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

Self-Reported Positive Case with Documentation

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. Should a student or staff member self-report a positive case and provide documentation, the principal or designee should do the following:

The principal/designee calls the Situation Room at 212-393-2780 and reports the self-reported case.
The principal/designee submits the lab report by email to the Situation Room at rts@buildings.nyc.gov and awaits next steps.
The Situation Room staff will work to confirm the positive test; some case confirmations are able to happen immediately while others may take up to three hours to verify.

Please note that for self-reported positive tests from non-NYC residents, the turnaround time will be longer.

Confirmed Positive COVID-19 Cases in a School
One Confirmed Case

In the event of a confirmed COVID-19 case, the Situation Room and the school should proceed as follows:

The Situation Room will let the principal know of a confirmed case and to activate the COVID-19 protocols, as listed above.
The Situation Room portal will send the principal or designee instructions for next steps and communications to share with the case, the close contacts and their school community.
Situation Room liaison will confirm with principal or designee whether there is a need for classroom closures, and will review communications, and timing to answer any questions.

The principal must isolate the affected classroom until dismissal; students cannot be sent home early.
If the notification to the principal or designee occurs outside of school hours, affected individuals should be notified immediately so that they do not come to school the next day.
The principal must provide a list of close contacts of the case, which should include fully vaccinated individuals, on the Situation Room’s Close Contacts spreadsheet which will be emailed to them.

Principal/designee will notify the Borough Safety Director.
The principal will receive letters from the Situation Room and will communicate to all families and students at school about the confirmed case:

Families of students who are considered close contacts of the confirmed case must receive a letter stating that their child has been in close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual; this letter gives clear direction to quarantine for 10 days if not vaccinated.
Families of students who are not considered close contacts must receive a letter stating that there was a confirmed case of COVID-19 at the school but that their child is not considered a close contact and therefore there is no need to quarantine.

Classroom closures due to COVID-19 exposure will vary by grade level.

In elementary schools, affected classrooms will remain closed for 10 days and those students will transition to remote learning.
In middle and high schools, individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will not be required to quarantine as long as they are not showing symptoms.

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.

Vaccinated close contacts should be encouraged to get tested for COVID-19.
The Situation Room liaison will follow up with the principal should additional action be needed.

Two or Three Confirmed Cases in a School in Different Classrooms Within Seven Days

In the event of two or three confirmed COVID-19 cases, the Situation Room and the school should proceed as follows:

The Situation Room will let the principal know of a confirmed case and to activate the COVID-19 protocols.
The principal and/or designee must follow all steps as outlined above under “One Confirmed Case.”
Classroom closures due to COVID-19 exposure will vary by grade level.
In elementary schools, affected classrooms will remain closed for 10 days and those students will transition to remote learning.
In middle and high schools, individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will not be required to quarantine as long as they are not showing symptoms.
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.
Vaccinated close contacts should be encouraged to get tested for COVID-19.
The Situation Room liaison will follow up with the principal should additional action be needed.

Four or More Confirmed Cases in a School in Different Classrooms Within Seven Days

In the event of four or more confirmed COVID-19 cases, the Situation Room and the school should proceed as follows:

The Situation Room will let the principal know of a confirmed case and to activate the COVID-19 protocols.
The principal must follow all steps as outlined above under “One Confirmed Case.”
Classroom closures due to COVID-19 exposure will vary by grade level.
In elementary schools, affected classrooms will remain closed for 10 days and those students will transition to remote learning.
In middle and high schools, individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will not be required to quarantine as long as they are not showing symptoms.
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.
Vaccinated close contacts should be encouraged to get tested for COVID-19.
The four (or more) confirmed positive cases will trigger an investigation by DOHMH investigators who will interview cases and school administration to try and determine likely sources of infection for the cases. The school remains open during the investigation.
If the DOHMH investigation determines that there is widespread in-school transmission, the school will close and all students will move to remote learning for 10 days.

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