COVID-19 Process Information

  • If your child has any signs of illness as outlined here, or is showing new or worsening symptoms of COVID-19, please keep them home from school and consult your primary care provider.

    Quarantine and Isolation Rules
    The Monroe County Department of Public Health has adopted the revised CDC guidelines that permit a five-day isolation or quarantine period for most people exposed to COVID-19. If students or employees are exposed to COVID-19, the quarantine requirements are different based on vaccination status. In all cases, they should watch for symptoms and get tested if any appear.

    • Those who are fully vaccinated are not required to quarantine. 
    • Those who are not fully vaccinated will need to quarantine for five days. They are eligible to participate in the test-to-stay program in order to attend school or work. 

    Under these rules, anyone who tests positive must isolate for five days from the date symptoms started (or the date of the positive test if there are no symptoms). Please note the date of the positive test or the start of symptoms is day 0. Days 1-5 follow that date. This is regardless of vaccination status. If symptoms have resolved at the end of the five days, isolation is no longer required. If symptoms persist, the person must remain isolated until they have resolved.

    Further information is available in the documents below.

    Rush-Henrietta offers a test-to-stay option for students and employees under quarantine for COVID-19 exposure. This provides an opportunity to take a rapid test, receive a negative result, and attend school daily, while still adhering to all other aspects of quarantine protocol. For information on the test-to-stay option, please click here

    Extracurricular Activities
    Students who have been exposed to COVID-19 may have limitations on participation in extracurricular activities.

    • Students who are fully vaccinated AND boosted or fully vaccinated and not eligible for a booster (this includes students aged 5-11) may participate during their five-day quarantine period.
    • Students aged 12 and older who are fully vaccinated and eligible for a booster, but not boosted, may not participate during their five-day quarantine period, even if they test negative.
    • Students who are unvaccinated may not participate during their five-day quarantine period, even if they test negative.

    If Your Child Has Symptoms and Must Test to Return
    The New York State Health Department has changed the rules about what tests are accepted for returning to school after symptoms. A PCR test is no longer required - a rapid antigen test is now acceptable if administered by a healthcare professional in an external setting such as a clinic or doctor’s office. If you are unable to obtain a rapid test for your child, you may get one from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. on school days at Good Shepherd, 3288 East Henrietta Road, following the test-to-stay procedures. Home tests may not be used for this purpose.

    If Your Child Has a Positive Home Test
    If your child takes an at-home COVID test and the result is positive, your child must stay home and follow the isolation protocol. Please notify your child’s school-nurse teacher immediately if this occurs. Those living in the same household should follow the quarantine guidance outlined above. Positive home tests should be reported online within 24 hours to the Monroe County Department of Public Health. You can do that by visiting this site. Please make sure to contact your child’s pediatrician to let them know of the positive test and to seek advice. 

    Please contact your school-nurse teacher if you have questions.

MCDOPH: Quarantine and Isolation FAQ (1/6/22)

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NYSDOH FAQs for Schools (1/13/22)

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