Student Pick Up

If a student fails a health screening or shows symptoms of COVID-19, the student will be assessed by the nurse on site. If it is confirmed that the student is showing symptoms of COVID-19, the guardian of the student must be immediately contacted and advised to pick up the child. If the guardian cannot be reached, the school must contact the emergency contacts on the student's Blue Card. Please note that failure of the guardian or emergency contact to pick up the student in a timely manner does not warrant a report to the New York State Central Registry (SCR), unless accompanied by additional concerns or suspicions regarding the student’s safety which would require that a report be made in accordance with Chancellor’s Regulation A-750(Open external link).

Failing a Health Screening: Students

Any student who fails their health screening (i.e., answers yes to any of the health screening questions below) should be escorted to a school-designated room (this can be the medical room) per the guidance below and must be picked up by a family member, or, for students who are dropped off, sent home with a family member prior to entering the building, if possible.

If a student fails the health screening question #1, then the school must ensure:

The student should be escorted to the school’s designated area for family pick up.
Students in the designated area must wear a face covering and sit six feet away from other students and staff members.
Family should seek medical attention.
Principal or designee calls the Situation Room at 212-393-2780.
Student must immediately isolate for 10 days.

If a student fails the health screening question #2, then the school must ensure:

The student should be escorted to the school’s designated area for family pick up.
Students in the designated area must wear a face covering and sit six feet away from other students and staff members.
Family should seek medical attention.
Principal or designee calls the Situation Room at 212-393-2780.
Student must immediately isolate for 10 days.

If a student fails the health screening question #4, then the school must ensure:

The student should be escorted to the school’s designated area for family pick up.
Students must wear a face covering and sit six feet away from other students and staff members.
Family should seek medical attention as needed.
Principal or designee calls the Situation Room at 212-393-2780.
Students must quarantine for 10 days from last exposure if deemed a close contact with anyone who tested positive for COVID-19.

Failing a Health Screening: School-Based Staff

Any employee who fails their health screening will be refused entry to the building by the School Safety Agent/NYCDOE Safety Officer.

Symptoms of COVID-19 While at School
Student Shows Symptoms of COVID-19 While at School

For the 2021-22 school year, schools are not required to have an Isolation Room. All schools must have an area designated to hold students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, but this room can be used for other purposes when not holding an ill student. Schools and campuses should decide on space that can be used; this designated area may be the nurse’s examination room or medical room. Regardless of the designated area, the space must be thoroughly cleaned after holding a student who showed signs of COVID-19. No additional staffing is needed for this designated space, as the nurse or campus health care professional will assess potentially ill students. Should a school have the space, the school may designate a room to be solely used for holding students who show symptoms of COVID-19.

Schools should follow the steps below when a student shows symptoms of COVID-19 during the school day:

A classroom teacher or school aide notifies the nurse that a student is not well and experiencing one or more COVID-like symptoms, including:
Fever of 100.0 degrees F or higher or chills,
New cough,
New loss of taste or smell, and/or
New shortness of breath.

The student showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be escorted to the designated area in the school by a staff member wearing appropriate PPE.
When the ill student is placed in the designated area, the nurse will be contacted and will come to the designated area and assess the student.
Should the nurse/health professional be unavailable at that moment to examine the student, the student must wait in the building’s designated area until assessment is complete.
The nurse will assess if the student was vaccinated against COVID-19 within the past three days.
If the student was recently vaccinated, the student may be experiencing post-vaccine symptoms which include fatigue, fever, headache, and/or chills.

The area/classroom where the student was showing symptoms must be isolated/closed immediately and cleaned prior to re-occupancy. 
The school calls the student’s guardian for pick up.
The student cannot be released to the guardian until the nurse’s health assessment is completed.
Upon arrival of the student’s guardian, a staff member escorts the student to the visitors’ entrance for pick-up by the guardian, reviews the NYCDOE’s “Sent Home With Symptoms” letter with the guardian, and advises the student to visit a doctor and get tested for COVID-19, and provides the information of the closest testing site(Open external link).
The staff member will report the incident to the principal. The principal or designee will ensure that the incident involving the ill student is reported to the Situation Room by calling 212-393-2780 and is documented in OORS.
The Situation Room will provide the principal with a letter to be disseminated to the school community regarding a student exhibiting COVID-like symptoms during the school day.

The school may use any communication platform available to disseminate the letter.

The principal asks a school designee, such as the Parent Coordinator or nurse, to follow up with the family on the ill student’s condition at regular intervals.
The principal and/or designee shares any test results or updates with the Situation Room and in the OORS report.

School-Based Staff Member Shows Symptoms of COVID-19 While at School

Schools should follow the steps below when a staff member shows symptoms of COVID-19 during the school day:

1. The ill staff member immediately notifies the principal that they are not feeling well and are experiencing COVID-like symptoms, such as:
Fever of 100.0 degrees F or higher or chills,
New cough,
New loss of taste or smell and/or,
New shortness of breath.

2. If the staff member was vaccinated against COVID-19 within the past three days, the staff member may be experiencing post-vaccine symptoms which include fatigue, fever, headache, and/or chills. The staff member should go home and can return to work after being fever-free for at least 24 hours.
If the staff member is not considered fully vaccinated, the school will advise the staff member to get tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible.

3. The staff member goes home.
If the staff member does not immediately leave the building and needs to wait for transportation assistance, the staff member may report to the designated area.

4. The area/classroom where the staff member was showing symptoms must be cleaned as soon as possible.

5. The principal or designee will ensure that the incident involving the ill staff member is reported to the Situation Room by calling 212-393-2780 and files an OORS report.


​​​​​​​​BEDFORD ACADEMY HIGH  SCHOOL
Dr. Adofo Muhammad, Principal  |  
Dr. Cluny Lavache, Asst. Principal