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Update on COVID-19 Protocols, Testing and Supports (1/3/2022)

Dear PCSD Families,

We are pleased that we are able to keep schools open. We are seeing an increase in staff that have to quarantine and some schools/departments are impacted more than others.

What I saw today was a reflection of our staff’s dedication as they covered their sick colleagues classes, members of the Central Office Team substitute taught in classes and assisted with transportation, the Transportation Department combined or delayed routes, and parents helped with driving when needed. It is this collective effort that we will need to sustain over the next one-two weeks in order to keep our students in school.

Again, it is my hope that this is the beginning of the end of this virus and we will soon see positive numbers drop at the rate they have risen. 

Over the past few days, we have received various memos from The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and would like to clarify a couple of recent changes:

1) “Test to Stay” Protocol – changes

The “Test to Stay” protocol has changed and schools are now only permitted to use this process for exposures that happened while students were in school. A student must meet all of these requirements in order to qualify for “Test to Stay”:

  • Be unvaccinated
  • Have been exposed to COVID-19 in school
  • Be placed under quarantine by the Monroe County Department of Public Health

If you believe your child qualifies for “Test to Stay” please contact your child’s school nurse office before bringing them in for testing.

2) Quarantine Duration – changes

As of today, Monday, January 3, 2022, students who have tested positive are under a ten (10) day quarantine. Please note that a five (5) day quarantine is only in effect for essential workers. This does not include students.

 

PCSD Testing Clinics

We will have a testing clinic every day through Thursday, January 6, 2022, from 4:30-6:30 pm. Next week the clinic will be available Monday, January 10, 2022, through Thursday, January 13, 2022 from 4:30-6:30 pm. at the Barker Road Middle School (75 Barker Road). Please enter through Door 3.

COVID-19 Test Kit Distribution – Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Another distribution of rapid antigen COVID-19 test kits to students is planned for Tuesday, January 4, 2022. These kits are intended for families to screen their school-aged children at home for possible COVID-19 infection in an effort to limit further spread of the virus.

We will distribute these test kits in the same manner we distributed test kits just prior to break. We will use the previous survey results. In the event you did not elect for a test kit, and would like one, please email your building principal as soon as possible. In the event you elected to pick up the test kit, principals will be sending specific directions for pick up procedures.

What if my child tests positive?

If your child tests positive for COVID-19 at a clinic or with an at-home test, please do the following:

  • Begin isolating your child immediately
  • If your child tested positive at home, please take a picture of the positive result and upload it to the Monroe County Department of Health within 24 hours. The online form can be found at https://healthcalls.monroecounty.gov/hometest
  • Contact your child’s physician for follow-up
  • In order to return to school, your child will need to be released by the Monroe County Department of Public Health
  • Another test is NOT required

Any student showing symptoms of COVID-19 must be kept home from school. I am asking for your diligence with this.

Mental Health Supports

If your child is in need of mental health or other supports as they return to school, please call your child’s school counselor. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your building principal or to me directly.

Thank you for your continued support.

Be well,

Michael Pero
Superintendent of Schools