What do I do if ….?

Please select a scenario or link based on your personal situation at Questar III BOCES:

What do I do if I have COVID symptoms?

  1. Symptomatic individuals, regardless of vaccination status or recent infection, should:
      • Stay home when sick until symptoms improve.
      • Use a home testing kit each day while symptoms remain.
      • When symptoms have improved, test the morning of the day returning to school or work.
        • It is recommended that you be tested at school or work upon arrival with either a rapid antigen or molecular test.

What do I do if I’m COVID Positive?

  1. If you receive a positive COVID-19 test result (at home or a lab test,) regardless of your vaccination status, stay home and isolate for at least 5 complete days and follow the NYSDOH ISOLATION
    • Staff: Report the positive to your supervisor and the COVID Coordinator.
    • Students: Notify building principal, school nurse and/or teacher.
  1. Identify any individuals that would be considered a close contact to your supervisor/building principal.
  2. If asymptomatic or symptoms are improving on Day 5, you will be eligible to end isolation.
    • Complete ISOLATION Affirmation upon completion of required 5-day isolation.
      1. For Staff: provide it to your supervisor and the COVID Coordinator.
      2. For students: submit the document to building nurse
    • After leaving your isolation, you must continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others for 5 additional days (days 6-10)
    • Individuals who are required to wear masks in school should wear masks on school transport.
    • Whenever persons are expected or required to wear masks, masks may be removed when eating, drinking, singing, going outside, or playing a wind instrument. When masks are removed for these purposes, physical distancing of 6 or more feet should be maintained to the extent possible.

Questar III Contact Tracing Protocols

As outlined in the latest NYSDOH guidance, New Masking Guidance Update Supplemental Information to the “Interim NYSDOH Guidance for Classroom Instruction in P-12 Schools During the 2021-2022 Academic Year”, individual or group contact tracing protocols may be used to identify exposed or potentially exposed individuals. Questar will continue to utilize individual contact tracing protocols in all cases except our Pre-K programs due the nature of the program. Notification will be made to affected individuals.

Close contact definition – someone who was less than 6 feet away from an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinical diagnosis) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. For example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes.

What do I do if I am identified as having an exposure to a confirmed positive case?

  1. Any identified individual that has been exposed or potentially exposed to a COVID positive case, whether at a Questar location or at home, is asked to monitor for symptoms and follow the listed exposure protocols below:
    • It is recommended that you wear a mask for 10 days following a known exposure.
    • You may continue to attend school or work.
    • Whenever persons are expected to wear masks, masks may be removed when eating, drinking, singing, going outside, or playing a wind instrument.
    • When masks are removed for these purposes, physical distancing of 6 or more feet should be maintained to the extent possible.
  1. Complete recommended testing
    • Minimum testing is twice within 5 days
    • Testing immediately – Day 0 (or the day that you are notified)
    • Test Day 5
  1. If symptoms develop during the 10 day period, test as soon as possible and stay home. Notify the school nurse or your supervisor.
  2. If at any time you receive a positive test result, stay home and notify the school.
  3. If not fully vaccinated, frequent testing is strongly encouraged for 5 days after an exposure:
    • Testing immediately – Day 0 and test every day through Day 5
    • If symptoms develop during the 10 day period, test as soon as possible and stay home. Notify the school nurse or your supervisor.
    • If at any time you receive a positive test result, stay home and notify the school nurse or your supervisor.

Close contacts identified at a Questar location or program will be contacted directly by the supervisor/building principal or designee and be notified of the potential exposure.

Masking and testing are strongly recommended per the latest NYSDOH guidance. Home test kits will be provided by Questar as needed.

Individuals who had COVID in the last 90 days are exempt from testing except if they are presenting symptoms.

If an individual fails to comply with recommended testing, then individuals who are not up to date on COVID-19 vaccination should stay home for 5 days after exposure.

Individuals who are up to date on COVID-19 vaccination are encouraged to complete the recommended testing but are not required to be excluded from school unless by policy of the school or local health department, as long as they wear a mask as recommended.

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 If you have any additional questions, contact Michelle Provost, COVID Coordinator, or Craig Hansen, Director of Health & Safety.   

 

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