Letter provided to staff and families with COVID symptoms

This letter is provided to staff, children and families who have some of the listed symptoms and are sent home from school.

Dear Parents/Guardians/Faculty/Staff:

New guidance has been issued by the New York State Department of Health for students, faculty and staff who exhibit one or more symptoms of COVID-19.  Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Please share this letter with your Healthcare Provider (HCP) so they are aware of our district’s requirements to return to school.  A Healthcare Provider includes MD, DO, PA, NP.

Any student, faculty or staff member who presents with one or more COVID-19 symptoms at school must go home.

To return to work/school the following will be required:

#1  Documentation of evaluation by a HCP within 48 hours of being sent home from school.  This may include a telehealth visit. 

#2  A negative COVID-19 Test (antigen or PCR) OR an alternate diagnosis*  given by HCP (strep throat, influenza, migraine, allergies, inflammatory bowel disease, etc.)

#3 Symptoms must be improving and student must be fever free for 24 hours.

In the event that a student, faculty or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, our local department of health will let them know when they can return to work/school. If you are not seen by a healthcare provider within 48 hours, the Schenectady County Public Health Department will be contacted to determine when you can return to work/school (usually 10 calendar days after onset of symptoms, must have improving symptoms and be fever-free for at least 72 hours without use of fever reducing medicines to return to work/school). If negative results are not provided within 48 hours from HCP evaluation for a symptomatic student, faculty or staff member they are deemed positive.  They must remain in isolation at home with all family members that work/attend Scotia Glenville Schools and follow the protocols for positive students/staff.  (See NYSDOH Pre-K to Gr 12 COVID-19 toolkit flow sheets C-2 and C-3 available at the top of this page.)

Siblings of sick students will be allowed to remain at school as long as a HCP evaluation is completed within 48 hours and documentation of negative test results are provided within 48 hours of that evaluation.  If the symptomatic student, faculty or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, their family members/siblings will be excluded from school and parents/guardians will be asked to contact their HCP.

* Alternate diagnoses can include a confirmed acute illness (examples: laboratory confirmed influenza or strep throat), or a known chronic condition with unchanged symptoms. If your child has a chronic or pre-existing condition(s) (seasonal allergies, migraines, irritable bowel) and presents at school with symptoms they will still need to see their HCP for evaluation and possibly have a COVID-19 test.  To prevent need for future exclusion from school for symptoms of a chronic condition, you are encouraged to get a letter from your healthcare provider that includes the following: chronic condition, list of expected symptoms, and management plan.)

If you need help with COVID-19 testing please call the NYSDOH Hotline (1-888-364-3065) 

Download the Medical Provider Clearance to Return to School