• Reopening Plan Updates

     

    The district continually updates our District and School Reopening Plans as the New York State Department of Health changes their guidelines.    Below is a quick guide to the updates to our reopening plans. 

     

    • If a person in a household has a fever and/or loss of taste and/or loss of smell, (so any of those symptoms in isolation or in combination) everyone else in the household needs to quarantine.  The person with the fever will need to seek medical assessment and inform the MCDOH.  The MCDOH will release those from quarantine went it is deemed safe.

     

    • If a student is not in school, and there is no excuse from a parent or guardian, the reason for the absence will be assumed to be COVID-19 symptoms.  In order for the student to return to the school building, the parent/guardian will need to follow protocols for symptomatic students.

     

    • Monitoring Student and Staff Health (updates are underlined below)

       

      Screening for symptoms of COVID-19 will be completed daily for staff.

      • Temperature screening, including a health questionnaire will be completed by all staff before leaving home through Power Apps. Anyone feeling new or worsening symptoms will be expected to stay home and see a healthcare professional within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms, for further assessment and possible testing. (No one should enter a district building feeling new or worsening symptoms).   If staff member or someone in their household has symptoms that include fever and/or loss of taste and/or loss of smell, all members of the household are placed in mandatory quarantine by the MCDOH.  
      • To return to work, a health care provider must write a note describing either an alternate diagnosis of a known chronic condition with unchanged symptoms, or a confirmed acute illness.  An unconfirmed acute illness will require a COVID-19 testing.

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      • If there is a negative test result and improving symptoms, a note from a health care provider indicating the result was negative or a copy of the negative test result will allow a return to work. 
      • The alternate diagnosis or negative result needs to be sent to the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources before allowed to return to work.
      • If a staff member tests positive, East Irondequoit CSD will follow the NYS DOH recommendation as follows:
        • Regardless if symptomatic or not, if tested positive, the staff member may return to work after completing at least ten days of isolation from the onset of symptoms or ten days of isolation after the first positive test if asymptomatic.
        • Isolation will cease after being cleared with a doctor’s note.
      • The staff member will be responsible for contacting his/her supervisor to follow up the diagnosis and/or test results from the health care meeting. This information will be shared with the COVID-19 safety coordinator, and superintendent. The lab conducting the COVID-19 test will contact the Monroe County Health Department and contact tracing will begin. The school district will collaborate with the DOH for contact tracing.  A written note from his/her doctor clearing him/her to return to work will be provided to the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources. This information will be shared with the COVID-19 safety coordinator, and superintendent. 

       

      • Any staff member who has been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, the East Irondequoit CSD will follow the NYS DOH recommendations as follows:
      1. If symptomatic, the staff member may return to work after a negative COVID-19 test, symptom resolution, or documentation from their doctor with an alternate diagnosis clearing them to return to work.
      2. If NOT symptomatic, the staff member may return to work after fourteen days of self-quarantine.
      3. The New York State Department of Health considers a close contact to be someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 10 minutes 15 minutes starting from 48 hours before illness onset until the person was isolated. The local health department should be contacted if the extent of contact between an individual and a person suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 is unclear.

       

      • If a school staff member feels ill during the school day, he/she may see the school nurse for an initial health assessment including a temperature scan. The staff member must leave the building as soon as possible if symptomatic. See step a. above.

       

      • Staff who work at locations other than a school building will follow the same screening procedure from home before leaving for work. If symptoms are felt during the workday, he/she will notify his/her supervisor and leave immediately. A meeting with a health care professional for further assessment needs to be completed as soon as possible. See step a. above.

       

      Screening for symptoms of COVID-19 will be completed daily for students.

       

      • Temperature screening and a health questionnaire will take place at home, daily, via the Parent Portal, before leaving the house for school.  Principals will send out weekly reminders to parents to conduct the screening process at home. Each building will also have touch-free infrared temperature monitoring devices to take each student's temperature as they enter the building. If a student comes to school without the screening, they will be assessed at school by the nurse if they answer "yes" to any of the questions, or have a temperature above 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit

       

      • Any student showing new or worsening symptoms should be kept home. The school will be contacted and made aware of the student’s symptoms. The student will be required to seek guidance from a healthcare professional within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms, for further assessment. The school nurse will follow up with the family later in the day to check on a diagnosis.
          • If the student’s symptoms include fever and/or loss of taste and/or loss of smell, all members in the student’s household are placed in mandatory quarantine by the MCDOH.
          •  If the student tests positive for COVID-19, he/she must stay home from school for at least 10 days and be cleared by a healthcare provider.  Additionally, any siblings or other school aged children in the household must quarantine for 14 days.  The student(s) should prepare for learning at home with classroom teacher support. The nurse will notify the COVID-19 safety coordinator. The Monroe County Department of Health will be notified by the lab that conducted the test and contact tracing will begin. The school district will collaborate with the DOH for contact tracing. 

       

      • In order to return to the school building, the student who had symptoms must have written documentation from their health care provider with an alternate diagnosis, or a negative COVID-19 test result, and symptom resolution. Once the documentation is received by the school nurse, the COVID-19 safety coordinator will be informed.
        1. Have your health care provider fax (see health office fax numbers below) the evaluation document or negative COVID-19 test result to the health office, during school hours, or to the building principal in the main office if it is after hours. The school nurse or principal will contact transportation to let them know when your student will be cleared to ride the bus.
        2. If you receive a paper copy of the evaluation or negative COVID-19 test result, please bring your student into school on the first day back. The health office will receive these documents and contact transportation to begin pick up and drop off the following day.
        • If your student(s) is transported to any East Irondequoit Central School District facility or program, and has been home for any period of time due to COVID-19 symptoms; you must follow the steps indicated below in order  for your student is board school district transportation.

      *A negative COVID-19 test result or an evaluation specifying an alternate diagnosis by your health care provider is required by the Monroe County Department of Health.

       

      School Health Office Fax Numbers:

      Helendale: 339-1349

      Ivan Green: 339-1328

      Durand Eastman: 339-1353

      Laurelton-Pardee: 339-1289

      EI Middle School: 339-1439

      Eastridge: 339-1549

       

      • Any student who is symptom-free upon arrival but shows symptoms during the school day will be sent to the health office for screening by the nurse. If the student needs to see a healthcare professional, he/she will be isolated, supervised by the nurse, and wait to be picked up a parent or guardian. The person picking up the student will be screened before allowed entrance to the building. The nurse will follow up with the family later in the day to check on a diagnosis. See the bold type, above.

       

      • Any student that has no symptoms but has been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 (this includes siblings/other children in the household), he/she will be home from school for fourteen days and prepare for remote learning athome with classroom teacher support. This information will be relayed to the COVID-19 safety coordinator.
        • The New York State Department of Health considers a close contact to be someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 10 minutes 15 minutes starting from 48 hours before illness onset until the person was isolated. The local health department should be contacted if the extent of contact between an individual and a person suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 is unclear.
        • The Monroe County Department of Public Health has provided flowcharts regarding symptoms and quarantine orders

       

      Screening for COVID-19 symptoms will be completed daily for visitors and vendors. Any visitor or vendor must be masked, read through the list of symptoms, and answer “no” to all those listed. The list will be posted outside of the buildings next to the intercom. A temperature check will be administered by school personnel. If the visitor or vendor has a temperature above 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit, he/she will not be allowed to enter the building. He/she will be encouraged to seek medical screening, and the rejection into the building will be shared with the COVID-19 safety coordinator.

       

      The district will notify the state and local health department immediately upon being informed of any positive COVID-19 diagnostic test result by an individual within school facilities or on school grounds, including students, faculty, staff, and visitors of the district.

       

      To assist the local health department with tracing the transmission of COVID-19, the district has developed and maintained a plan to trace all contacts of exposed individuals in accordance with protocols, training, and tools provided through the New York State Contact Tracing Program.