school after experiencing an illness. We have also attached our Return To School After Illness Form, which we created to assist you in providing us with the documentation needed for your child to return to campus. The form and NYSDOH documents are also available on your school’s Health Office webpage and on our website’s Coronavirus Response resource page.
We ask for your cooperation and understanding in helping us keep everyone healthy and safe. Young people with COVID-19 typically have very mild symptoms or are asymptomatic, and their symptoms are often different than adults. It is important to understand that they may spread the disease to others even though their symptoms have resolved quickly and did not seem worrisome.
Any parents or guardians who have difficulty accessing the required medical release from their primary care provider or getting a COVID-19 test should contact your school principal.
In the event that you decide not to have your child evaluated by a health care provider or take a COVID-19 test, your child cannot return to school until the local health department has released them from isolation which is typically:
At least 10 days have passed since the day symptoms started; AND
Symptoms have resolved; AND
He or she is fever-free for at least 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications
Thank you for your assistance!
Stay Well, Stay Chatham United!
Sal DeAngelo, Superintendent