Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

The Rensselaer County Health Department is administering the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine at pop-up clinics throughout the county this summer. Walk-ins are accepted. Please note, individuals MUST be 18+ to be eligible for this single dose vaccine. View vaccine clinic schedule: https://www.rensco.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Summer-Vaccination-Pop-Ups.pdf

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Coronavirus Updates

This webpage is being updated regularly as new information becomes available. Last updated July 14, 2021.

The East Greenbush Central School District continues to monitor the situation regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). District administrators meet regularly with each other, with the Rensselaer County Health Department and other local school districts. We continue to follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and guidance from the NYS Department of Health and the NYS Department of Education.

New York State Removes Mask Requirement for Summer School Students

Students enrolled in summer school will no longer be required to wear face masks during classes, according to updated guidance released by the New York State Department of Health on Wednesday, July 7. Masks must continue to be worn on buses and when moving inside school. This updated guidance only applies to Summer School. The state plans to send school districts new guidance for the 2021-22 school year later this summer. More information.

Rensselaer County Hosting Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

The Rensselaer County Health Department is administering the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine at pop-up clinics throughout the county this summer. Walk-ins are accepted. Please note, individuals MUST be 18+ to be eligible for this single dose vaccine. View vaccine clinic schedule: https://www.rensco.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Summer-Vaccination-Pop-Ups.pdf

District Continues Planning for Use of COVID-19 Relief Funds

The East Greenbush Central School District continued discussions of initiatives to impact student success through use of federal COVID-19 relief funds at a special Board of Education meeting on Tuesday evening. The meeting was live streamed to the public and served as a follow-up to two previous public meetings on June 9 and June 22 in which proposals were reviewed and discussed. More information.

Pfizer Vaccine Approved for Children Ages 12-15

Starting May 13, all children ages 12-15 will be eligible to receive the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, meaning all state residents ages 12 and up can now be protected against COVID-19. The state made the announcement following approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the NYS Clinical Advisory Task Force.

Parents who would like their children to receive the COVID-19 vaccine should contact their pediatrician or visit the following website to view and schedule appointments: https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov. You can also call the New York State COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829). More information.

Quarantine Policies

Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department.

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.

Return to School Requirements Following COVID-19 Symptoms

The East Greenbush Central School District has shared updated state requirements for when students can return to school after showing COVID-19 symptoms. The process requires the student to be examined by their health care provider, who has the option of ordering a COVID test or giving a different diagnosis (e.g., a chronic condition unrelated to COVID-19).

If the health care provider orders a COVID test, the student can return to school only with a doctor’s note or the negative test results. Students or staff who have been tested for COVID-19 should remain at home while the results are pending.

If a COVID test is not ordered, the student can return to school with a doctor’s note stating the alternate diagnosis.

Food for Families

During this challenging time, the East Greenbush Central School District is providing food to families in need from our school community. This service is open to anyone. If you are in need of food, please contact Athletic Director Michael Leonard at LeonarMi@egcsd.org or School Social Worker Audra Di Bacco at DiBaccau@egcsd.org to make arrangements for pickup or delivery. Donations are also being accepted on Mondays from 3-5 p.m. around the back of Columbia High School.


About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an illness caused by a virus that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a new coronavirus that has spread throughout the world. COVID-19 symptoms can range from mild (or no symptoms) to severe illness.

Symptoms

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever (temperature of greater than 100.0° F in the last 14 days)
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

COVID Testing Sites

COVID-19 testing sites can be found at the following link: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you.

Prevention

The NYS Department of Health recommends the following ways to minimize the spread of all respiratory viruses, including COVID-19:

  • Wear a face covering (cloth mask or surgical mask that covers the mouth and nose) when you are in public.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Keep a distance of at least 6 feet to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. If you use a tissue, throw it in the trash.
  • Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Vaccine

Three vaccines have been authorized by the FDA and approved by New York State’s independent COVID-19 Clinical Advisory Task Force: The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine only requires one dose.

Starting May 13, all children ages 12-15 will be eligible to receive the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, meaning all state residents ages 12 and up can now be protected against COVID-19. Parents who would like their children to receive the Pfizer vaccine should visit the following website to view and schedule appointments: https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov

You can also call the New York State COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829). Once you have successfully scheduled an appointment, you will receive a confirmation email that contains a barcode. You will need to bring this to your appointment.

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More Information

If you or a family member begin showing symptoms of a respiratory disease and suspect it may be COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider. Before going to your healthcare provider’s office, inform them that a case of COVID-19 is suspected, and follow their advice.

In addition, New York has established a Novel Coronavirus Hotline, which can provide additional information. Call 1-888-364-3065 with questions or concerns about travel and symptoms. The district will continue to share information as it becomes available.

Please know that, as always, the health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority.

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