COVID-Related Procedures 2021-22 (Updated August 25, 2021)

UPDATED August 25th, 2021

As we have learned over the past 12-18 months, all of this information is subject to change at any time with little notice.  We will make efforts to update our website with the latest COVID Procedures information.

In consultation with the Essex County Health Department, Boquet Valley CSD will be following the NYSED Health and Safety Guide, until and unless updated or additional guidance or mandates are released from NYSED or other governing bodies (Governor’s Office or NYSDOH).

  • Vaccinations
    • Encouraged for all eligible faculty, staff, and students
  • Monitoring Community Transmission
    • BVCSD will rely on the Essex County Health Department to assist with this.
  • Wearing Masks
    • Masks are required to be worn inside
    • Masks are not required to be worn outside
    • Mask breaks will occur outside only
    • Students may remove masks when eating breakfast or lunch in the cafeteria
  • Physical Distancing and Cohorting
    • Students will remain separated by 3-6ft whenever possible
  • Sports and Extracurricular Activities
    • Masks are required to be worn inside
    • Masks are not required to be worn outside
    • COVID testing may be required to participate
  • COVID Screening Testing to Promptly Identify Cases, Clusters, and Outbreaks
    • BVCSD will rely on the Essex County Health Department to assist with this.
  • Temperature and Questionnaire Screenings
    • There will not be a formal temperature or screening process. The act of arriving at school is the employee, student (or parent on behalf of the student) attesting that they are not sick and do not have COVID symptoms.
  • Good Handwashing and Respiratory Etiquette
    • Everyone is encouraged to wash their hands regularly
    • Everyone is encouraged to cover a cough and/or sneeze
  • Staying Home When Sick and Getting Tested
  • Contact Tracing, in Combination with Isolation and Quarantine
    • BVCSD will rely on the Essex County Health Department to assist with this.
  • Remote Instruction
    • Will not be offered at this time

Essex County Health Department Resources:

2_Essex County COVID School Testing Plan 1-pager

3_Pooled Testing_1 pager for Schools

4_Clarifi COVID-19 Test Kit Patient Fact Sheet

5_ID NOW Testing_1 Pager

6_ID NOW Patient Fact Sheet

7_BinaxNOW_1 Pager

8_BinaxNOW Patient Fact Sheet

 

Additional Resources:

RESOURCES and GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS:

 

CDC Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in K-12 Schools (Updated Aug. 5, 2021)

Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in K-12 Schools | CDC

 

 

American Academy of Pediatrics’ COOVID-19 Guidance (July 18, 2021)

https://services.aap.org/en/pages/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-infections/clinical-guidance/covid-19-planning-considerations-return-to-in-person-education-in-schools/

 

 

US Department of Education:  USDOE_ Return to School Roadmap (Aug 2, 2021)  

 

https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-department-education-releases-%E2%80%9Creturn-school-roadmap%E2%80%9D-support-students-schools-educators-and-communities-preparing-2021-2022-school-year

 

as part of the launch of the Return to School Roadmap, the Department released:

  • fact sheet for schools, families, and communities on the Return to School Roadmap, reviewing the three “Landmark” priorities, and elevating schools and districts that are addressing each in effective ways.
  • guidefor schools and districts outlining what schools can do to protect the health and safety of students, including increasing access to vaccinations and steps for implementing the CDC’s recently updated K-12 school guidance.
  • checklist that parents can use to prepare themselves and their children for a safe return to in-person learning this fall, leading with vaccinating eligible children and masking up if students are not yet vaccinated.

We primarily utilized the “guide” as part of these resources.

How to Prioritize the Health and Safety of Students, School Personnel, and Families | U.S. Department of Education

 

 

NYSED Health and Safety Guide for the 2021-2022 School Year (Aug 12, 2021)

http://www.nysed.gov/common/nysed/files/programs/back-school/nysed-health-and-safety-guide-for-the-2021-2022-school-year.pdf