1.14.22 - Test-to-Stay & Shortened Isolation and Quarantine Periods
Dear New Hartford Central School District Community,
On January 6, 2022, the Oneida County Department of Health released updated guidance for quarantine of those who have come into close contact with someone with COVID-19, which is why effective Tuesday, January 18, 2022, the New Hartford Central School District will transition to a shortened isolation and quarantine period from 10 days to five days.
The District will also begin participating in the Test-to-Stay initiative beginning Monday, January 24, 2022.
Information Regarding Shortened Isolation and Quarantine Periods:
Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate for 5 days, and if they are asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving (fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications, free from runny nose and no more than a minimal cough or sneezing), they may return to school or work but must wear a mask when around others to minimize the risk of infecting people they encounter. Once the isolation period has concluded, students and staff will need to complete an Oneida County Self Attestation Isolation form and submit it to their building nurse.
Students and staff who have been exposed to COVID-19, must reference the attached chart for information and guidance regarding quarantine, school/work attendance and testing. Once the quarantine period has concluded, students and staff will need to complete an Oneida County Self Attestation Quarantine Form and submit it to their building nurse.
Information Regarding the Test-to-Stay Initiative:
Students and staff who have been exposed to COVID-19 during the regular school day to avoid school exclusion (but not other restrictions of quarantine) by testing negative through the testing protocol described below.
- Students and staff who are fully vaccinated or have fully recovered from a COVID-19 infection within the past 90 days are not eligible for TTS, as they are exempt from quarantine protocols unless they are symptomatic.
- Test to Stay will only pertain to students and staff who have been exposed during the school day. Test to Stay will not pertain to High-Risk activity exposures or exposures outside of the school day, including leaving campus for lunch.
- The District will supply testing for students and staff for the Test-to-Stay program at no cost.
For more information regarding test-to-stay, please reference the New Hartford Central School District’s Test-to-Stay Plan.
Thank you for your continued support as we navigate the changing guidance as it relates to COVID-19 testing and quarantine protocols.