Communicable Diseases (COVID, Flu, etc.)

Written by on September 19, 2023

2023-24 Information

The Board of Education, pursuant to Policy 5691 and applicable laws, rules and regulations, is committed to the health and safety of our students and staff. If a student or staff member is diagnosed with a communicable disease it is important to protect the health of both students and staff while minimizing the disruption of the education process. 

Student Guidelines – COVID

Updated – September, 2023

COVID cases are currently on the rise. NYS Department of Health is advising that schools follow the most current CDC guidelines.
The guidelines include 5 days isolation for people that test positive followed by 5 days of mask use (unless 2 tests taken 48 hours apart are negative- after the 5 day isolation).
If your antigen test results1 are positive, you may still be infectious. You should continue wearing a mask and wait at least 48 hours before taking another test. Continue taking antigen tests at least 48 hours apart until you have two sequential negative results. This may mean you need to continue wearing a mask and testing beyond day 10.
Here is the link to the current CDC guidelines:

As with any infectious illness, students and staff who test positive for COVID-19, or who show symptoms, are asked to stay home from school and follow the Centers for Disease Control’s Isolation Guidance.

COVID Testing & At-home test kits 

Testing is recommended for people with symptoms of COVID-19 as soon as possible after symptoms begin. Nurses will not be administering COVID-19 tests in their offices. If a child is demonstrating symptoms, the parent/guardian will be asked to pick up the child from school and follow-up as needed with a personal physician/health provider.

Test kits for at-home use are available at the school nurse’s office, as well as the District Office (5 Chelsea Place) for anyone in need to test students or immediate household members. If you need a home COVID test, please contact the school nurse at your child’s school or the District Office mainline (518-881-0600)

Vaccination Information




Health and Safety Protocols 

Routine cleaning in our school buildings and buses continues to be an important strategy for reducing the spread of illness. High-risk areas such as health offices, classrooms, lunchrooms, athletic rooms, bathrooms and high-traffic areas are cleaned and disinfected at a greater frequency. High-touch surfaces such as bus seats, lunch tables, desks, chairs, light switches and handrails are cleaned at a greater frequency. 

The district shall use disinfectant equipment in large spaces on a routine basis. Hand washing and sanitizing is strongly recommended. Hand sanitizer will be readily available. Increased ventilation in designated areas is also a standard practice, lending to generally healthier environments within buildings. 

Prevention and control of communicable diseases is a shared responsibility of schools, health care providers, parents, students, local and state health departments, and others in the community.


**(Staff Only)For staff guidelines regarding COVID please visit HERE