Nothing is more important than the health and safety of City School District of New Rochelle students, faculty, staff, and our community. As such, the District continues to refine its COVID-19 Safety Plan.
First, as a reminder, if a student is sick, he or she should not be sent to school. This recommendation seeks to safeguard everyone's health in a school setting.
The following provides procedures, identified as best practices, regarding situations where COVID-19 symptoms and exposure are suspected. Click on the graphic for a larger view.
1. If a student is sent home from school due to suspected COVID-19 symptoms, the school nurse will request in writing that a primary care physician evaluate the student and establish a baseline diagnosis. This diagnosis must be returned to the school nurse in order for the student to be cleared to return to school.
2. If a non-COVID-19 diagnosis is indicated through a negative PCR test and the student is asymptomatic for 24 hours, the student may return to school.
3. If COVID-19 symptoms are identified in a student, siblings of that student must remain home until the diagnosis of COVID-19 or a non-COVID-19 illness is identified. If the illness is not COVID-19, the sibling may return to school. If the illness is COVID-19 positive, the sibling must be removed from school for a minimum of 10 days, potentially up to as many as 20 days, depending on the ability to isolate from the COVID-19-positive individual.
4. The sibling of a student who may have been, for 10 minutes or more, within 6 feet of person who is COVID-19-positive may continue to come to school as long as he/she remains asymptomatic.
The City School District of New Rochelle works in consultation with the Westchester County Department of Health regarding all COVID-19-related matters. The District and its schools are not authorized to declare a quarantine. The District is authorized to remove students from the school environment for the purposes of maintaining a safe and healthy environment. Only the Westchester County Department of Health can declare a quarantine status.
If you have questions, please contact your building administrator or District Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Dr. Corey Reynolds, at firstname.lastname@example.org. You also can learn more in the COVID-19 Resource Center on the District website, nred.org.