Q: How will the district manage health screenings?
A: The district will use email automation software to manage screenings and the students will have their temperature taken, at the kiosk, upon entry to the building.
Q. What are parents/guardians required to do before school each day?
A: Parents/guardians will be responsible for checking each child’s health before school each day. If a child has a fever, cough, shortness of breath, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, cold-like symptoms or loss of taste or smell, they should be kept home from school.
Q. What happens if a student’s health screening has not been submitted? Will they be permitted to enter the building?
A: Health screenings at home are only one tool the district will use to ensure that students are well enough to attend school. Every attempt will be made to encourage parents/guardians to take temperatures on their children prior to the arrival at school. If a parent/guardian is not able or forgot and they contact the school, the health office will take the child’s temperature.
Q: What do I do if my child is showing COVID-19 symptoms?
A: Parents are encouraged to contact your child’s doctor if your child is showing symptoms of COVID-19. Your child should not attend school if they are displaying these symptoms.
Q: What happens if one member of the household is sick with cold symptoms? Or when one sibling is sick with cold symptoms but the other is not?
A: Students are required to stay home when they are showing symptoms of any sickness. The school will refer them to their pediatrician to make determinations on if they should be tested. They do not need to stay home if a household member has symptoms.
Q: What is the protocol, per the CDC/DOH if a student or staff member is in close contact with a positive or suspected case of COVID-19 in the school?
A: Close contact for students is defined as being less than 3 feet apart for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
Close contact for staff is defined as being less than 6 feet apart for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
Students who are more than 3 feet from a COVID positive person who are wearing their masks correctly and consistently would not be subject to quarantine.
Students who are fully vaccinated are not subject to quarantine so long as they are asymptomatic (having no symptoms).
Unvaccinated students who are exposed to a COVID positive person and unmasked for more than cumulative 15 minutes in a 24-hour period will be required to quarantine. After 3-5 days of exposure testing should be done.
Staff who are more than 6 feet from a COVID positive person who are wearing their masks correctly and consistently would not be subject to quarantine.
Staff who are fully vaccinated are not subject to quarantine so long as they are asymptomatic (having no symptoms).
Unvaccinated staff who are exposed to a COVID positive person and unmasked for more than cumulative 15 minutes in a 24-hour period will be required to quarantine. After 3-5 days of exposure testing should be done.
The district will notify the state and local health department immediately upon being informed of any positive COVID-19 diagnostic test result by an individual within school facilities or on school grounds, including students, faculty, staff and visitors of any of our schools.
To assist the local health department with tracing the transmission of COVID-19, the district has a plan to trace all contacts of exposed individuals in accordance with protocols, training and tools provided through the New York State Contact Tracing Program and Westchester County Department of Health.
Confidentiality must be maintained as required by federal and state laws and regulations.
Q: Will testing for COVID-19 be conducted at school?
A: White Plains City School District is working with the Westchester County Department of Health to provide saliva rapid PCR testing free to staff and students. We will provide updated information when it becomes available.
Q: Will everyone in the district be notified in the event of a COVID exposure?
A: If an employee or child is affected, they will be notified by the DOH, nurse or building principal. The district cannot disclose information about individual persons in accordance with HIPAA (health information) and privacy laws.