Updates Regarding Health and Wellness Regulations

Updates Regarding Health and Wellness Regulations
Posted on 09/17/2020
Updates Regarding Health and Wellness Regulations

Updates Regarding Health and Wellness Regulations set forth by the New York State Department of Health and the Chemung County Health Department.


Specifically, we wish to update our families on guidelines regarding students who experience a positive health screen for symptoms of COVID-19 and other members of their household.

View an Easy-to-Read Flow Chart of When a Child and/or Sibling is Sent Home From School (.pdf)

According to the NYS Department of Health, school districts in New York State are required to send a student or staff member home if they exhibit one symptom of COVID. Members of the symptomatic student’s household, like other adults and siblings, will be sent home due to likely high risk exposure.

Symptomatic students can return to school only with a doctor’s note, a negative COVID-19 test, and symptom free (all 3) or have ensured a 14-day quarantine.

Per Health Department Guidance, siblings of symptomatic students can return to school after the symptomatic student tests negative for COVID-19. If a symptomatic student is positive for COVID-19, the sibling of the COVID positive student would also have to ensure a 14 day quarantine to return to school.

Additional information regarding health screens, protocols for the return to school, and more can be found at https://elmiracityschools.com/community/c_o_v_i_d-19_u_p_d_a_t_e/the_track_back_return_to_school_plan/health_and_wellness

If you have any questions about your child’s health, contact your child’s medical provider or please email School Nurse Practitioner, Melissa Montopoli, FNP-C at MMONTOPOLI@elmiracityschools.com.