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 the district.
In the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19, the district will:
- Immediately contact those who are at risk of exposure by phone;
- Work closely with the Westchester County Department of Health to identify who is at risk for potential exposure;
- participate fully in all contact tracing efforts so that they can contact and notify families and guide them through next steps, such as testing or quarantine;
- notify all district staff; and
- send a message through K12 Alerts to notify families of confirmed case of COVID-19 in their child’s school building.
Please note, privacy laws restrict us from disclosing or confirming any personally identifiable information. We cannot identify anyone who has tested positive, however; at the end of each school day, the district will report the number of confirmed cases to the New York State Department of Health. This information will be publicly available on the New York State COVID Report Card dashboard.
The process for closing school and/or classrooms will be dependent upon many variables such as the nature and size of the outbreak, as well as the number of positive cases.
If you have any questions about how the district plans to communicate a positive case of COVID-19, please contact the district’s COVID-19 and Nurse Coordinator, Maggie Racioppo at (914) 422-2011.
Parents and guardians have reached out seeking clarification and more information about the rationale behind determining whether to place our school buildings, student cohorts or classrooms into full-remote instruction. Each positive COVID-19 case is unique, as is the exposure one individual may have with another; therefore, we handle each incident on a case-by-case basis. Each reported case necessitates our school district to work in conjunction with the Westchester County Department of Health, our district health services coordinator, building administrators, and most importantly, our COVID-positive student(s) and/or employee(s).
Contact tracing must take place to determine the extent of potential exposure. The extent of the potential exposure is determined based upon the length of time (10 sustained minutes or more) and the physical distance (6 feet or less). This information is gathered and used to create the lists of those individuals determined to be “in close contact.” Although we maintain distance and have masks on for everyone’s protection, if a classroom or individual is in contact with a positive person for an extended time in an indoor space, they will still need to be quarantined. These individuals are considered a "proximate contact.”
The contact tracing process of each specific case leads to the determination about closing or opening specific classrooms, school wings, or entire buildings. As a result of the complex process required, and most importantly, out of an abundance of caution, our protocol may require the school district to place an entire building into a 24-48-hour full-remote instruction paradigm. These 24-48-hours of dedicated investigative time allows for our contact tracing process to take place, as well as allows for the district administration to make thoughtful decisions on next steps in concert with our medical experts and the Westchester County Department of Health.
The current decision-making process is as follows:
- When it is determined that only a singular classroom experienced close contact or minimal close contact took place, a specific classroom, or school wing, will be temporarily closed.
- When it is determined that the timeline of the COVID-19 positive case and the potential for exposure is greater than the extent of one classroom setting or one school wing, we will make the decision to place a school building into full-remote instruction. This protocol is in place to ensure that we have carefully completed each necessary step in this process and make deliberate and careful decisions for the specific case, for the building, and for the school community.
As we continue to navigate through this extraordinary school year, we thank you for all of your support along the way.