Monitoring Health Conditions
In order to keep our students and staff safe and healthy and maintain full-time, in-person learning, Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES (HFHO BOCES) will be proactive regarding students and staff who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
Students and staff should stay home if they are showing signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Parents should screen their children for COVID-19 symptoms before sending them to school each day. Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
The CDC maintains an updated list of COVID-19 symptoms here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html
Students who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms will be sent home and should not return until they are symptom-free for 24 hours or have a negative test or a specific alternative diagnosis from a licensed medical professional.
Testing Protocol & Responsibility
Any member of the school community who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, has direct contact with a person identified as having COVID-19, or has been otherwise exposed to COVID-19 should immediately seek diagnostic testing. HFHO BOCES will make sure families without regular access to healthcare know where in the community to find testing if needed. Regional testing sites may be found through the NYSDOH’s website: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you
Based on changing conditions of the COVID-19 Pandemic, HFHO BOCES may implement additional testing and screening procedures based on CDC guidance, in order to identify and isolate cases of COVID-19 within the district as quickly as possible to minimize the disruption of full-time, in-person learning and maintain as safe and healthy a school environment as possible.