September 22 & 25 - Symptomatic & Absent Students

This update is the update that stands as the districts process.   Please have a conversation with our nurses to guide you through this process.  They are here to protect all students and staff and keep us open for the benefit of students.
Dear Parents, Students and Community Members,
Today the superintendents and school nurses met with the Allegany and Cattaraugus Health Department to go over a myriad of questions and scenarios districts and both Health Departments have encountered since the start of school.
In the chart provided by the county today, the district does have some leeway to deviate from the requirement of having a COVID Negative Test result only if the district is aware of and familiar with existing documented conditions that have the "*" next to the symptom. The district could simply recommend they see their primary doctor as a follow up.
There are some symptoms listed in the chart that don't give the district the leeway to determine if they were preexisting or not. For example, a fever or sore throat would require a COVID Negative Test Result.
We do have some flexibility but want to remind our community, our goal is to remain open for the benefit of our children.
There is potentially additional guidance coming out this Thursday on the subject, we will remain nimble and follow our Health Department's recommendation.
Flow Chart COVID-19 schools.pdf, 665.55 KB; (Last Modified on September 22, 2020)