As of Monday, January 10, those students who have been in isolation and/or quarantine for 5 days or more, may return to school on day 6 as long as they wear a well-fitting mask and meet the following criteria adapted from recent CDC, NYSDOH, and WCPH guidance:
- Fever-free for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medication;
- Have resolution of symptoms, or if still with residual symptoms then all are improving;
- Not have rhinorrhea (runny nose); and
- Have no more than minimal, non-productive cough (i.e., not disruptive and does not stop the person from wearing a face mask continuously, not coughing up phlegm).
Please see this linked document, detailed information that will be followed for all new positive cases reported January 10, 2022 and after. These procedures will remain in effect until or unless modified by Wayne County Public Health.
The Role of the School Nurse
For all student health-related matters, the school nurse is employed by the school district and works under the direction of a school nurse supervisor and a medical doctor. School nurses are trained to assess symptoms of illness. The school nurse is authorized to determine whether or not a student may be present in school due to symptomatic conditions. While there may be some level of inconvenience that results from a nurse’s orders, symptomatic children may need to isolate at home and/or see a medical provider in order to return to school. Please know that this is to reduce risk of school-based infection and to offer the opportunity for continued care of the sick child. Bottom line: Nurse's orders are final for a child to be in school.
Stay Home When Symptomatic or Ill
Students and staff who have symptoms of infectious illness, such as influenza (flu) and COVID-19, should stay home and see their healthcare provider for testing and care, regardless of vaccination status.
Thank you for your continued understanding and support.