Coronavirus Information

Coronavirus Information

COVID- 19 Testing / Contact Tracing Plan


COVID-19 TESTING
The NY State Department of Health guidance serves as the mandatory baseline of health and safety protocols for school districts to follow.  Testing is part of a continuum of mitigation efforts that includes mandatory daily screening, testing for symptomatic individuals or exposures and contact tracing in the event of a positive case.

The district has a plan in place in which any positive cases will be tracked through established contact tracing protocols and in coordination with the local health department.

If anyone has or is suspected of having COVID-19 symptoms, they will be referred to their primary care physician, urgent care center or the Otsego County Department of Health to be directed to a testing site.    
 
In the event that a large-scale testing will need to be conducted at the school, the district administration will work with the Otsego County Department of Health and Bassett Healthcare.
 
 The district will consult and work closely with the Otsego County Department of Health on a case by case basis. 

COVID-19 CONTACT TRACING

The Oneonta City School District Superintendent, or his designee, will notify the state and local health department immediately upon being informed of any positive COVID-19 diagnostic test result by an individual within school facilities or on school grounds, including students, faculty, staff, and visitors of the district. 

The district will assist with contact tracing by: 
  1. Keeping accurate attendance records of students and staff members 
  2. Ensuring student schedules are up to date 
  3. Keeping a log of any visitor which includes date and time, and all school locations which were visited. 
When possible, the district will close off potential contamination areas for a 24-hour period, after which the areas will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. Where closure of a potentially contaminated area is impractical, the area will be immediately cleaned and sanitized by custodial staff utilizing appropriate PPE. 

Confidentiality must be maintained as required by federal and state laws and regulations. School staff should not try to determine who is to be excluded from school based on contact without guidance and direction from the Otsego County Department of Health. 

Collaboration with Otsego County Health Department 
Every positive COVID-19 result in New York State is reported to the local health department automatically, and they will do a case investigation. The positive person and/or their parent/guardian will be notified by their healthcare provider of their results. Upon notification of a positive test result, the local health department will speak with the positive individual and/or their parent/guardian in order to get a history of their activities and potential exposures. The person will be issued an isolation order to isolate for at least ten days and until they are 72 hours of being fever free without a fever reducer and generally feeling better. 

The case investigation process will include gathering close and proximate contacts from the communicable period. The communicable period begins 48 hours before a person’s symptoms begin, or if asymptomatic, 48 hours before the test was given. If a positive individual identifies a school building as a place they have been within their communicable period, the local health department will work with the school district’s COVID liaison to gather the list of contacts and place them in quarantine. Contacts will receive a call from the local health department and are then placed in a 14-day quarantine from the time they were last exposed to the positive individual. Although we advise anyone in quarantine who is not feeling well to be tested, a negative test result will not get the individual out of quarantine until the 14 days have passed. No one will be placed in quarantine until there is a positive test result.

 

School Contact Information

Social and Emotional Needs

Counseling staff will be available by phone and email during regular school hours for the extent of the school closing. Counselors will be checking their messages on a daily basis.

If you have an emergency or are in crisis, please call 911.

High School (607) 433-8243 
School Counselors  
   Mrs. Garcia x2121[email protected]
   Mr. Kaschak x2122[email protected]
   Mrs. Segal x2123[email protected]
School Psychologist  
  Mrs. Szerszen x2234[email protected] 
School Social Worker
 
  Mrs. Foster x2127[email protected] 
School Nurse  
  Mrs. Hassickx2124[email protected]
 MIddle School  (607) 433-8262 
School Counselors  
  Mr. Mason x3435
  Mr. Scanlon x3454[email protected] 
School Psychologists  
  Mrs. Rutherford x3430[email protected]
  Mrs. Zimmerman x3430[email protected]
School Nurse  
   Mrs. Carrx3427 [email protected]
Greater Plains  (607) 433-8272 
School Counselor  
  Mrs. Herger x4403[email protected] 
School Psychologist  
  Ms. Rutherford x4406[email protected] 
School Nurse   
   Mrs. Depperman x4402[email protected]
Riverside (607) 433-8273
School Counselor  
  Ms. Hoosex5403 [email protected] 
School Psychologist   
  Mrs. Beckerink x5406 [email protected]
School Nurse   
   Mrs. Lanex5402 [email protected] 
Valleyview (607) 433-8252 
School Counselor   
  Mrs. Hoffmanx6403[email protected]
School Psychologist   
  Mrs. Zimmermanx6406 [email protected] 
School Nurse   
   Mrs. Zakalax6402 [email protected]
 

NYS Contact Information

Novel Coronavirus Hotline : 1-888-364-3065
    staffed by members from the NYS Department of Health 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Otsego County Department of Health: 607-547-4230 

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