Important COVID Updates
Due to the ever changing guidance from the NYS Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control (CDC), we are providing everyone with how Chateaugay Central School District will manage isolation/quarantine, contact tracing, results from At-Home Test kits, and what we will require for any child who is symptomatic and receives a negative test result using an At-Home Test kit. In this message, we will also share commonly asked questions from the Department of Health along with the list and registration links to upcoming Vaccination Clinics.
We appreciate all the times parents have reached out to us to notify us of positive cases. We also recognize the heavy burden parents whose children have been isolated and quarantined multiple times. You’ve been so patient, even when it was incredibly inconvenient....MORE
Testing and Vaccination Information
UPDATED - Franklin County Public Health has provided a list of vaccination sites. Please CLCK HERE for the most recent list of sites, dates and location.
FEH BOCES has information about testing. Please CLICK HERE for details about where and when to get tested.
NYS Department of Health FAQ sheet - CLICK HERE
Some helpful links for weekly schedules:
Chateaugay Central School Agreements for Reopening for 2021-2022
● All staff, students, and visitors inside all school buildings and buses
o Exceptions as necessary for legitimate medical tolerance issues
● 3 feet where practical inside
o Focus should be on in-person learning
o Inability to provide physical distancing should not exclude students from
● Buses – Not required
o All students and adults will wear masks at all times
o Careful thought should be put into seating throughout the route to encourage physical distancing for as long as possible.
▪ Fill every other seat with 1 person or family members first
▪ Fill remaining empty seats with 1 person or family members next
▪ Only double up seats as needed last
● The CDC no longer recommends temperature screenings or screening questionnaires at school.
● Students and staff who are ill should remain home.
Cafeteria (7-12th grades only)
● 3 feet physical distancing where practical
● Masks when not eating
*Elementary students will eat breakfast and lunch in their classrooms.
COVID-19 Testing at school, isolation, and quarantine
● As provided by county health department/BOCES Testing Program
Testing will not be required for vaccinated students or employees
● Testing will be pool testing vs. the nasal swab
o No Testing will take place without parental consent: Please use this link to give testing consent for your student:
● Outdoor sports do not require masking
● Inside sports require masking
● Spectators required to mask at all indoor events
● Spectators - 3 feet physical distancing where practical
● Testing is required for high risk sports - unless athlete is vaccinated
● Recommendation of 3ft physical distancing where practical
● Required to mask if performing indoors
● Recommendation that all eligible artists be vaccinated
● The CDC recommends school leaders continue to collaborate with the local Department
of Health to confidentially provide information about people diagnosed with or exposed
to COVID-19 in their school communities.
● According to the CDC, people who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine after
contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms.
● All eligible students and staff are encouraged to be vaccinated
Full Remote Option
● Not mandatory
● Will be an option through FEH BOCES
Updated August 23, 2021
Subject to change based on additional official guidance and regional transmission rates
From The School Nurses' Office
Welcome to the 2020-21 school year! We hope that you have had the opportunity to review the Chateaugay Central School District Reopening Plan. The reopening plan provides our stakeholders with important information regarding the health and safety of our students. You may find the CCSD Reopening Plan at www.chateaugaycsd.org. As you know, Chateaugay Central School District must comply with the guidelines set forth by the Department of Health and Department of Education. It is important that we work together to keep our students and school community safe. Please keep your child/children home from school if they currently have, or have had any of the following symptoms within the last 24 hours.
Acute respiratory illness
Fever greater than 100 degrees
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Sore throat or cough
New loss of taste or smell
Nasal congestion or drainage
Head or muscle aches
Nausea or vomiting
If your child/children are sent home from school with the above symptoms your child/children will be required to seek medical attention and be symptom free for 24 hours (without medication) prior to returning to school. You will need to provide the school with a doctor’s note that states your child may return to school.
Thank you in advance for helping us keep our students healthy. Together we can do this! If you have any questions please call Chateaugay Central School nurses’ office at 518-497-6611.
Wendy Magnan, RN - Mary Rounds, LPN
Bessette Health Clinic provides the opportunity for staff testing each Thursday.
In the event that a large-scale testing will need to be conducted at the school, the district administration will work with the following providers: Alice Hyde Medical Center, Bessette Health Clinic and Mountain Medical Urgent Care.
The district is committed to creating a learning environment that protects student and staff health, safety and privacy. Our district will operate under a standard procedure for addressing situations in which an individual has tested positive for COVID-19 or appears symptomatic.
In the event that a student or staff member is sick or symptomatic, notification to exposed individuals will occur pursuant to the state’s contact tracing protocols as implemented by the Franklin County Health Department. The district will not notify the wider community unless specifically directed to do so by local health officials.
Plan For Testing - Employee
Plan For Testing - Student
Public Health Officials assume the task of contact tracing, once notified.
To ensure the school district and its employees comply with contact tracing and disinfection requirements, the Chateaugay Central School District will do the following:
Have a plan for cleaning, disinfection, and notifying Public Health, in the event of a positive case. In the case of an employee testing positive for COVID-19, CDC guidelines will be followed regarding cleaning and disinfecting your building or facility if someone is sick. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/disinfecting-building-facility.html
Close off areas used by the person who is sick.
Open outside doors and windows to increase air circulation in the area.
Wait 24 hours before cleaning and disinfecting. If 24 hours is not feasible, wait as long as possible.
Clean and disinfect all areas used by the person who is sick, such as offices, bathrooms, common areas, shared electronic equipment like tablets, touch screens, keyboards, remote controls, and copier machines.
Vacuum the space if needed. Use a vacuum equipped with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter, if available.
Consider temporarily turning off room fans and the central HVAC system that services the room or space, so that particles that escape from vacuuming will not circulate throughout the facility.
Workers without close contact with the person who is sick can return to work immediately after disinfection.
Chateaugay Central School District COVID-19
Many stakeholders had a hand in creating out back to school plan. This document may change to continue to fulfill the requirements from public health and NYSED. Most importantly this document may change to keep our students safe.
Thank you to all the members of the community who responded to the many surveys and questionnaires we posted. We could not have done this without your help.
We thank you for your patience and support as we continue to face an uncertain future.
Please take some time to read through the plan. We will reach out to the community as the need arises for input to the plan and potential modifications. We hope for nothing but the best for the 2020-2021 school year.