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Updated guidance regarding asymptomatic students & staff

The Albany County Department of Health (ACDOH) has updated its guidance regarding asymptomatic individuals who live in a household with someone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and are awaiting results of a COVID diagnostic test. No longer will asymptomatic students or staff be excluded from school or work if they live with someone who is symptomatic pending COVID test results. This includes siblings of students who are symptomatic and awaiting test results. These asymptomatic siblings will no longer be excluded from attending in-person classes, per the ACDOH guidance received Friday, May 21, 2021.

As a result of this updated guidance, the district’s COVID screening tracker will also be updated. Staff and families will see this change reflected on the tracker this week. Please continue to fill out the COVID screening every day.

It is important to be aware that if an active outbreak or cluster does occur within the school setting or it is deemed that the symptomatic student or family member(s) could potentially be associated with an outbreak of COVID-19, the district could reinstate this practice as needed to maintain health and safety in the school community.