• Quarantine Close-Contact Test-Out Procedures (updated as of November 18, 2021)

    The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH), in line with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance and as allowed by NYSDOH, will now allow individuals in quarantine due to a close contact determination to be released after the completion of day 7 (i.e., day 8) as long as they meet two conditions:

    1. A diagnostic COVID-19 test (acceptable COVID-19 tests include: A.) NAAT (PCR) tests, or B.) antigen tests conducted and reported by a licensed laboratory for close-contact quarantine only with a specimen collected and tested within 48 hours before the end of the planned quarantine discontinuation (i.e., after five days following last exposure) – is negative; and,
    2. No symptoms are reported during daily monitoring

    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. 

    Return-to-School Protocol with COVID-19-like Symptoms (updated as of October 5, 2021) 

    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 test result, or
    2. remain excluded from school for a minimum of 10 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. 
    In order to return to school, a NAAT (such as PCR) COVID-19 test is required, per the ECDOH, as we are in a High Transmission zone for COVID-19.

OPCSD Back-to-School Safety Summary

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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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