2021-2022 Contact Tracing, Quarantine and Testing Protocols

  • COVID-19 Contact Tracing

    Patchogue-Medford School District will continue to work in partnership with the Suffolk County Department of Health (SCDOH) to report positive cases as well as those students and staff members who are identified as close contacts. 

    • Any student or staff member exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, should refrain from entering the building and follow-up with their health care provider. Students and staff absences related to COVID-19 should be reported using the Student and Staff COVID-19 Absence Reporting Form, which is located on our District website at pmschools.org.
    • In the event that there is a laboratory confirmed case in a school, all students and teachers in that class who are identified as close contacts, will be instructed to self-quarantine for 10 days since their last exposure to that case. The district will notify the state and local health department immediately upon being informed of any positive COVID-19 diagnostic test result by an individual within school facilities or on school grounds, including students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

    COVID-19 Quarantine Guidance

    • When there is a need to quarantine individuals as a result of close contact, building administrations will contact the impacted students/staff via phone and/or by utilized our Connect Ed phone messaging system.
    • Unvaccinated, asymptomatic students who come in close contact with a positive case will not need to quarantine as long as they were three (3) feet apart, and wearing a properly fitted mask. However, they are encouraged to test 3-5 days after exposure, but not required to test or quarantine.
    • Unvaccinated, asymptomatic teachers, staff or other adults who come in close contact with a positive case will not need to quarantine as long as they were six (6) feet apart, and wearing a properly fitted mask. However, they are encouraged to test 3-5 days after exposure, but not required to test or quarantine.
    • Adults and students who are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine after contact with someone who has COVID-19, unless they are exhibiting symptoms.

    COVID-19 Testing Protocols

    Patchogue-Medford School District is working in collaboration with the Suffolk County Department of Health (SCDOH) on confirmed COVID cases. In addition, please note the following testing protocols:

    • All schools are required to ensure that all staff members have testing for COVID-19 weekly.
    • Staff may opt-out of the mandatory weekly COVID-19 testing by providing proof of Vaccination against COVID-19.
    • The district will offer screening to unvaccinated students on a weekly basis once the geographic area is identified as having a moderate, substantial, or high transmission rate as identified by the CDC.
    • The district will work closely with the Suffolk County Department of Health (SCDOH), as well as local testing sites to support testing.
    • All local testing sites will be posted in a link on the district’s website. Individuals who have questions regarding eligibility or access for testing should call the NYS COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or visit the NYSDOH website https://covid19screening.health.ny.gov.
    • Anyone identified with possible symptoms of COVID-19 or illness will be directed to the school nurse for further evaluation.
    • Any staff member who screens positive for potential COVID-19 symptoms by the school nurse, or who presents with a temperature greater than 100.0°F, will be sent home immediately with instructions to contact their healthcare provider for assessment and testing.
    • Any student who presents with a temperature greater than 100.0°F, will be isolated immediately until they are picked up from school.
    • Parents/guardians will be provided with instructions to contact their healthcare provider for assessment and testing.
    • Anyone sent home for with new or worsening COVID-19 related symptoms, will not be allowed back into the schools or offices without a negative PCR COVID-19 test, or written clearance from a healthcare provider stating that the student or staff member does not have COVID-19 symptoms and providing an alternative diagnosis for the symptom(s) presented. If the individual does not provide documentation, they will be excluded from work or school for a minimum of 10 calendar days from symptom onset.
    • In each of our schools, the school nurse has been designated the COVID-19 facilitator assigned to monitor timelines and follow up with all students or staff who are sent home. The nurses will work in collaboration with building administration and the district's COVID-19 Coordinator. The district will keep close contact with the SCDOH regarding all potential, reported and confirmed cases of COVID-19, and they will continue to work closely with the SCDOH as they monitor health conditions.

    COVID-19 Vaccines

    Individuals seeking information regarding the COVID-19 Vaccine should contact their medical provider or visit the NYS website at https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/