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  • Updated NYS Guidance

    Posted by Brittany Bailey on 1/24/2022 9:05:00 AM

    Dear Edwards-Knox Central School District Families:

    The New York State Department of Health, in compliance with CDC recommendations, has determined that schools no longer need to perform contact tracing for positive individuals.  Most recently, St. Lawrence County Board of Health has also adopted these guidelines.

    In accordance with the updated guidelines, the Edwards-Knox Central School District will no longer be conducting contact tracing.  However, St. Lawrence County Public Health Department may at times request that the school conduct contact tracing when they deem an event to represent a cluster of positive cases or a high-risk exposure.  If this becomes necessary, we will fall back on our previous phone call notification system. 

    We will still be reporting positive cases to the New York State portal daily and encourage parents to check our numbers at the following link:  NY State COVID Report Card

    On the following page you will find some FAQ’s. These are also available to review on our website. Please know that not all our questions have been fully answered.  Throughout the pandemic, we have become accustomed to incomplete information.  I ask for your patience as we await further guidance from the health authorities.

    We are hopeful that this new approach strikes a solid balance of keeping our students in school while staying committed to the overall health of our students and community.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.  

    Respectfully,

    Erin E. Woods



    FAQs Regarding the Latest COVID Response Protocol Update

    What should I do if I know that my child has been exposed to COVID?

    Please see the updated guidance by clicking on the link:  Quarantine/Isolation Protocols

    New York State has established protocols for individuals to self-report their need for quarantine.  If you determine that your child is a close contact and requires quarantine, please contact our school nurse, Erin Geer, to provide the dates of quarantine and complete this Affirmation Form.

    What if my child has COVID symptoms?

    Any student with symptoms, regardless of vaccination status, must have a negative lab NAAT test, lab antigen test, or two negative over-the-counter antigen tests (taken 24-48 hours apart depending on manufacturer instructions) to return to school.  If you need a test kit, please contact our school nurse, Erin Geer.

    If your child tests negative for COVID, the child must still meet the following three conditions to return to school:

    • Be fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication
    • Not have a productive cough, cannot be coughing up phlegm
    • Not have a runny nose 


    Will the school continue to call if my child is absent?

    Yes.  Communication between home and school remains a critical component of our efforts to keep students and staff safe as we continue to respond to COVID.  

    What if my child tests positive for COVID?

    Please be advised that all positive test results need to be reported immediately to our school nurse, Erin Geer, and positive cases are still subject to isolation protocols.  

    The exclusion from school for students who test positive for COVID or for unvaccinated students who are close contacts of a COVID positive individual has been shortened from ten days to five days.  Under specific conditions, these students may return to school on Day 6 of their exclusion.  

    How Do I Determine Day 6?

    Determining Day 6 for a child who has tested positive:

    • If your child is symptomatic, Day 0 is the day of the onset of symptoms
    • If your child is asymptomatic, Day 0 is the day your child was tested

    What Are the Specific Conditions for Returning on Day 6?

    For the child who has tested positive for COVID:

    • Not have a fever for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medication
    • Have resolution of symptoms or all symptoms improving
    • Not have a runny nose
    • Have no more than minimal, non-productive cough (i.e., not disruptive to work and does not stop the person from wearing their mask continuously, not coughing up phlegm)

    Other Notes:

    • When returning to the school setting on Day 6, for the remainder of the ten-day isolation, your student must consistently and correctly wear a well-fitting face mask or a higher-level mask such as a KN95. The mask should fit with no air gaps around the edges.  Such masks are available at the health office.
    • A member of the nursing staff will call on Day 5.  The purpose of this call is to determine if the child can return on Day 6.  While we want all students to return as soon as possible, we need to ensure that the child qualifies for an early end of isolation for the health and safety of all students and staff.

     

    COVID Testing Options:

    The response to the COVID pandemic is being refocused from contact tracing and quarantine to a system that now emphasizes monitoring and testing.

    One of the keys to ensuring the success of this new approach is rigorous symptom monitoring.  Given the large number of positive cases in our region, the safest assumption is that we are all exposed on a regular basis and as such should be mindful of any COVID associated symptom. 

    Easily accessible testing is the second key to this new approach.  Testing sites are now open at SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam.  Information for these test sites is available at the following links:

    Free home test kits may be requested from the Federal Government at the following:

    Each week, New York State is supplying home test kits to schools.  Unfortunately, the shipments received are only a fraction of what is needed to send home with each student.  Test kits will be supplied on a first come, first serve basis as our supply allows.  

    If you wish for the school to send a test kit home with your child, please contact your child’s school nurse.

    Please note that the home tests provided by New York State and distributed to school families require two negative tests taken 24-48 hours apart depending upon manufacturer instructions.  It is important to note that a child who tests negative with a home test may not be able to return to school until a second test is administered.  This may exclude a child from school for two or more days.  

    Home tests are to be reported to Public Health only if positive.  Tests are to be reported at:  Positive Home Test Result Reporting

    Has there been a change to the return to play protocols for athletes who test positive?

    Currently, we are still following the protocols in place.  However, a Section X committee is reviewing the protocols and will make a recommendation soon.

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  • Delay 1/21/2022

    Posted by Brandi Graham on 1/21/2022

    With the current wind chill we are on a two hour delay this morning, Friday, January 21, 2022.

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  • BOE Meeting 1/25/2022

    Posted by Brandi Graham on 1/19/2022

    The Board of Education meeting scheduled "As Needed" on January 25, 2022 has been canceled. The next scheduled meeting will be held on February 8, 2022.

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  • After School Activities Canceled

    Posted by Brandi Graham on 1/19/2022

    All after school activities have been canceled for today, Wednesday, January 19, 2022.

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  • Booster Information

    Posted by Brandi Graham on 1/14/2022

    Dear Edwards-Knox Parents and school community,

    As many of you know, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine has been authorized for use in individuals 5 years of age and older, and the Pfizer Booster Shot has been approved for individuals 12 years of age and older. Additionally, the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson Booster shots have been approved for individuals 18 years of age and older.

    No student or staff member in the Edwards-Knox Central School District is required to receive a COVID-19 Vaccine, however, we would like to take this opportunity to remind you that the recommended quarantine and isolation periods for any given situation are determined by a variety of factors, including vaccination status. Per updated CDC and NYSDOH guidelines, if your child 12 years of age or older is eligible for a booster shot (5 months past their 2nd shot) they must receive the booster in order to be deemed “fully vaccinated.”

    Currently, St. Lawrence County Public Health is hosting multiple vaccine clinics, including the following booster clinics:

    For more information, we encourage you to visit the St. Lawrence County Public Health website. If you have any questions please feel free to call their office at (315) 386 2325 or visit stlawco.org.

    Best regards,

    Erin E. Woods

    Superintendent

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  • Updated NYS Guidelines COVID-19

    Posted by Brandi Graham on 1/14/2022

    January 14, 2022

    Dear Edwards-Knox Families and Caregivers:

    As you may be aware, NYSDOH recently shortened the recommended quarantine period for school-based cases. Please note that the recommended quarantine and isolation periods for any given situation are determined by a variety of factors, including vaccination status

    We encourage you to read the Updated Isolation and Quarantine Guidance for additional information on the changes to COVID-19 protocols in school. This document includes detailed information regarding quarantine/isolation periods, contact tracing, and masking. 

    We understand that these changes may generate confusion among our district community. We anticipate receiving additional clarification from our local health department next week, and we will continue to provide support as we transition to these new guidelines. In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding COVID-19, we encourage you to reach out to our school nurse, Erin Geer.

    Thank you for your continued partnership as we work to keep our students in school. 

    Best regards,

    Erin E. Woods, Superintendent

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  • Free After School Enrichment

    Posted by Brandi Graham on 1/14/2022

    After School Flyer

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  • Grades 7-12 January Schedule Change

    Posted by Brandi Graham on 1/12/2022

    Students in grades 7-12 will have full day classes during the week of January 24th with the exception of an Early Dismissal on Friday, January 28th due to the cancellation of the January Regents Exam.

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