Septrember 2, 2022

In August, the New York State Department of Health and the New York State Education Department jointly encouraged all schools to utilize the CDC's updated Operational Guidance for Schools to Support Safe In-Person Learning in planning for the 2022-2023 school year. The following protocols reflect the CDC's most up to date mitigation strategies for COVID-19.

Face Masks

  • Face masks are optional for all students, staff, and visitors to the school, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Individuals who have been exposed to COVID -19 should wear a mask for for 10 days, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Individuals who have tested positive for COVID- 19 should wear a mask upon return to school after isolation on days 6  - 10 (symptoms must be resolved for return to school).

Physical Distancing

  • There is no physical distancing requirement for the 2022- 2023 school year.
  • During times of eating or rest, masked students will be distanced to the best of our ability.

COVID-19 Exposure

  • Quarantine is no longer recommended for people who are exposed to COVID-19.
  • Those exposed to COVID-19, regardless of vaccination staus or history of prior COVID-19 infection, should wear a mask in school settings and test on or after day 5 (or sooner if symptoms develop). The Taylor School wil provide tests for this purpose.
  • The Taylor School will notify parents if their children have been exposed to a positive case of COVID-19 at school.

COVID-19 Symptoms

  • Students and staff with symptoms of respiratory or gastrointestinal infections such as cough, sore throat, vomiting, or diarrhea should stay home for 24 hours after the onset of symptoms and test for COVID - 19.
  • Day 0 is the day symptoms present. If symptoms have resolved within 24 hours , a return to school on Day 2 can occur.
  • Please stay home when symptoms persist, even if testing negative for COVID -19.

Isolation for Students and Staff Who Test Positive for COVID-19

  • Individuals should isolate at home for 5 days.  Day 0 is the day of symptom onset or positive test result.
  • Individuals should wear a mask upon return to school on days 6 - 10 (if symptoms have been resolved).

Remote Learning

  • Remote learning will not be provided for school absences.
  • Teachers will ensure that students have access to missed work.

Screening Testing

  • The CDC recommends that screening testing be conducted when returning from breaks.

Additional Prevention Strategies

  • The Susan Odell Taylor School's Health and Safety team may add additional mitigation/prevention strategies in response to high community spread of COVID- 19.