• Updated: January 5, 2022

    Information is fluid and this information is changing daily.

    Quarantine for COVID-19 Positive Individuals:

    • Per the ECDOH, the quarantine period for a positive COVID student or adult, regardless of vaccination status, is now five days, as long as you meet the following criteria:
      • Isolate for 5 days, where day 0 is the day of symptom onset or (if asymptomatic) the day of collection of the first positive specimen.
      • If asymptomatic at the end of 5 days or if symptoms are resolving, isolation ends and the individual should wear a well-fitting mask while around others for an additional 5 days. 
      • Individuals who are moderately-severely immunocompromised should continue to follow standard (i.e., not shortened) Isolation Guidance. 
      • Individuals who are unable to wear a well-fitting mask for 5 days after a 5-day isolation should also follow standard (i.e., not shortened) Isolation Guidance.

    Quarantine for a Close Contact:

    • Per the ECDOH, if your child was deemed a close contact, but remains asymptomatic, they will be able to return to school on the sixth (6) day after his/her exposure.  If symptoms develop during the five-day quarantine period, they must remain in quarantine and secure a negative test after day five (5) in order to return to school earlier than day ten (10). 
      • For example: If your child is determined to be a close contact on a Monday, this is considered to be "day 0".  If no symptoms develop, your child would be out of quarantine on Sunday, and able to return to school Monday.  
    • Students and employees will also have to provide the affirmation form along with the negative test result. Please visit this link to find a COVID-19 testing site that is convenient for you and your family. 

      As a reminder, individuals who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 are not subject to quarantine as long as they remain symptom-free.

    Updated Definition of Fully Vaccinated:

    • Per the ECDOH, fully vaccinated status for close contact and quarantine determinations are now defined as:
      • When is a booster needed to be considered fully vaccinated?
        • Moderna- 6 months after primary series
        • Pfizer- 5 months after primary series
        • Johnson & Johnson- 2 months after single series
      • Ages 5 - 17 who have completed the primary series of COVID-19 vaccines (two shots):
      • Ages 18 and older with all recommended vaccine doses, including boosters.

    Return-to-School Protocol with COVID-19-like Symptoms:

    According to the Commissioner's determination issued pursuant to 10 NYCRR 2.62, all school students, teachers, and staff with new or worsening symptoms of COVID-19 must be excluded from school, regardless of vaccination status, and either: 

    1. provide a negative COVID PCR test result, or
    2. remain excluded from school for a minimum of 5 calendar days from symptom onset, prior to returning to school. 

    If a student's symptoms are improving AND they are fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines, they may return to school with either a note from the healthcare provider indicating the test was negative OR a copy of the negative test result.



OPCSD Quarantine Update 1/11/2022

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OPCSD Safety Summary 1/11/2022

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COVID-19 Testing Resources

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Guidance for Students Who Have Signs or Symptoms After COVID-19 Vaccination

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