Important news and updates from district Health Offices

Goshen Central School District Health Office Changes During Pandemic

NON EMERGENT VISITS

Non emergent visits to the Health Office will not be allowed due to the risk of exposure. These are things such as personal grooming, chapped lips, lotion for dry skin, needing a “break.” Please have this talk with your child. We truly miss them but we need them to  understand that this is for their own safety.

IF YOUR CHILD SHOWS COVID-19 SYMPTOMS WHILE IN SCHOOL

If your child has any of the following symptoms of COVID-19, you will need to pick up your child. He or she will wait for you to arrive in a designated isolation room with adult supervision, as per NYSED/DOH guidelines. Please have a back up plan or two in place in case your child needs to be picked up from school for the following symptoms:

  •  Fever or chills (100 degrees of greater)
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Unexplained rash
  • Pink eye
  • Diarrhea

RETURN TO SCHOOL AFTER ILLNESS

SYMPTOMS

If a student or employee has shown symptoms of the coronavirus, you must obtain from your health-care provider a note to return to school. Healthcare provider notes must include AT MINIMUM the following information:

  • The individual is cleared to return to school/work
  • The individual has an alternate diagnosis unrelated to COVID OR the individual has no subsequent illness after completing their quarantine period OR the individual has successfully completed their isolation period and meet current CDC clearance guidance.

    Anyone who is symptomatic for 48 hours and does not receive an alternative diagnosis or a negative COVID test result will be isolated by the Department of Health.

    CONFIRMED DIAGNOSIS

    If a student or employee tests positive for coronavirus, they must have a health care provider note AND the following conditions must be met:

    • at least 10 days have passed since the onset of symptoms or the date of the positive COVID-19 test; AND
    • at least 24 hours have passed since the resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medication.

    A negative COVID-19 test will not be required, unless specifically requested by the Department of Health, but may be provided in addition to the health care provider’s note.

    PERTINENT EXPOSURE

    Examples of this could include recent travel to an area listed on the NYSDOH travel advisory website where precautionary quarantine should be completed for 14 days.

    Healthcare provider notes

    Healthcare provider notes must include AT MINIMUM the following information:

    • The individual is cleared to return to school/work
    • The individual has an alternate diagnosis unrelated to COVID OR the individual has no subsequent illness after completing their quarantine period OR the individual has successfully completed their isolation period and meet current CDC clearance guidance.

    We are aware that these protocols may present challenges for some families, but please know that these protocols are not simply school or district policy. Only the Health Department has the power to release individuals from isolation, which would then allow them to return to the school.

    If you have questions, please contact your school nurse. Their contact information can be found at https://www.gcsny.org/departments/health/.

    STUDENTS WITH ASTHMA

    Current CDC Guidance recommends the use of spacers/valved-holding chambers and an MDI instead of nebulizer delivered asthma medication when feasible, to reduce the chance or aerosolization and transmission of COVID. Please ask your child’s physician.

    Current CDC Guidance recommends the use of spacers/valved-holding chambers and an MDI instead of nebulizer delivered asthma
    medication when feasible, to reduce the chance or aerosolization and transmission of COVID. Please ask your child’s physician.

    Should your child be in need of a nebulizer, we will be administering any nebulizer treatment outdoors as this is the safest area.

    If your child is able to self carry an inhaler, we are going to ask them to remove themselves from the classroom as they have to remove
    their mask to administer. Of course at any time, the student may come to the Health Office and go outside to take their inhaler.

    IMMUNIZATIONS

    Please be aware that mandated immunizations are still required by NYS during this pandemic regardless of whether our District has hybrid, remote or full in school learning. Immunizations are due within the first 14 days of school or your child will not be allowed to attend hybrid, remote or in school learning. All of the required pre-K vaccines should be completed or in process as per NYS guidelines. Tdap is due in 6th grade or when your child turns 11, 7th and 12th grade requires meningococcal vaccine. There are
    no exemptions for immunizations except medical which needs to be renewed every year.

    MANDATED PHYSICALS

    Health physicals for grades K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 are mandated and should be sent to the Health Office within the first 30 days of school. Mandated physicals can be dated one calendar year from the beginning of the previous school year. In other words, any physical dated after September 4, 2019 would be acceptable.

    Thank you,

    Goshen Central School District Nursing Department