Dear Germantown Central School District Parents and Staff,

As expected, COVID-19 guidance for schools in New York State continues to evolve. Last week, the New York State Department of Health outlined changes that are taking place and released a document containing an FAQ, as well.

This new guidance includes updates on contact tracing, quarantine and isolation, and more. The New York State Department of Health is halting its contact tracing program. Therefore, parents will not receive a phone call from the DOH going forward.

The new guidance states that school districts are not “required to do contact tracing when students or staff test positive for, develop symptoms of, or are exposed to COVID-19.” That being said, Germantown CSD will continue to identify close contacts of positive COVID-19 students and staff members. If you are notified by the school district that your child is a close contact, you should follow the guidance from the state DOH found here. The state also provided a quarantine and isolation chart, which can be viewed here. You will no longer receive quarantine and isolation affirmation or release forms. Individuals are expected to do these on their own, they can be found here: quarantine, isolation. The district will send home OTC test kits to any student that may be considered a close contact or has tested positive to assist with less time out of school.

Professionally Yours,

Benjamin Bragg
Superintendent of Schools
Germantown Central School District