January 12, 2022

COVID-19 Update Regarding Contact Tracing

On Tuesday, January 11, Governor Hochul held a press conference at which Dr. Mary Bassett, Commissioner for the New State Department of Health,  provided an update on COVID-19 and announced that the state is changing the approach to contact tracing.

Due to the winter surge, New York State is moving to more self-management when a person has either tested positive or been exposed to someone who has tested positive.   As such, if you test positive, you should no longer expect a call from the local department of health about an exposure, quarantine directives and next steps.  Dr. Bassett said you should follow the latest isolation and quarantine guidance that is provided by the local department of health.  Those are the protocols that we continue to update and share with with you.  

Schenectady County Public Health has notified us and confirmed that they will no longer be doing contact tracing.  That means that any tracing and notification we do must be managed internally on our own.  While it is no longer a requirement, we will do our best to track and notify staff and families of close contact exposure especially in higher risk situations.   We will also continue with COVID reporting and will share the guidance and protocols that you should follow for a positive case and any exposure.

We urge you to continue to monitor yourself and your child for symptoms.  It is important that you continue to follow the protocols and for anyone who has symptoms to test for COVID.  Keep in mind that we now accept the rapid home tests (two tests must be taken 36 hours apart).   We did receive another supply of test kits today which will given to our schools for parents and staff to use when they experience symptoms or are exposed to a person who is positive.  We will make these test kits available for as long as our supply lasts.  The new testing site for district staff and families at the McClellan site also has openings.  You can make an appointment here.

As you know, the guidance and protocols change swiftly.   When announcements are made through a press conference, we typically wait for the official guidance or notification from Schenectady County Public Health before sharing any change in practice or protocol.   We will continue to keep you updated as we receive information.

Thank you.  

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