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

The Situation Room will provide the principal with a letter to be disseminated to the school community regarding an unvaccinated staff member having exhibited COVID-like symptoms during the school day.
The school may use any communication platform available to disseminate the letter.
The principal and/or designee will follow up with the ill staff member and share any test results or updates with the Situation Room and in the OORS report.

Student or School-Based Staff Member Calls Out Sick With COVID-Like Symptoms Or Because Someone In Their Household Is Sick With COVID-Like Symptoms

Should a student or staff member call out sick because they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, the principal or designee must call the Situation Room at 212-393-2780 and await next steps. Individuals who were vaccinated against COVID-19 within the past three days may experience post-vaccine symptoms which include fatigue, fever, headache, and/or chills. In that case, the individual should stay home and can return after being fever-free for at least 24 hours.

Criteria for Returning to School After Showing Symptoms

Any individual (student or staff member) showing signs of COVID-19 can only return to school when all the following conditions are met:
Received a positive COVID-19 test AND
Isolated for 10 days AND
The individual has been fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication and overall symptoms are improving.
OR
Received a negative COVID-19 test since the onset of symptoms (the negative result must have been from a test that tested saliva or used a nose or throat swab, not a blood test) AND
The individual has been fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication and overall symptoms are improving.
OR
Never got a COVID-19 test AND
At least 10 days have passed since symptoms started AND
The individual has been fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication and overall symptoms are improving.
OR
Was vaccinated against COVID-19 within the past three days AND
The individual has been fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication.

Students and Staff Identified as Close Contacts in a COVID-19 Case

If DOHMH or T2 determine the individual is considered a close contact of a positive case, the individual can return to school after 10 days of quarantine without symptoms. The individual must continue daily symptom monitoring through Day 10 and remain symptom free without non-pharmaceutical interventions. Should the individual develop symptoms, the individual must not attend school.

Unvaccinated middle and high school students who are considered close contacts may test out of quarantine in order to return to their classrooms on the seventh day. In order to do so, students should take a COVID-19 test on their fifth day of quarantine in order to re-enter class on the seventh day. Students must submit proof of a negative test through the DOE’s COVID-19 Vaccination Portal(Open external link).

As per the CDC, vaccinated individuals who meet all of the criteria below are not required to quarantine following an exposure to someone with COVID-19:

Are fully vaccinated (i.e. more than two weeks following receipt of the second dose in a two-dose series, or more than 2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine) AND
Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure.

However, it is recommended that fully vaccinated individuals get tested for COVID-19 within 3-5 days after exposure to a positive case.

Please note that fully vaccinated individuals who are considered close contacts should still be included in the Close Contacts spreadsheet shared by the Situation Room. For more information, please see “Guidance for Vaccinated Close Contacts in Situation Room Cases,” below.

COVID Response Situation Room

The NYCDOE, T2, DOHMH, and Department of Buildings have collaborated to create the COVID Response Situation Room (the Situation Room). This multi-agency partnership has been developed to support a swift, organized response to COVID-19 cases among students and staff in schools during the 2021-2022 school year. The Situation Room will facilitate a multi-agency response to any COVID-19 related incidents at all NYCDOE schools, ensuring that the appropriate interventions take place while effectively and quickly communicating updates to school communities. The Situation Room is a “one-stop shop” for handling COVID-19 cases in schools. It is designed to support principals by providing all essential assistance needed for a potential or confirmed COVID-19 case, including verifying cases, providing communications to be shared with school communities, initiating any investigation or contact tracing as needed, and advising schools on next steps.

Contacting the Situation Room: 212-393-2780

The Situation Room serves as a principal’s primary contact any time a COVID-19 related incident arises in a school involving students or staff, including but not limited to:

A notice of a positive COVID-19 test result for a staff member or student
A student or staff member reporting COVID-19 symptoms or sent home with COVID-19 symptoms.

Situation Room hours are Mondays through Fridays from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm, closed on Saturdays, and Sundays from 11:00 am to 3:30 pm.

A principal or designee must always contact the Situation Room with alerts or questions related to COVID-19 incidents in a school. To report a COVID-19 incident, a principal or designee must call 212-393-2780. The Situation Room’s operating hours will be released shortly. For overnight hours, a principal or designee should email rts@schools.nyc.gov which will be responded to once the Situation Room reopens the following day.

All cases called in will receive a response. Principals and their designees may call the Situation Room. Once a call is answered, the principal or designee will be asked specific questions from this Intake Form [link forthcoming] about the COVID-19 case or event in school, including information about the student or staff member, last known location in the school, and possible close contacts. Individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will not be subject to quarantine. The Situation Room will issue automatic notifications to alert other NYCDOE offices.

Guidance for Vaccinated Close Contacts in Situation Room Cases

As mentioned in last year’s Principals Digest(Open external link), vaccinated individuals who are considered close contacts should still be included in the Close Contacts spreadsheet shared by the Situation Room. T2 will contact the vaccinated individual and confirm vaccination status.

Fully vaccinated individuals who are exposed to COVID-19 are not required to quarantine but should still get tested for COVID-19 3-5 days after exposure, wear a mask in indoor public settings for 14 days or until they get a negative test result, and monitor for any symptoms of COVID-19 (Open external link)for 14 days following exposure. If they experience symptoms, they should wear a face covering at all times, isolate themselves from others, be clinically evaluated for COVID-19 (including getting tested) and inform their healthcare provider of their vaccination status at the time of COVID-19 evaluation/clinical testing. Test and Trace liaisons from the Situation Room will contact fully vaccinated staff to encourage them to get tested, discuss whether they have experienced any symptoms and need to isolate.

Potential Positive COVID-19 Cases in School
Self-Reported Positive Case (Unconfirmed Case) In a School

Any student or staff member who self-reports a COVID-19 case while at school will be asked to leave the school, or in the case of a student, a guardian will be called to pick up the student. If a self-reported COVID-19 case occurs after school hours, the principal or designee should call the Situation Room at 212-393-2780 and await next steps.

 For any student or staff member self-reporting a positive case but not providing documentation, the principal or designee should do the following:

Principal/designee calls the Situation Room at 212-393-2780 and the Situation Room will advise on next steps.
Principal/designee will notify the Situation Room upon receipt of any testing documentation.