Mandatory Health Screenings:
All visitors, staff, and students are subject to mandatory health screenings upon arrival to the building or boarding a school bus. All individuals must have their temperature checked each day. If a visitor, staff member, or student presents with a temperature greater than 100°F they will be sent directly to a separate dedicated area prior to being picked up or otherwise sent home. Staff will be taking student temperatures each day and will utilize a non-contact forehead thermometer. The Hornell City School District will implement mandatory health screenings, including temperature checks of students, faculty, staff, and where applicable contractors, vendors, and visitors to identify any individual who may have COVID-19 or who may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus. Individuals should NOT come to school if they are feeling unwell or have a fever.
Daily Screening Questionnaire
A daily mandatory 4 question survey will be sent electronically to students, faculty & staff that includes whether the individual has:
- Knowingly been in close or proximate contact in the past 14 days with anyone who has tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID-19 or who has or had symptoms of COVID-19;
- Tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID-19 in the past 14 days;
- Has experienced any symptoms of COVID-19, including a temperature of greater than 100.0°F, in the past 14 days
- Has traveled internationally or from a state with widespread community transmission of COVID-19 per the New York State Travel Advisory in the past 14 days.
Ongoing Monitoring Practices
HCSD will regularly communicate and monitor developments with local health department authorities regarding cases, exposures, hospitalizations, and any other relevant metrics that may require a change in school operations. In the event of an elevated number of cases in local health data or in the event of presumed or confirmed cases directly impacting schools or central offices, HCSD will collaborate with the appropriate authorities to implement all necessary health and safety protocols. This could include short-term closure of one or more HCSD facilities until health officials deem it safe to reopen. The Hornell City School District COVID-19 Coordinator shall be the Superintendent of Schools, or in his absence, the School Business Administrator.
Return to School After Illness
If an individual (including students) screens for COVID-19 symptoms such as: Fever or chills, difficulty breathing, fatigue, cough, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea to return to school there must be documentation of evaluation by a healthcare provider (healthcare provider note clearing a person to return to school), negative COVID-19 testing, and symptom resolution, or if COVID -19 positive, release from isolation as required by DOH and NYSED Guidance.
Mandatory Travel Quarantine
The Executive Order of the Governor of the State of New York has mandated that a quarantine of students, faculty, or staff may be required after international travel or travel within certain states with widespread community transmission of COVID-19. Such travel will be disruptive to learning and may necessitate the student or the employee from being unable to attend school. Students at all grade levels will be periodically screened to determine this information, employees will attest to their travels daily.
COVID-19 Positive Cases & Contact Tracing
In the event of a COVID positive individual being present, the superintendent will follow the guidance of the local department of health in determining when a closure may be required and to what extent it will impact the district. Depending on the containment measures implemented, it could be anywhere from a specific group of students to the entire district that needs to transition temporarily to remote learning. The closure may be for 1-5 days or for an extended period of time.
Any individual who screens positive for COVID-19 will immediately be isolated and sent home with instructions to contact their healthcare provider for assessment and testing.
The district will notify the state and local health department immediately upon being informed of any positive COVID-19 diagnostic test result by an individual in school facilities or on school grounds, including students, faculty, staff, and visitors.
The Hornell City School District will rely on the advice and support of the Steuben County Department of Health for assistance in regard to testing protocols, testing responsibilities, contact tracing, and containment should a situation warrant their intervention. The Hornell City School District would support the Steuben County Department of Health in tracing all contacts of the individual in accordance with the protocols, training, and tools provided by the New York State Contact Tracing Program. We would of course cooperate with all state and local health department contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine efforts.