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Monitoring your Child's Health and Return to School Guidelines 9/23/21

September 23, 2021



Parents and Guardians,


Please help us keep our students, faculty, and staff safe by following COVID guidelines.  All students, parents, guardians, and staff should continue to monitor their health for symptoms of COVID19, including, but not limited to, chills, fever, the new loss of taste/smell, cough, shortness of breath, muscle aches, headache, congestion, nausea/vomiting, and sore throat.  If you or a family member begins experiencing any of these symptoms and suspect it may be COVID19, contact your healthcare provider.  We ask that you refrain from sending children to school with any of the above symptoms.


Below is a message from the Commissioner of Health.


Effective immediately, in accordance with the Commissioner's Determination issued pursuant to 10 NYCRR 2.60, any person over the age of 2 (including all students, personnel, teachers, administrators, contractors, and visitors) must wear masks at all times indoors in P-12 school buildings, regardless of vaccination status.



Attached are the guidelines for returning to school following covid-19 like illnesses.


Returning to School Following Illness:



  1. COVID-19-Like Illness

ECDOH requires that in order for students or staff to return to school following a COVID-19-like illness, regardless of vaccination status, one of the following criteria must be met:


  1. A negative FDA approved NAAT COVID-19 test result is provided to the school either by a parent/guardian or medical care provider. A NAAT test is a Nucleic acid amplification test, such as a polymerase chain reaction or PCR; OR


  1. There have been at least 10 days since the onset of COVID-19 symptoms; OR


  1. A Health Care Provider provides a signed note reporting a diagnosis of a known chronic condition with unchanged symptoms, or a confirmed acute illness (laboratory-confirmed influenza, strep-throat) and COVID-19 is not suspected. Such individuals may return to school according to the usual guidelines for that diagnosis.


ECDOH offers free COVID-19 PCR testing to symptomatic Erie County residents and close contacts of confirmed cases by calling (716) 858-2929. Other local testing sites are listed at COVID-19 diagnostic testing is fully covered by all health insurance plans per federal mandates.


Negative rapid or at-home COVID-19 test results will NOT be accepted for returning after the illness.