January 18, 2022
Dear Carmel Community,
On January 13, 2022, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) aligned its isolation and quarantine guidance, with a few exceptions and clarifications, with the recent Centers for Disease Control (CDC) updated guidance.
This updated guidance supersedes the essential worker portion of the December 24, 2021, NYSDOH Shortened Isolation Guidance, and the January 4, 2022, NYSDOH Interim Updated Isolation & Quarantine Guidance.
Updated Guidance & Resources
- NYS Department of Health Isolation & Quarantine Guidance: January 13, 2022
- Isolation & Quarantine Tables
- Contact Tracing & Case Investigation FAQ
- FAQs for Schools
- FAQs for Employers
Updated Guidance Summary
Please refer to the NYS Department of Health Isolation & Quarantine Guidance from January 13, 2022, for the update in its entirety. A summary of the updates as it relates to our schools is included here:
Quarantine Exception for Schools (K-12)
- Any exposed student or staff member who is not vaccinated must quarantine for five (5) days. Individuals may return to school after their quarantine period if they are symptom-free for 24 hours without the use of medication and do not have a runny nose/productive cough.
- All fully vaccinated students and staff can remain in school regardless of exposure.
- Exposed students, teachers, and staff who are vaccinated but did not receive a CDC-recommended booster when eligible must quarantine for five (5) days but can attend or work at school during the quarantine period where masking, distancing, etc., is monitored and enforced. However, these individuals must continue to quarantine as otherwise required outside of academic instruction periods in school. Extra-curricular, after-school, or community activities are not permitted during quarantine.
What To Do if Not Subject to Quarantine
- Wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days from the date of last close contact with someone who is positive for COVID-19. The date of last close contact is considered day 0.
- Get tested at least five (5) days after the date of last close contact with someone who is positive for COVID-19.
- Anyone who was positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days, and has since recovered and remained symptom-free, does not need to get tested after close contact with someone who is positive for COVID-19.
Changes to Contact Tracing
- The Putnam County Department of Health is no longer requiring a report of close contacts from individuals who test positive for COVID-19, and they are no longer recording this data. You should no longer expect to hear from the Department of Health regarding quarantine.
- Effectively immediately, our District will begin notifying families of any exposure in school by class within each building, a practice that most schools are also currently shifting to. This notification will come directly from the school your child attends.
- If your child was in a classroom where a notification has been sent regarding exposure and you are concerned with the status of his/her exposure to an individual who is positive for COVID-19, you can reach out to the building principal. We are ready to assist you with offers of testing options and instructions on what to do when quarantining.
As we have mentioned previously, guidance changes and clarifications are released frequently, and the information is accurate at the time it has been shared. We will continue to keep you updated to the best of our ability as new information is provided to our district. Thank you for your continued understanding and cooperation.
Superintendent of Schools
Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Personnel Services & Technology