Niskayuna School Health office Protocols for Student/Staff with COVID-19 Symptoms

Student Health Screening:

Prior to arrival each day, all parents/families will be required to complete a standardized, digital health screening tool provided by the district. This requires parents to check their child’s temperature each morning. If the student’s temperature is 100.0 F or greater, or if they are exhibiting other symptoms of COVID-19, they will not be able to come to school. The screening tool also includes questions designed to assess for risk of exposure to COVID-19. Students that were not screened at home will need to have their temperature checked upon arrival at school by the nurse or designee.

For Students/Staff with COVID-19 diagnosis with lab test:

Positive test result: Stay home for at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared AND until no fever for at least 72 hours without medication AND improvement of other symptoms AND release from isolation. Siblings and household members should also quarantine for 14 days.

If students or staff become ill with symptoms of COVID-19 at school:

Call the school nurse if student(s) are reporting symptoms of COVID-19. The student will be evaluated by the nurse and sent to the isolation area if deemed necessary. Students/Staff with a temperature of 100.0 F or greater, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, headache, fatigue, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, congestion or runny nose, body aches or a positive response to a screening question will be placed in the isolation room and parent will be called to pick up student. Students/Staff will be kept 6 feet apart from one another. Students will be escorted from isolation area to their parent/guardian. Students/Staff will be referred to their health care provider.

When a Family Member is Being Tested for COVID-19

In the event that the family member of a student or staff member is being tested for COVID-19 due to the presence of symptoms, the student or staff members should stay home until the results of the test  are available. If the test results are negative, they may return to school. If positive, they should quarantine consistent  with the direction of the local health department.

Return to school after displaying symptoms:

The district has established protocols and procedures, in consultation with the local health department(s), about the requirements for determining when individuals, particularly students, who screened positive for COVID-19 symptoms. For these individuals, please note the following requirements apply to the return to school:

  1. Documentation from a health care provider following evaluation
  2. Negative COVID-19 diagnostic test result
  3. Symptom resolution for a 24-hour period (if COVID-19 negative) or, if COVID-19 positive, release from isolation.

In the event of a positive COVID-19 case, see “For Students/Staff with COVID-19 diagnosis with lab test” above.

Please note that this requirement is subject to change and the district will continue to monitor the latest guidance in this and all other areas.

The district will refer to DOH “Interim Guidance for Public and Private Employees Returning to work following COVID-19 Infection or Exposure” regarding protocols and policies for faculty and staff seeking to return to work after a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19, or after the faculty or staff member had close or proximate contact with a person with COVID-19.

The district requires that individuals who were exposed to the COVID-19 virus complete quarantine and have not developed symptoms before returning to in-person learning. The discharge of an individual from quarantine and return to school will be conducted in coordination with the local health department.

Health Hygiene:

  1. Stay home if you feel sick.
  2. Cover your mouth and nose with a mask or face covering
  3. Adhere to social distancing instructions. Remain 6 feet apart.
  4. Report symptoms of, or exposure to COVID-19
  5. Follow hand hygiene guidelines
  6. Follow respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette

Hand washing should occur:

  • Before and after eating snacks and lunch
  • After going to the restroom, or after a staff member assists a student with toileting.
  • After using a tissue
  • Before and after using shared materials
  • Before and after putting on or taking off face masks.
  • After coming in from the outdoors/recess
  • Anytime hands are visibly soiled

Respiratory Hygiene:

COVID-19 spreads from person to person in droplets produced by coughs and sneezes. It is important for staff and students to carry out the following respiratory hygiene practices.

  • Cover a cough or sneeze using a tissue.
  • If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into their elbow.
  • Wash hands after sneezing or coughing.
  • Face coverings are protective. Wear a face mask to keep respiratory droplets and aerosols from being widely dispersed into the air.

These protocols are subject to change per CDC/DOH guidelines, thank you for your cooperation. We are here to answer your questions, or assist you in any way we can.

Niskayuna School Nurses