The teachers and the education director will develop at-home plans, such as loaning works out to students, recorded video instructions of works, live zoom meetings with a teacher and 2-3 students at a time. Remote learning will be offered anytime during which there is full school closure.
Teachers shall refer parents/guardians of sick students to get students tested if they show symptomatic behavior or if they respond yes to any questions listed in the questionnaire. For the sake of determining close contacts, all children will be deemed to have been in close contact due to the nature of Morning Star. Therefore, if a student should be tested and be found positive, or if a student shows symptoms as outlined above in screening, the teacher will inform the board, and the board will inform all parents and teachers of the situation. This will include an email to indicate that a student showed symptoms and resources for where and how children and family members can be tested. As necessary, the board will reach out to local health department resources and officials for up-to-date testing site information.
Teachers who are symptomatic or have responded yes to any of the questions in the questionnaire are requested to get tested and/or see their health care professionals and will inform the board to determine an appropriate date to return to in-person teaching at the school.
Students/parents/guardians will be referred to the NYS Department of Health to determine appropriate testing location. https://covid19screening.health.ny.gov/
“Contact tracing is a public health function performed by local public health departments to trace all persons who had contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.” To aid in public health officials:
Teachers will keep accurate attendance records of students and staff
Teachers will keep records of any visitors (e.g. prospective families or parent volunteers) that includes dates and times
Teachers and the board will assist local health departments in tracing all contacts of an infected individual at school in accordance with the protocol, training, and tools provided through the New York State Contact Tracing Program and this section may be updated to reflect changes in that program.
If teachers or board members get a call from “NYS Contact Tracing” (518-387-9993), they will answer the phone. Note that a contact tracer will: NEVER ask for a Social Security number, any private or school financial information, credit card information, or send a web link without proper authentication procedures.
Privacy and confidentiality laws must be respected. If a teacher or board member is not sure if answering a question breaks such NYS or federal laws, she/he will refrain from answering and report the question to the board to be passed onto legal council when necessary. While Morning Star is not legally bound to follow Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), teachers will follow such guidelines and are prohibited from disclosing medical records. For such questions teachers should direct Contact Tracers to the family. Teachers do have the responsibility to inform the parent of suspected medical issues that the child exhibits within the classroom.