September 28, 2021
Dear Carmel Parents & Guardians,
Late last week, the Putnam County Department of Health provided updated guidance for students returning to school after exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, or when diagnosed COVID-19 positive.
As a reminder, please continue to do wellness checks on your child(ren) each morning before sending them to our school buildings. If your child is feeling ill, even with mild symptoms, please do not send them to school. You are our first line of defense in combatting the spread of COVID-19 and your diligence will help ensure that our buildings stay safe and can remain open.
Individuals with symptoms of COVID-19 should receive an NAAT test (most commonly, the PCR test) prior to returning to school. Alternatively, there are instances where a healthcare provider may provide a clear alternate diagnosis. Typically, a return to school may occur after one of the following:
- resolution of symptoms and fever free for 24 hours PLUS a negative COVID PCR test; OR
- positive COVID test (an antigen test will suffice here), AND release from isolation.
The New York State Department of Health’s expectation is that all schools require a negative NAAT result for people with new or worsening symptoms of COVID-19 to return to school.
Currently, individuals who have tested positive are NOT required to test negative before returning to school after completion of isolation.
Antigen tests are typically for screening purposes only. A negative antigen test on a symptomatic individual is not acceptable for a return to school, currently.
Additionally, an antigen test might be accepted if a variety of conditions were met. Putnam County is currently considered an area with HIGH transmission, and because of this, we are not able to accept negative antigen test results from an individual with symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
If you have any questions regarding returning to one of our buildings. Please email email@example.com. Stay safe and be well!
Superintendent of Schools
Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Personnel Services & Technology