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COVID-19 Guidance Update

UPDATED JANUARY 14 - All changes/additions highlighted in yellow

The following guidance is based on recent updates to the Tompkins County Health Department’s COVID-19 quarantine/isolation requirements (1/5/22) and the NYSDOH COVID quarantine and isolation guidance for school settings (1/10/22). All changes are effective immediately and subject to change.

WHAT HAS CHANGED?
If you test positive for COVID-19…(SELF-ISOLATE)
Everyone, regardless of vaccination status:
  • Complete the TCHD form for a positive antigen test (submit TCHD confirmation to school).
  • Stay home for 5 days (day 0 is when symptoms start, or when you test positive if asymptomatic).
  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can return to school. If you have a fever, stay home until your fever is resolved for at least 24 hours.
  • Wear a mask around others for 5 additional days (those who are unable to wear a mask should self-isolate for the full 10 days).
If you considered a close contact of someone with COVID-19…
Fully vaccinated* + boosted (12+ yr old):
  • Continue to come to school/work
  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days 
  • Test on day 5, if possible
Fully vaccinated,* not boosted (12+ yr old):
  • Continue to come to school/work; adhere to a 5-day quarantine outside of school/work**
  • NO PARTICIPATION in extracurricular/ after-school activities for 5 days**
  • Wear a mask around others for 5 additional days
  • Test on day 5, if possible
Fully vaccinated,* not booster eligible (all ages):
  • Continue to come to school/work
  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days 
  • Test on day 5, if possible
Partially vaccinated OR within 2 weeks of last shot (all ages):
  • SELF-QUARANTINE for at least 5 days, and possibly up to 10**
  • Wear a mask around others for 5 additional days
  • Test on day 5, if possible
Unvaccinated (all ages):
  • SELF-QUARANTINE for at least 5 days, and possibly up to 10**
  • Wear a mask around others for 5 additional days
  • Test on day 5, if possible

*Fully vaccinated = 2 weeks after completion of a two-dose mRNA series or one dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine
**People with certain medical conditions and those who are unable to wear a mask should self-quarantine for the full 10 days

 
WHAT REMAINS THE SAME?
Sending symptomatic students and staff home/remaining home and pursuing testing if symptomatic.
Communicating with families and staff in a consistent, timely manner.
Employing mitigation strategies such as mask-wearing, physical distancing, hand washing, and screening testing.
Completing the TCHD form if one should receive a positive result from a self-administered antigen test. The email message from the TCHD will be necessary for staff to claim paid COVID leave.
Accessing the EAP (staff) or NY Project Hope Emotional Support Helpline at 1-844-863-9314 if you need help.
Maintaining upgrades to HVAC systems, filter replacements, and COVID cleaning/sanitizing protocols.