Coronavirus: Public health officials release guidelines for reopening Greene County schools

Coronavirus: Public health officials release guidelines for reopening Greene County schools
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GREENE COUNTY — Greene County Public Health released their guidelines for schools to reopen in the county for the 2020-21 school year.

Included in the department’s guidelines are daily symptom checks for all students and staff members before arriving to the building, communication guidance for positive cases, and classroom occupancy limits.

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Face masks or coverings are recommended for all students in grades 3-12, and masks will be required for all school staff and volunteers. Public health officials urged for individual districts to develop their own face mask policies.

Other items outlined in the guidelines released by Greene County Public Health:

Daily Symptom Assessment

  • Any person planning on entering a school building must conduct daily health checks prior to going to school, including temperature checks and other symptom checks. Anyone experiencing one or more of the common COVID-19 symptoms is encouraged to stay home.

Returning to School After Positive Case

  • Following a positive test, an individual will be required to stay home from school until they are free of a fever, without medication, for three days, symptoms have improved, and its been at least 10 days since symptoms appeared. If they are asymptomatic, the isolation period starts at the test date and will last for 10 days.

Restricted Activities

  • Public health officials urged restricting some activities such as choirs or choruses, due to a high risk of transmission, caused by aerosols potentially generated.
  • No field trips or overnight trips.
  • No school dances or assemblies
  • Library items should be removed from circulation for 72 hours after the item has been returned.