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New York State officially revised its quarantine protocol timetable for close contacts of positive COVID-19 patients to align with the guidance put forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC has adjusted its recommendations, allowing for a 10-day quarantine period if no symptoms are shown throughout the first 10 days. The East Greenbush Central School District recognizes the burden that a 14-day quarantine places on our students, staff, and families, and will honor the new guidelines laid out by state and federal health organizations.

Effective immediately, students and staff members identified as contacts who are not symptomatic may return to school/work after they have completed their 10-day quarantine. Those individuals should complete the COVID-19 Screening Form daily throughout their quarantine period.

A negative test result does not allow staff or students to return to in-person learning before his/her quarantine is over. If you receive a COVID-19 test, please do not enter any school building until the results of the test are known and until your quarantine period is over.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever (greater than 100 degrees), cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

If anyone experiences these symptoms, they should immediately self-isolate and contact the school district, the Rensselaer County Department of Health and their primary health care provider to determine if they require a COVID-19 test.