COVID-19 testing

  • If a student or employee is symptomatic (fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea), they will be sent home immediately. Students will have to isolate in the school building until they can be picked up from school.

    The student or employee must then seek medical attention and must have a note from a medical provider, a negative COVID-19 test, and a resolution of symptoms before returning to school.

    In the event that large-scale testing may need to be conducted at the school, the district administration will consult with the school physician or the county health department in conjunction with the New York State Department of Health to identify potential provider(s) to develop testing protocols and/or procedures.

    A student or employee who tests positive for COVID-19 will be isolated for a minimum of 10 days from the start of symptoms. The student or employee must be three days without a fever, without use of antipyretic (Tylenol or Ibuprofen) and have progressive improvement in symptoms before returning.

    In the case of a positive COVID-19 test, the local health department will contact the student, parent or employee to perform the case investigation and contact tracing.

Contact tracing

  • In the event of a positive case in the school community, General Brown CSD will follow all directives from the Jefferson County Public Health Service.

    Coordination between the local health department and school is an integral part of mitigating COVID-19. Both are committed to coordinating all activities necessary to ensure the health of students, staff and the community.

    Jefferson County Public Health Service (JCPHS) will conduct case investigations of individuals with confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19. Contact tracing follows case investigations and is a process to identify, monitor and support individuals who may have been exposed to a person with COVID-19.  

    When a COVID-19 case is identified, JCPHS will request assistance from the school to identify potential contacts. School staff will play an important role in supporting the health department efforts to obtain needed information. In addition to regular daily attendance being taken, a daily log of all students riding the bus, and a log of all service providers entering each classroom will be maintained for contact tracing purposes should the need arise.

    The district will protect private information of staff and students while assisting and cooperating with any contact tracing efforts.

    Contact tracing begins 48 hours prior to the start of symptoms or 48 hours prior to the positive test for an asymptomatic person. All persons who were within 6 feet of the person who tested positive for more than 10 minutes during that time frame will be quarantined for 14 days, monitored for symptoms and tested.

    The local health department will notify the school for collaboration with contract tracing. Those who came in contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 will be referred to local testing sites and can return to school after the 14-day quarantine period.

    According to JCPHS, case investigators and contact tracers will:

    • Identify potential contacts through an interview of the person (or parent/guardian for children) with COVID-19 and school personnel.
    •  The positive person (or parent/guardian for children) is interviewed by JCPHS staff, who elicit information about the person’s illness, determine when they may have become infectious and determine other people who might have been exposed. Those potentially exposed individuals (or a parent/guardian) are then interviewed; persons who are determined to be close contacts are referred for testing and advised to quarantine for 14 days from the date of last exposure. For both cases and close contacts, public health staff will monitor their health status and compliance with disease control measures and connect them to local resources as necessary.
    • JCPHS staff will need information about different areas within the school and who was in the area at a given time or locating information for identified children or staff associated with the facility. JCPHS may need to interview teachers, school staff, bus drivers, students, etc.
    • Alert contacts of their exposure, assess their symptoms and risk, and provide instructions for next steps. The named contacts will be told of their potential exposure to COVID-19, but the person to whom they were exposed will not be named.
    • Link those with symptoms to testing and care.

    In the event of a positive case of COVID-19 within the district, a notification will be sent immediately using all existing communications platforms, including the General Brown CSD website and parent communication tools, including voice messages, texts and email.