(February 12, 2021)
Dear Chatham Families,
I am pleased to tell you that many of our school staff are currently being vaccinated as part of the state’s COVID-19 vaccination 1b phase. We are hopeful that a recent state and CDC change will help reduce the need for staff quarantines within our buildings over the next several months, particularly as the test positivity rate continues to decline in our county and region.
New York State has aligned with updated CDC guidance eliminating quarantine requirements for those fully vaccinated against COVID-19 who are exposed to someone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19.
Please note that individuals must meet the following criteria to avoid quarantine:
- Are fully vaccinated (two weeks after their final dose)
- Are within a period of three months after receiving their final dose
- Have remained asymptomatic since the COVID-19 exposure
Individuals who fail to meet all three criteria must continue to follow current quarantine guidance after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
Vaccinated individuals are required to continue to follow the state travel advisory according to the updated CDC guidance.
All school staff (including those who are fully vaccinated) and students should continue to follow our COVID-19 safety protocols, including wearing a mask, social distancing, avoiding crowds, covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands often, and staying home if they are sick.
Superintendent of Schools