Mandatory temperature checks will be done for all students, staff, vendors, contractors, and visitors to identify who may have COVID-19 or who may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus. Any person with a temperature greater than 100.0°F will be denied entry into the facility, sent home, or be sent to an isolation room prior to being picked up. All faculty and staff must complete a daily screening questionnaire prior to reporting to school each day. Students will periodically have a screening questionnaire completed. Remote health screening by the parent / guardian is strongly advised prior to the student boarding the bus or being dropped off for school.
Any student or staff member with any signs and symptoms of COVID-19 will be isolated and sent home with directions to be seen by their health care provider or to have testing for COVID-19 at one of the COVID-19 Test Sites.
Signs and symptoms of COVID-19, as listed by the CDC, can include:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.
COVID-19 Test Sites
Please contact your Healthcare Provider or the New York State Department of Health for testing
New York State Department of Health
Crystal Run Healthcare Urgent Care Center
155 Crystal Run Rd, Middletown, NY 10941
Orange Urgent Care
75 Crystal Run Rd, Middletown, NY 10941
2 Edgewater Dr., Middletown, NY 10941
Excel Urgent Care of Goshen, NY
1 Hatfield Lane STE 2B, Goshen, NY 10924
Emergency One Urgent Care- New Windsor
306 Windsor Highway, New Windsor, NY 12553
Other testing sites available- Please call NYSDOH for further information
Returning to school after illness
CDC and the Orange County Health Department guidance will be followed for allowing a student or staff member to return to school after exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.
- If a person is not diagnosed by a healthcare provider (physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant) with COVID-19 they can return to school by meeting the following requirements as per the NYSDOH:
- Health care provider documentation
- Negative COVID-19 Testing Results
- No fever over 100.0 F in the last 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medicines, and they have felt well for 24 hours;
- Documentation of being diagnosed with another condition.
- If a person is diagnosed with COVID-19 by a healthcare provider based on a test or their symptoms, they should not be at school and should stay at home until:
- Release from isolation as per CDC Guidelines and the NYSDOH:
- It has been at least ten days since the individual first had symptoms;
- It has been at least 24 hours since the individual has had a fever (without using fever reducing medicine); and
- The individual’s symptoms improved, including cough and shortness of breath.
Quarantine and Isolation
The Orange County Health Department will provide guidance on who is to quarantine or isolate.
QUARANTINE keeps someone who was in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 away from others. If you had close contact with a person who has COVID-19:
- Stay home until 14 days after your last contact.
- Check your temperature twice a day and watch for symptoms of COVID-19.
- If possible, stay away from people who are at higher-risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.
ISOLATION keeps someone who is sick or tested positive for COVID-19 without symptoms away from others, even in their own home.
Health Office staff will communicate with the Orange County Department of Health on positive cases of COVID-19 and will assist in tracing for possible quarantine orders for students or staff that were in contact with a positive COVID-19 infected person.
Communication person for the Orange County Department of Health is Heather Boss, RN, Director of Patient Services. Phone number is 845-360-6600.
Public Health Officials assume the task of contact tracing, once notified. VC will cooperate with all state and Orange County Department of Health contact tracing, isolation and quarantine efforts.
Confidentiality will be maintained in tracing all contacts of the individual diagnosed with COVID-19.
To ensure the school district and its employees comply with contact tracing and disinfection requirements, Valley Central will do the following:
- Have a plan for cleaning, disinfection, and notifying Public Health in the event of a positive case. In the case of an employee or student testing positive for COVID-19, CDC guidelines will be followed regarding cleaning and disinfecting of the building or facility if someone is sick.
- Close off areas used by the person who is sick.
- Open outside doors and windows to increase air circulation in the area.
- Wait 24 hours before cleaning and disinfecting. If 24 hours is not feasible, wait as long as possible.
- Clean and disinfect all areas used by the person who is sick, such as offices, bathrooms, common areas, shared electronic equipment like tablets, touch screens, keyboards, remote controls, and copier machines.
- Vacuum the space if needed. A vacuum equipped with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter will be used, if available.
- Workers without close contact with the person who is sick can return to work immediately after disinfection.
When a person has been identified (confirmed) or suspected to be COVID-19 positive; the process in Valley Central could include:
- Having administrators collaborate and coordinate with local health officials to make school closure and large event cancellation decisions.
- Establish a plan to close schools again for physical attendance of students, if necessary, based on public health guidance and in coordination with the local DOH. Establishing a decision-making tree at the District level.
- Develop a plan for continuity of education, medical and social services, meal programs, and establish alternate mechanisms for these to continue.
- Implement as needed short-term closure procedures regardless of community spread if an infected person has been in a school building. If this happens, CDC recommends the following procedures:
- Closing off areas used by ill person(s) and locking off area(s); signage can also be used to ensure no one enters the area. If possible, wait 24 hours before you clean and disinfect. If it is not possible to wait 24 hours, wait as long as possible. Do not use the area(s) until cleaning and disinfection has taken place.
- Opening outside doors and windows to increase air circulation in the area.
- Cleaning staff will clean and disinfect all areas (e.g., offices, bathrooms, and common areas) used by the ill person(s), focusing especially on frequently touched surfaces.
- Communicating as soon as possible with staff, parents and students through written documentation or phone calls.
- Using DOH guidance/procedures for when someone tests positive:
- In consultation with the local DOH, a school official may consider whether school closure is warranted and period of time (prior to re-opening) based on the risk level within the specific community as determined by the local DOH.
- Any room where a COVID-19 positive individual was based will be disinfected.
- Closing of schools could be a regional decision.
- Seven metrics – NYS Dashboard
- Schools will reopen if a region is in Phase IV and the daily infection rate remains below 5% using a 14-day average
- Schools will close if the regional infection rate is greater than 9% using a 7-day average after August 1, 2020.
- Thresholds will be determined on a case-by-case basis dependent on the numbers (school closures may be a response).
- Buildings may consider closing if required cleaning products (bleach and water can be used as a cleaning product) and PPE are not available.