COVID-19 UPDATE: Returning to school after illness

The Department of Health has issued updated guidance for students and school staff regarding when to stay home and when it’s ok to return to school after a COVID-19 diagnosis or exposure to a person with COVID-19.

This guidance is outlined in the NYSDOH PreK to Grade 12 School Guidance Toolkit

The Liberty Central School District will follow all NYS Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and New York State Education Department guidance for allowing students or staff members to return to school after exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.

If your child has exhibited symptoms, the student may return to school after being seen by a healthcare provider (physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant) and a negative COVID-19 test, and:

  • Once there is no fever for 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medicines, and they otherwise have no symptoms and are feeling well.
  • If the student or staff member has been diagnosed with another condition and has a healthcare provider written note stating they are clear to return to school.

If a student is diagnosed with COVID-19 by a healthcare provider, they are not to come to school and should stay home until:

  • They are cleared by either a healthcare provider or by the Sullivan County Public Health Services to return to school

 If a student does not see a medical professional and is tested for COVID-19 within 48 hours of symptom onset, they will be assumed to have COVID-19. Sullivan County Public Health Services may mandate quarantine and begin contact tracing.  The student may return to school only after:

  • It has been at least 10 days since the individual first had symptoms; and
  • It has been at least three days since the individual has had a fever (without using fever-reducing medicine); and
  • It has been at least three days since the individual’s symptoms improved, including cough and shortness of breath.

If a student or staff member has been exposed to someone who is positive with COVID-19, they are not to come to school and should stay home until their quarantine is over and  they are released by Sullivan County Public Health Services.