A message from the Superintendent

Superintendent’s Update #26

January 12, 2022

Dear Chappaqua Central School District Families and Staff,

I am writing to share an update to our isolation, quarantine and return to school protocols for COVID positive individuals and unvaccinated students and staff based on two different memoranda I received from the Westchester County Department of Health (WCDOH) yesterday evening. The first memo addressed the communication sent by the NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH) dated January 10, 2022 that I shared with you on Tuesday morning. You can read the WCDOH’s response to this document here. The second memo addressed isolation and return to school protocols for students and staff. You can read this memo here.

Based on Chappaqua Central School District’s review of these three documents with our Medical Director, starting today we will immediately follow the protocols outlined below and adjust our Continuity of Learning Plan accordingly.

COVID POSITIVE STUDENTS & STAFF
Isolation Period Reduced to 5 Days

(new WCDOH protocols found here)

ASYMPTOMATIC STUDENTS & STAFF:

  • Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 and never develop symptoms should isolate for at least 5 days. Day 0 is the day of the positive viral test (based on the date of testing) and day 1 is the first full day after the specimen was collected for the positive test.
  • If they continue to have no symptoms, they can end isolation after at least 5 days.
  • If they develop symptoms after testing positive, the 5-day isolation period should start over. Day 0 is the first day of symptoms.

SYMPTOMATIC STUDENTS & STAFF:

  • Students and staff who have COVID-19 and have or had symptoms should isolate for at least 5 days. To calculate the 5-day isolation period, day 0 is the first day of symptoms. Day 1 is the first full day after their symptoms developed.
  • They can end isolation after 5 full days if they are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and other symptoms have improved.
  • If they continue to have fever or other symptoms have not improved after 5 days of isolation, they should wait to end isolation until they are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever- reducing medication and their other symptoms have improved. They should continue to wear a well-fitting mask and contact their healthcare provider with questions.

Please note that students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 should continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public for 5 additional days (day 6 through day 10) after the end of their 5-day isolation period. If they are unable to wear a mask when around others, they should continue to isolate themselves for 10 days.

COVID POSITIVE STUDENTS & STAFF
Clearance to Return to School - CCSD New Procedures

CCSD COVID Positive Students will no longer need medical clearance to return to school.

Parents: Please complete this Student Attestation Form when your child is ready to return to school based on the above criteria. Once your form is reviewed by your school nurse and building principal, you will be notified of your child’s clearance status in writing. You may not send your child to school until you are notified you are able to do so by building personnel. Please understand, we will need ample time to complete this process today due to this significant shift in practice. Unless your child has already been cleared to return to school, they must access remote instruction today.

CCSD COVID Positive Staff will no longer need medical clearance to return to work.

Staff: Please fill out this Staff Attestation Form when you are ready to return to work based on the above criteria. You will be notified by your immediate supervisor when you are approved to return to work.

UNVACCINATED STUDENTS & STAFF
Who Are Exposed to a COVID-19 Positive Person

Quarantine Reduced to Five Days

(NYSDOH protocol can be found here, WCDOH agreement can be found here)

NYSDOH 1/10/22 Memo - Section C: Students, teachers, and staff who are not vaccinated or have not completed a primary vaccine series who came into close contact with someone with COVID-19 should quarantine for at least 5 days (day 0 through day 5) after their last close contact. These individuals could be eligible for the Test to Stay program that would allow them to stay in the school setting during the quarantine period. Outside the school setting, quarantine recommendations would apply.

Students who are currently quarantined who are not participating in Test to Stay must access remote instruction today (1/12/22). We will review your status in the morning and communicate with you by close of business on Wednesday afternoon when you may return to school without restrictions.

Please note, unvaccinated students or staff who live in the same household with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, still must have medical clearance to return to school or a written release from quarantine provided by the Department of Health.

I anticipate our new procedures will take a few days to operate smoothly, so I thank you in advance for your patience and understanding. I will share any new or additional information at the Board of Education meeting this evening at 7:30pm.

Sincerely,

Christine Ackerman, PhD
Superintendent of Schools