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Click here to visit the ICC Weekly COVID Tracker. This page will be updated weekly on Friday afternoons.
As of January 2022, Quarantine and Contact Tracing guidelines have changed for close contacts and positive cases. Instead of receiving documents from the County Department of Health, individuals are now expected to complete their own affirmation and release forms, which can be found here: Quarantine , Isolation
District COVID-19 News (Updated: April 4, 2022)
Click through below for the latest and past school reopening news updates.
- April 4, 2022: 2021-2022 ICC Fall Operating Plan – Revised March 2022
- February 27, 2022: Superintendent Message: Mask Wearing in Schools Update
- February 9, 2022: Superintendent Message: Update to NYS Mask Mandate for Indoor Businesses
- January 30, 2022: Superintendent Message: Update to NYS Mask Mandate
- January 25, 2022: Superintendent Message – Mask Wearing in Schools Update
- January 24, 2022: Superintendent Message – Health & Safety Protocols
- January 7, 2022: Superintendent Message – New Quarantine / Isolation Guidance
- January 6, 2022: Superintendent Message – At-Home Test Kit Distribution
- January 3, 2022: Superintendent Message – Welcome Back From Break / Test Kit Information
- December 30, 2021: Superintendent Message – COVID information for After Winter Break
- September 20, 2021: Winter Sports Vaccination Information
- September 20, 2021: Superintendent Message – Update to COVID Notifications
- September 17, 2021: Superintendent Message – Changes to COVID Notifications
- September 3, 2021: Superintendent Message – Updates to COVID protocols
- August 10, 2021: Superintendent Message – Regarding Back to School Planning
- August 6, 2021: Superintendent Message – Planning for Reopening
At-Home Testing Program (updated January 31, 2022)
At-Home Testing Program for Unvaccinated Students Exposed in the School Setting
In an effort to return asymptomatic quarantined students and staff to school more quickly, the Ichabod Crane Central School District has implemented a Home Testing Program.
Currently, unvaccinated and asymptomatic individuals identified as close contacts of a COVID-19 case are required to quarantine at home for 5 days.
As an alternative to quarantine, those individuals identified as close contacts in the school setting who are not demonstrating any symptoms of COVID-19 may be allowed to continue to report to school or work if they follow a “home testing program” as follows:
- Complete two at-home COVID tests over the course of 5 days and report each of the results to the school nurse or employee’s supervisor
- Test on Day 3 after the exposure or the first day of school/work if the exposure is on a weekend
- Test on Day 5
- Each test must be completed before reporting to school or work on these dates
- Each test result must be negative in order for the student to attend school or the employee to report to work. Parents are encouraged to inform the school nurse of the results.
- In all cases, individuals who test positive should not attend school or report to work and they should inform the school of their positive test result
- According to the NYS Department of Health, individuals participating in the home testing program will be required to follow quarantine protocols outside of attending school/work
At-home tests will be made available for free to all families and employees who are participating in the Home Testing Program. Please contact the school’s health office to obtain an at-home test kit.
We will continue to work with families and employees on an individual basis to support them through any COVID-related concerns.
NYS & Regional Updates (updated March 4, 2022)
COVID exposure protocol document (March 4, 2022)
Questar III developed this document to share with students or staff who may be exposed to a COVID case.
NYSDOH releases new guidance (March 1, 2022)
Governor announces the end of the mask mandate in schools, effective March 2 (February 27, 2022)
Governor Kathy Hochul today announced plans to end the state mask requirement in schools starting on March 2, 2022.
NYDOH releases testing and quarantine update (February 4, 2022)
The State Health Department released Revised Updated Testing and Quarantine Supplemental Information to the Interim NYSDOH Guidance for Classroom Instruction in P-12 Schools During the 2021-2022 Academic Year.
New York State’s Mask Mandate Remains in Effect (January 25, 2022)
While the Nassau County Supreme Court ruled in the matter of Demetriou et al. v. New York State Dep’t of Health et al. that the Department of Health exceeded its authority when it mandated masks in schools, the ruling was appealed and stayed. As a result, staff and students in public school districts are required to continue wearing masks while on school property. The District has no discretion to waiver or modify the masking requirement at this time.
New York State’s Approach to Isolation and Quarantine (January 14, 2022)
The state updated its approach to isolation and quarantine via a memo to school districts, frequently asked questions for schools, and an isolation and quarantine table. Please visit https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/new-york-state-contact-tracing for more information.
NYSDOH COVID quarantine and isolation in the schools setting letter (January 10, 2022)
Quarantine & Isolation Guidance (January 7, 2022)
For information regarding new quarantine and isolation guidance, click here.
COVID Testing Protocol Chart (January 6, 2022)
For information related to COVID-19 testing, including Surveillance, Exposure, and Point-of-Care, click here.
Guidance for The New York State COVID-19 Vaccination Program for Individuals 12 Years of Age or Older (January 6, 2022)
For more information related to healthcare providers offering COVID-19 vaccinations to adolescents and adults age 12 and older, click here.
Guidance for the New York State COVID-19 Vaccination Program: Vaccination of Children Ages 5-11 (January 6, 2022)
For more information related to healthcare providers offering COVID-19 vaccinations to adolescents and adults age 5 to 11, click here.
Interim Updated Isolation & Quarantine Guidance (January 4, 2022)
This is interim guidance. CDC guidance is in flux and will be reviewed by NYSDOH as it is released. Additional requirements may be added.
Test to Stay Update (December 23, 2021)
The New York State Department of Health provided Local Health Departments (LHDs) with clarification on the new information regarding testing and quarantine, particularly Test to Stay (TTS).
Commissioner’s Determination on Indoor Masking Pursuant to 10 NYCRR 2.60 (December 10, 2021)
Read the Commissioner’s determination about requiring the wearing of face coverings/masks inside schools.
Commissioner’s Determination on COVID-19 Testing Pursuant to 10 NYCRR 2.62 (December 8, 2021)
Read the determination requiring COVID-19 testing of all faculty and staff at all New York P-12 schools.
COVID-19 Reporting and Testing: Emergency Regulation (December 1, 2021)
All schools are required to report COVID-19 testing results to the DOH effective immediately.
Face Coverings for COVID-19 Prevention: Emergency Regulation (November 24, 2021)
Read the emergency regulation concerning the wearing of face coverings/masks in schools.
Return to School Algorithm (November 24, 2021)
For guidance for students who have signs or symptoms after COVID-19 vaccination, click here.
Pediatric Vaccination Guidance (November 10, 2021)
On November 2, 2021, following the Food and Drug Administration’s emergency use authorization (EUA) on October 29, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) endorsed the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice’s (ACIP’s) recommendation for children ages 5-11 to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. This is the first authorized vaccine to be permitted for use in this age group.
All children ages 5 to 11 are now eligible to receive a two-dose primary series of the pediatric formulation Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, effective immediately. Parents or guardians with questions about the vaccine are encouraged to talk to their child’s pediatrician or another trusted healthcare provider. Please review this document here.
Note: This document applies specifically to healthcare providers offering COVID-19 vaccinations to children ages 5-11. Guidance for the New York State COVID-19 Vaccination Program pertaining to individuals ages 12 and older can be found on the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Providers page.
New York State COVID-19 Data Hub (October 20, 2021)
Governor Hochul announced the creation of the NYS COVID-19 Data Hub as a one stop shop on all of New York’s COVID-19 information. You can access it here: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-data-new-york
Interim NYSDOH Guidance for Classroom Instruction in P-12 School During the 2021-2022 School Year (September 2, 2021)
On September 2, the NYS Department of Health released new guidance for schools for the 2021-2022 school year. In this document, schools are advised to work from the prior year’s Reopening Plan, remove outdated pieces, and align it to the current CDC recommendations outlined in the guidance. Please review this document here.
Contact Tracing Guidelines (January 7, 2022)
We have participated with dozens of local school districts, BOCES, and public health officials to create regional procedures for contact tracing that will be in use in several capital region counties. There are several methods we will use to determine close contacts of any positive case in our buildings, and these vary based on whether the contact was student-to-student, adult-to-student, or adult-to-adult, and for each situation in which someone may be exposed – the classroom, on the bus, in the lunchroom or during sports. These have been summarized in a series of flowcharts, available here.
New York State DOH Masking Requirement (August 27, 2021)
On August 27, the NYSDOH issued “Commissioner’s Determination on Indoor Masking Pursuant to 10 NYCRR 2.61”. This guidance requires universal masking of teachers, staff, students and visitors to P-12 schools over the age of two and able to medically tolerate a mask regardless of vaccination status. This requirement will remain in place until modified or rescinded, and is subject to applicable CDC-recommended exceptions.
New York State Travel Updates (June 25, 2021)
As of June 25, 2021, the New York State Travel Advisory is no longer in effect. As such, travelers arriving in New York are no longer required to submit traveler health forms.
Capital Region Vaccine Network
With COVID-19 vaccines readily available, Albany Medical Center has created the online Capital Region Vaccine Network. It compiles information that can help you or someone in your family locate vaccine sites across Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren and Washington counties. Visit the Capital Region Vaccine Network here.
Where to Send Your Questions
If you have questions about our school district reopening plans for our building administrators or specific district departments, please reach out to the appropriate contact below.
High School: Craig Shull (email@example.com or 518-758-7575 ext. 4002)
Middle School: Tim Farley/Anthony Marturano (firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or 518-758-7575 ext. 5002/5007)
Primary School: Andrea Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-758-7575 ext. 6002)
Facilities: Steven Marotta (email@example.com or 518-758-7575 ext. 3501)
Transportation: Dan Doyle (firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-758-7575 ext. 3551)
Food Services: Todd DiGrigoli (email@example.com or 518-758-7575 ext. 3016)
COVID-19 Questions: Michelle Warner (firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-758-7575 ext. 4093)
When To Stay Home & When You Can Return to School (Updated: January 2022)
New York State Dept. of Health Flowcharts (January 2022)
Please refer to the New York State Department of Health COVID-19 flowcharts when determining:
1) Can My Child Go To School Today?
2) If My Child Has COVID-19 Symptoms, When Can They Return to School?
Letter from Ichabod Crane Health Services (October 2, 2020)
The letter below from Ichabod Crane Health Services was sent home with all students at the beginning of October. It is a reminder about when to keep students home/when they can return, as well as the district protocol for isolating ill students in school and how this affects their siblings.
New York State COVID Contact Guidance (October 27, 2020)
This guidance document from the New York State Dept. of Health breaks down the difference between someone being classified as “Contact” of a positive COVID case or a “Contact of a Contact”.
Reopening Plan for 2021-2022 School Year (Updated on August 18, 2021)
Fall Opening Plan
A district-wide reopening task force was created in the summer of 2020 and has continued to meet since that time. Four sub-committees (Academics; Health and Safety; Operations and Athletics; Mental Health and Physical-Emotional Wellbeing) were also created, each of which consists of administration, Board members, teachers, parents, health and safety experts, medical professionals and community members. These four sub-committees have also continued to meet regularly to inform the task force and district operations, and have reviewed a plethora of resources including updated CDC guidelines from July 2021, guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics, Questar III documents and guidance provided by the New York State Education Department from August of 2021.
The school district has designated the Superintendent, Suzanne Guntlow as their COVID-19 Safety Coordinator. This individual shall be responsible for the continuous compliance with all aspects of the school’s reopening plan, as well as any phased-in reopening activities necessary to allow for operational issues to be resolved before activities return to normal or “new normal” levels.
The school district has designated Michelle Warner, Nurse Coordinator as the COVID-19 Resource Person, primary point of contact upon the identification of a positive COVID-19 case, and to be responsible for subsequent communications. This person shall be responsible for answering questions from students, faculty, staff, and parents or legal guardians regarding the COVID-19 public health emergency and the plans being implemented in the school.
The following principles guided the Ichabod Crane Central School District’s reopening plans:
- Ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of our students and adults
- Returning all of our students back to the classroom for in-person instruction
- Equity and access for all students within our diverse school population
- Preparation and planning to seamlessly pivot between in person, remote, and a hybrid learning environment
The Ichabod Crane Central School District’s school reopening plans are student-centered with a safe and effective learning environment at its core. The following is the detailed plan for the Ichabod Crane Central School District.
Ichabod Crane 21-22 Fall Opening Plan (Updated August 27, 2021)
Frequently Asked Questions, COVID-19 Testing & Safety Protocols (Updated: August 26, 2021)
Testing Information Provided by Columbia County DOH:
Columbia County COVID-19 Testing Sites (as of 8/2/2021)
Those seeking testing are advised to contact the site for insurance eligibility and testing hours
- New York State DOH, 888-364-3065
- CMH Copake Rapid Care, call for appointment, 518-329-3902.
- CMH Valatie Rapid Care, call for appointment, 518-758-4300.
- WellNow Urgent Care, Hudson, 518-267-3496. CVS-Valatie, call for appointment, 518-758-2200.
- Pine Plains Pharmacy, online preregistration required, 518-398-5588.
- CareMount Medical Urgent Care, Rhinebeck.
- CVS-Red Hook, call for appointment, 845-758-9612.
- Community Care Physicians, Latham, 518-863-3600.
- Whitney Young, Albany, 518-465-4771.
- Priority 1Urgent Care, Guilderland, 518-867-8040.
- Rite Aid-Colonie, 518-240-1456.
- Central Med Urgent Care, Albany, 518-240-1456.
- Walgreens Rapid Testing, 518-426-2976.
- EmUrgentCare, Albany, Saugerties, West Coxsackie, Guilderland, 518-264-9000 for all locations.
SENIORS & HOMEBOUND RESIDENTS – DO YOU NEED VACCINATION REGISTRATION HELP?
Columbia County Seniors and/or homebound residents in need of assistance getting themselves registered for the COVID-19 vaccine are encouraged to contact the county call center Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The telephone number is 518-697-5560.
COUNTY VACCINATION INFORMATION PHONE LINE
The Columbia County call center dedicated to helping those requiring assistance with vaccine registration is active Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The dedicated telephone number is 518-697-5560.
AT-HOME COVID-19 TEST AVAILABLE
LabCorp currently offers an at-home COVID-19 test at https://www.pixel.labcorp.com/at-home-testkits/covid-19-test-home-collection-kit. This test does not detect antibodies or immunity. It is designed to determine active infection with the virus that causes COVID-19. After completing a short eligibility survey, choose a billing option, which can be through personal insurance, the use of federal funds to cover the cost of this test on your behalf if you’re uninsured, or with a credit card. The test kit will arrive via FedEx. After collecting and returning your sample, the average time to deliver results is one-two days from when your sample is received at the lab, according to LabCorp.
COVID Testing Information/Safety
Due to lack of testing supply, general surveillance testing will use with the Abbott BinaxNOW test or the Quidel SARS Antigen test. Both tests use a gentle nasal swab and provide results in less than 20 minutes.
- ID NOW Molecular Testing Machine Brochure
- ID NOW COVID-19 Product Insert
- Quidel QuickVue SARS Antigen Test website
- Quidel QuickVue SARS Antigen Test patient fact sheet
- FDA COVID Testing Basics
- Customer Memo regarding sterilization of testing swabs
- Medical Swab Sterilization: Comparing Sterilization Methods
- Safety Data Sheet (SDS) for testing swab
- Safety Data Sheet (SDS) for QuickVue SARS Antigen Test
- Safety Data Sheet (SDS) for Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 Reagent
Athletic Surveillance Testing (Added August 18, 2021)
In our fall opening plan, we outlined a three-pronged approach to testing. Point of Care (POC) testing is designed to provide a quick result in the case of a student or staff member who began presenting symptoms at school. General surveillance testing is used to detect asymptomatic COVID-19 infections in students and staff. Athletic Surveillance testing is based on the CDC-reported level of community transmission as indicated in the chart below. Currently, we are only implementing the testing of athletes. Weekly surveillance testing for all student-athletes is required regardless of vaccination status. No testing will be administered without parent/guardian consent. Fill out and submit the consent form for athletic testing here via FamilyID.
Athletes participating in the following sports will test 2x per week
- Girls Volleyball
Athletes participating in the following sports will test 1x per week
- Girls Tennis
- Cross Country
- Field Hockey
- Athletic Surveillance Testing FAQ (August 18, 2021)
- US FDA Fact Sheet on Abbot BinaxNOW test (which will be used for athletic testing) (English)
- Hoja de datos de la prueba BinaxNOW COVID-19
HVAC/Filtration Information (Added: August 31, 2021)
When we surveyed parents last spring, we heard several concerns about our HVAC systems and the filtration/ventilation in our buildings. We have conducted a full inventory of our HVAC equipment and its capabilities. The full report also includes information regarding efficiency and recommendations. You can see the report here.
Public Health Emergency Continuation of Operation Plans (Revised: March 2, 2021)
VIDEO: In-School COVID-19 Testing Demonstration (Added: January 6, 2021)
Watch this brief video for a demonstration of the in-school COVID-19 student testing process.
COVID School Report Card (Added: September 14, 2020)
Click here for the link to the New York State COVID-19 School Report Card site. The district is required to make the link to this database publicly accessible for our families.
FAQ About School Reopening (Updated: August 23, 2021)
View the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document. This page will be updated as needed.
District Safety Protocols (Updated: April 2021)
- Face Mask/Covering Protocols (Updated: August 2021)
- Physical (formally Social) Distancing Protocols (Updated: August 2021)
- Protocol for Symptomatic/Positive COVID-19 Individual
District NY Forward Business Safety Plan
Each business or entity, including those that have been designated as essential under Empire State Development’s Essential Business Guidance, must develop a written Safety Plan outlining how its workplace will prevent the spread of COVID-19. It must be retained on the premises of the business and must be made available to the New York State Department of Health (DOH) or local health or safety authorities in the event of an inspection.
The Ichabod Crane School District New York State Forward Safety Reopening Plan is available here.
Parent Resources Website for Hybrid & Remote Learning
Check out our Parent Resources Website which has helpful information about many components of this year’s hybrid and remote learning plans should they be needed. You’ll find detailed information about Chromebooks, Seesaw, Google Meet/Classroom and much more.
External Safety Resources for Families
COVID-19 Safety Checklist for Families
- Keeping Your Child & School Safe from COVID-19 (Added: November 9, 2020)
Masks & Face Coverings
- VIDEO: How to Properly Put On & Take Off Face Masks (Added: September 1, 2020)
- Duke Study Confirms Which Masks Are Most Effective
- Encouraging Kids & Students To Wear Face Masks
- Be A Mask Hero
- Whys And Hows Of Face Masks