Contact Tracing Procedures & Quarantine Protocols
The following are in effect for Lansingburgh Schools as of September 2021. They could be subject to change as the 2021-2022 school year continues and we will update them accordingly.
Contact Tracing Procedures
Once we have a positive case, the starting point for contact tracing is 48 hours prior to the positive individual becoming symptomatic. Anyone in school or on district transportation classified as a “close contact” with the positive individual during that time may need to quarantine.
How Do You Decide Who Is a Close Contact?
We work with the RCDOH to determine close contacts based on a review of mask-wearing, ventilation and physical distancing on our buses and in the school buildings.
Please see these RCDOH approved charts to better understand how close contacts are identified through contact tracing this year. These charts will give you a general idea of how close contacts are identified but ultimately, decisions will be made based on the RCDOH’s review of all unique circumstances of each contact tracing investigation.
The definition of “close contact” is anyone who was within 6 feet of a positive case for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, 3 individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes).
However, there is an exception to that this year in K-12 indoor classroom settings which highlights the importance of everyone properly wearing their facemasks in school. This exception is that any students who were within 3 to 6 feet of a positive student will not be considered a close contact if both the positive student and the exposed student(s) were correctly and consistently wearing well-fitting masks the entire time. This exception does not apply to teachers, staff or other adults in the indoor classroom setting.
Please note, any individuals in our schools who are fully vaccinated will be much less likely to be quarantined than someone who is not vaccinated. If you are interested in having your eligible student vaccinated you can use this COVID-19 Vaccine Finder to find a location.
The quarantine protocols we follow in accordance with the department of health for close contacts are as follows:
- If an individual is identified as a close contact through contact tracing and:
- They are fully vaccinated and asymptomatic (not showing symptoms):
- They may continue attending school/work but must wear a face mask in all public spaces for 14 days, and be tested for COVID-19 between 3-5 days from the exposure date.
- They are fully vaccinated but show symptoms:
- They must quarantine at home for 14 days. They may not report to school or work with any symptoms. Please consult with a primary care provider or the department of health as they may require testing.
- They are not fully vaccinated but asymptomatic (not showing symptoms):
- They must quarantine at home for 10 days. If they develop symptoms during that 10-day period, they must quarantine at home for a full 14 days and inform the department of health of symptoms.