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What To Do If You "Screen Red"

If you “screen red” on the daily COVID-19 health screening, DO NOT COME TO WORK. “Call in sick” using normal protocols and follow the “next steps” outlined below.

You may work remotely if you are well enough and your position allows you to do so. If you cannot work remotely, please complete the Employee Request for Leave Form.

Please submit all required documentation to Tami Tabone in Human Resources (ttabone@icsd.k12.ny.us).

General Guidelines for Non-Instructional Staff
> Immediately contact your supervisor.
General Guidelines for Instructional Staff
> Put absence and reason in Aesop and whether you need a substitute.
> If you are a(n):
In-person teacher: If you are well enough to teach virtually, do so. If you are not well enough to teach virtually, and it is a synchronous day, provide lesson plans and Google Meet links for a substitute.
Virtual teacher: If it is a synchronous day, provide lesson plans and Google Meet links for a substitute.
In-person ESP: If you are well enough to work virtually, do so. If you are not well enough to work virtually, and it is a synchronous day, provide any pertinent lesson plans and Google Meet links for a substitute.
Virtual ESP: If it is a synchronous day, provide any pertinent lesson plans and Google Meet links for a substitute.
Classroom Collaboration Substitute (CCS): Call your building, and stay home. 
 

Next Steps, When to Return, and Benefit/Leave Information

 
IF YOU “SCREEN RED” DUE TO SYMPTOMS
Next Steps
Schedule a telemedicine visit with a Cayuga Health provider or contact your own healthcare provider on the day you screen red.

Note: If you get tested, please do so in Tompkins County if possible, as turn-around times are much faster than in other counties at this time.
When to Return
If you have symptoms and do not get tested, you may return to work 10 days after the onset of symptoms if fever-free (without fever-reducing medication) and with the improvement of symptoms for 3 days (72 hours).

If you have symptoms and test negative*, you may return to work with symptom improvement, including being fever free for 24 hours (without fever-reducing medication), AND with a note from a healthcare provider indicating the test was negative OR with a copy of the negative test result.

*A molecular/diagnostic test (i.e., PCR) is required
Benefit/Leave Information
You will not have to utilize your own benefit time while you await clearance from a healthcare provider or while you await test results.

Required Documentation
  • Upon Return: Submit a note from a healthcare provider indicating the test was negative or a copy of your negative test result to Tami Tabone in HR (ttabone@icsd.k12.ny.us).
IF YOU “SCREEN RED” DUE TO TRAVEL
Next Steps
Ensure you have completed a Traveler Health Form upon entering New York State from a restricted state. You must quarantine for the full mandatory period OR test out of quarantine early by following the steps below.
When to Return
If you have traveled out of New York State for more than 24 hours, you may exit quarantine early and return to work after:
  • obtaining a negative COVID-19 test* within 3 days of departure to New York State;
  • quarantining for 3 days upon arrival in New York State; AND
  • obtaining another negative COVID-19 test* on day 4 of quarantine.**
If you have traveled out of New York State for less than 24 hours, you do not need to get tested prior to departure to New York State or quarantine upon arrival, but you must get tested on day 4 of arrival.

Note: Travelers to/from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont are exempt from the NYS travel advisory.

*A molecular/diagnostic test (i.e., PCR) is required
**Both tests must be negative to exit quarantine early
Benefit/Leave Information
As of January 1, 2021, the NYS paid COVID sick leave will not apply where a quarantine order results from non-work domestic travel or most non-work international travel. 
IF YOU “SCREEN RED” DUE TO CONTACT/EXPOSURE
Next Steps
You must quarantine as per orders from your local health department or healthcare provider.
When to Return
If you have had a known COVID-19 exposure and been placed under quarantine restrictions, you may return to work upon release from quarantine by the local health department.

If a member of your household has COVID-19 related symptoms, you may return to work if you remain symptom-free and the individual with symptoms tests negative for COVID-19*.

*A molecular/diagnostic test (i.e., PCR) is required
Benefit/Leave Information
You will not have to utilize your own benefit time while you are in quarantine, as per orders from your local health department or healthcare provider, for the first 10 workdays.

Required Documentation
  • Initially: Submit documentation of your quarantine/isolation order from a local department of health or a note from your healthcare provider.
  • Upon Return: Submit documentation of clearance by the local health department or your healthcare provider.
IF YOU “SCREEN RED” DUE TO TESTING POSITIVE
Next Steps
You must isolate as per orders from your local health department or healthcare provider.
When to Return
If you have tested positive for COVID-19*, you may return to work upon release from isolation by your local health department.

*A molecular/diagnostic test (i.e., PCR) is required
Benefit/Leave Information
You will not have to utilize your own benefit time while you are in isolation, as per orders from your local health department or healthcare provider, for the first 10 workdays.

Required Documentation
  • Initially: Submit documentation of your isolation order from a local department of health or a note from your healthcare provider.
  • Upon Return: Submit documentation of clearance by the local health department or your healthcare provider.
 
IF YOU “SCREEN RED” AND BELIEVE IT IS AN ERROR…

It may be because:

  • You indicated that you have had symptoms, but you have actually received a negative COVID-19 test
    --> Notify your supervisor, and they can reset this. You should return to work that day.
     
  • You indicated that you have been in close contact with someone who has had symptoms, but they have actually received a negative COVID-19 test
    --> Notify your supervisor, and they can reset this. You should return to work that day.