Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19 Protocols

Dear VCS Families,

We would like to thank you for your cooperation and efforts to protect our community and ask that you continue to exercise care and caution. Whether you have a child who is ill, a positive case to report, or have been contacted about quarantining due to a potential contact with COVID-19, there are different steps you need to take and we understand it can be confusing. That is why the district worked with the Albany County Department of Health to compile important information to help guide your decisions.

The FAQ we are supplying you with today deals with isolation and quarantine protocols, a list of symptoms to watch for that meet the COVID-19 clinical criteria, how to report a positive case, the latest guidance from local, state and federal sources, and more. Please review all the pages and links that are included to get answers to questions that are being frequently asked regarding positive cases in school.

One key point to note:

  • If you have a child who is symptomatic, the health department asks that you keep other unvaccinated siblings home (even if they are asymptomatic) until a negative COVID-19 test is provided for the symptomatic child.

The district will be rolling out diagnostic and surveillance testing for staff and a piloted student population this week. Full implementation starts next week. We will provide further details about this testing on Thursday.

Sincerely,

Frank Macri
Superintendent of Schools