CORNOAVIRUS (COVID-19) FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT SHOULD I KNOW?

SCCSD families should rely on updates posted by the CDC, World Health Organization, and NYS Department of Health for the most accurate and timely information. We are following the situation closely, and will take every appropriate step to protect the health of our school community.

WHAT DOES THE CDC DO AND WHY ARE THEY A RELIABLE RESOURCE?

  • CDC Protects and Prepares Communities (CDC)

WHAT STEPS SHOULD I BE TAKING?

WHAT SHOULD I TELL MY CHILDREN?

WHEN SHOULD I KEEP MY CHILD HOME?

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I AM DIAGNOSED WITH COVID-19?

  • What To Do If You are Sick with Coronavirus Disease (CDC)

CAN I PREEMPTIVELY REMOVE MY CHILD FROM SCHOOL?

Parents always have the option to homeschool their child(ren) and procure their own teaching materials.

  • The district will not provide materials for long-term absences unless the child has an illness or other legal reason for home-bound instruction. 

  • Until the NYS Education Department, NYS Department of Health, or Oneida County Health Department directs the district otherwise, students who are removed from school will be viewed as truant and subject to truancy laws and regulations.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I SUSPECT MY CHILD HAS BEEN EXPOSED?

Please call your primary healthcare provider with your concerns, and follow their instructions.

WHAT HAPPENS IF A SCCSD STUDENT TESTS POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS?

According to the New York State Education Department and NYS Department of Health: 

When a student or staff member attended school prior to being confirmed as a COVID-19 case, New York State Department of Health requires an initial 24-hour closure, in order to begin an investigation to determine the contacts that the individual may have had within the school environment. That investigation will inform the plan determined by the local department of health as to any further required closure, or other necessary precautions to take for specific classrooms, or for specific individuals. Such plan must recommend actions for future positive COVID-19 cases as well. During that initial 24-hour closure the school shall immediately take steps to clean and disinfect the school building(s) where the student or staff had contact prior to testing positive for COVID-19. That disinfection must be in accordance with NYS DOH guidelines and must be complete before accepting returning students.

WHEN WILL THE DISTRICT CONSIDER CANCELLING LARGE EVENTS AND GATHERINGS?

According to the NYS Department of Education:

The local health department will notify schools if and when a school must close due to COVID-19 and when a school can reopen. School administrators should work in close collaboration and coordination with the state and local health officials to close school and/or cancel large events. Schools are not expected to make decisions about closing or canceling events due to COVID-19 on their own. Schools can seek specific guidance from the State or local health officials to determine if, when, and for how long to take these steps. This does not limit the statutory or regulatory authority of a school board to close a building for other circumstances. The nature of these actions (e.g., geographic scope, duration) may change as the local outbreak situation evolves.

MY FAMILY IS PLANNING TO TRAVEL TO AN INFECTED COUNTRY. WHAT WILL HAPPEN WHEN WE RETURN?

According to the NYS Department of Health:

Students and faculty returning from currently impacted countries or regions of impacted countries will be required by the NYS Department of Health to be under precautionary quarantine for 14 days upon return. This includes school sponsored travel or individual travel (spring break).

WHAT CLEANING PROTOCOLS IS THE DISTRICT OBSERVING?

The district is following the guidance of the NYS Department of Health and the Cattaraugus County Health Department in creating and implementing all cleaning protocols.

WHAT INCREASED CLEANING IS THE DISTRICT DOING?

The district is already engaging in increased cleaning protocols due to flu season. As recommended by the Cattaraugus County Health Department and the CDC, we continue enhanced environmental cleaning practices such as disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and performing deep cleans multiple times a week. SCCSD uses hospital-grade cleaning equipment and solutions to help insure that our buildings stay disinfected. We are prepared to escalate our cleaning practices if recommended by local or state health departments. In situations like these, rumors may cause unnecessary reactions and panic. Therefore, we encourage you to get information from credible sources.

  • Special attention is given to shared items, including laptops and classroom manipulatives

  • Touch zones (doorknobs, soap dispensers, handrails, water fountains) are disinfected both during the day and during night cleaning

  • Buses are receiving increased cleaning, and windows are left open when possible to circulate air

  • The district is installing hand sanitizer dispensers in high traffic areas, entrances, cafeterias, nurses offices, and community spaces throughout the district.

WHAT TYPES OF PRODUCTS ARE EFFECTIVE AGAINST THE CORONAVIRUS?

The district is following the guidance of the EPA in selecting cleaning products to limit the spread of the virus.

WHAT IS THE PLAN FOR ADMINISTERING 3-8 TESTS, REGENTS EXAMS, AND AP EXAMS IN THE CASE OF A CLOSURE?

The NYS Department of Education has informed the districts that they are working on guidelines for testing in the event of a closure.