School staff are currently in the process of being vaccinated as part of the state’s 1b phase. We are hopeful that a recent state and CDC change will help reduce the need for staff quarantines within our buildings over the next several months, particularly as the test positivity rate continues to decline in our county and region.
New York State has aligned with updated CDC guidance eliminating quarantine requirements for those fully vaccinated against COVID-19 who are exposed to someone suspected or confirmed of COVID-19. However, quarantine still applies to individuals who are diagnosed with COVID-19, regardless if they are vaccinated.
Please note that individuals must meet the following criteria to avoid quarantine if they are exposed to someone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19:
- Are fully vaccinated (two weeks after their final dose)
- Are within 3 months of receiving their final dose
- Have remained asymptomatic since the COVID-19 exposure
Individuals who fail to meet all three criteria must continue to follow current quarantine guidance after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
Vaccinated individuals should continue to follow the state travel advisory according to the updated CDC guidance.
All school staff (including those who are fully vaccinated) and students should continue to follow our COVID-19 safety protocols, including wearing a mask, social distancing, avoiding crowds, covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands often, and staying home if they are sick. We all play an important role in keeping our school community safe and healthy. Your continued understanding and support are appreciated.
Dr. Maria Lagana Suttmeier, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools