Update: COVID-19 Protocol Changes from Superintendent Dr. Van Scoy

January 14, 2022



Dear Parents and Guardians,


As you know, we continue to receive new and updated guidance from New York State (NYS) and Wayne County. This week it was on a daily basis.   I want to take a few moments to make you aware of the changes that we are implementing:


  • Isolation and quarantine periods are 5 days.
    1. Day Zero is the first day of symptoms or the date tested, whichever comes first.
      1. Example 1: Shawn has symptoms on Saturday and tests positive on Sunday.  Saturday is Day 0, Sunday is Day 1 and Thursday is Day 5.  Shawn can return to school on Friday if his symptoms are resolving, he does not have a runny nose, and he has not had a temperature in 24 hours.
      2. Example 2: Shawn has no symptoms prior to testing positive on Sunday.  Sunday is Day 0, Monday is Day 1 and Friday is Day 5.  Shawn could return on Saturday if his symptoms are resolving, he does not have a runny nose, and he has not had a temperature in 24 hours.

  1. Testing positive in school.  If your child has tested positive, per NYS and CDC guidance, they should isolate for 5 days.  Gananda Central School District is saying your child can return to school in 5 days if their symptoms are resolving, they do not have a runny nose, and they have not had a temperature in 24 hours. 
    1. A message will be sent via parent square initially with the positive test result as most parents are working and responding to the parent square messages.  Nurses will follow up via phone as deemed necessary by the school nurse.

  1. We are seeing transmission within homes. If there is a positive case in the household: 
    1. Unvaccinated members of the household need to stay home for 5 days. 
    2. Vaccinated members of the household may return if asymptomatic (that means no runny nose, no fatigue, no headache, no sore throat, no fever). 

  1. When there is a positive case on a team, in a class or in a grade, unvaccinated individuals will not be automatically quarantined.  If there is more than one positive case on a team, in a class or in a grade level, we will consult with our school specialist to determine the need to quarantine groups, pause the team, or have a class or grade go remote temporarily.

  1. If your child is sick (runny nose, fatigue, headache, sore throat, fever), PLEASE do not send them to school.

By continuing to work together, we can keep our students and staff safe and healthy in order to keep our classrooms open and focused on learning. Thank you for your cooperation.


Sincerely,


Shawn Van Scoy, Ed.D

Superintendent, Gananda Central Schools