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  • The Westchester County Department of Health authorized the updated New York State Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control’s recommendation to shorten the duration of isolation and quarantine related to COVID-19. While COVID and Omicron are still very much with us, this most recent news creates, what Governor Hochul said yesterday, a “glimmer of hope.” We believe that any news that brings more students back to school is reason to be hopeful.

     

    Below is a summary of some of the new guidance that we are planning to implement immediately:

     

    Isolation Requirements

    • Students who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate for at least five (5) days (regardless of vaccination status). 
    • Day 0 is the first day of symptoms or, for asymptomatic students, the day the COVID-19 test was performed.  
    • Students may attend school after the 5-day isolation provided symptoms have improved (i.e., cough and runny nose are resolved), and they are fever-free without fever-reducing medication for at least 24 hours. If symptoms persist after day 5, further isolation will be required.  Certain symptoms such as loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation.  
    • If asymptomatic students develop symptoms after testing positive, the 5-day isolation period starts over. Day 0 is the first day of symptoms. 
    • Students who test positive should continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public for 5 additional days (day 6 through day 10) after the end of their 5-day isolation period if they are unable to wear a mask when around others, they should continue to isolate for 10 days.

    An easy way to follow this new guideline is that you can return to school by adding one week/minus a day from the day you tested positive. As an example:

     

    Tested positive on: January 11

    January 12 is Quarantine Day 1

    January 13 is Quarantine Day 2

    January 14 is Quarantine Day 3

    January 15 is Quarantine Day 4

    January 16 is Quarantine Day 5

    Cleared from Quarantine on January 17 so long as the person does not have any symptoms.

     

    Quarantine Requirements

    • Students who are not vaccinated or have not completed a primary vaccine series (i.e., at least 14 days past the second dose) who came into close contact with someone with COVID-19 must quarantine for at least five (5) days after their last close contact (where day 0 is the most recent day of close contact).  
    • If a student is unvaccinated and asymptomatic they are then eligible to participate in EUFSD’s Test to Stay Program with parent consent to attend school during the 5-day quarantine period.
    • Students are not permitted to participate in sports or extracurricular activities during the 5-day quarantine and are required to quarantine when not in school. 

    Quoting the CDC directly:

    Data consistently show that people who have received all recommended vaccines, including booster doses, have the highest level of protection against COVID-19 from Omicron. Early studies from other countries suggest reduced effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccination against symptomatic Omicron infection, but moderate to high protection in people following a booster dose, although protection decreases as time increases since the last vaccine dose. Given the increased protection against Omicron infection following a booster dose, those who have received a booster dose are at lower risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection and at lower risk of spreading to others after coming into close contact with someone with COVID-19.

     

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  • For More Information About COVID Rent Relief, visit: https://hcr.ny.gov/RRP


    Overview & Eligibility

    The COVID Rent Relief Program will provide eligible households with a one-time rental subsidy that will be sent directly to the household’s landlord. Applicants will not need to repay this assistance. The Covid Rent Relief Program is not first come, first served. Applications will be accepted throughout the two-week application period. HCR will prioritize eligible households with “greatest economic and social need” accounting for income, rent burden, percent of income lost and risk of homelessness.

    The rental assistance payment will cover the difference between the household’s rent burden on March 1, 2020 and the increase in rent burden for the months the households is applying for assistance. Households can apply for up to four months in rental assistance.

    Eligible households must meet the following criteria:

    • Before March 1, 2020 and at the time of application, household income must have been below 80% of the area median income, adjusted for household size. You can find your county’s area median income, based on your household size: www.hcr.ny.gov/eligible-income-limits-80-ami-county
    • Before March 1, 2020 and at the time of application, the household must have been paying more than 30% of gross monthly income towards rent.  Gross income includes wages as well as any cash grants, child support, social security, unemployment benefits, etc.) 
    • Applicants must have lost income during the period of April 1, 2020 to July 31, 2020.
    • See our FAQs below for more information.

    To apply see the application section of this page below.

    HCR has created a dedicated call center to provide residents with help Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. Call the COVID Rent Relief Program Call Center at 1-833-499-0318 or email at covidrentrelief@hcr.ny.gov


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  • NYS Health Insurance
    New York families who do not have health insurance or have lost coverage can apply through NY State of Health through August 15, 2020. The Website is: nystateofhealth.ny.gov. You must apply within 60 days of losing you coverage. If you need more information, please email Nurse Cordero @ ncordero@eufsd.org


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  • Below is the link to a flyer for Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT), which is a new crisis response nutrition program activated as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program provides food benefits to approximately 2.1 million children across the state who lost access to free or reduced-price school meals due to school closures.

    Pandemic Electronic Benefits


    NY State Summer feeding program for children under 18 years old
    Text “food” to 877-877, then text your complete address, you will receive a list of schools nearby providing free breakfast/lunch.

    Westchester Food Distribution List


    Additionally, the EUFSD will be partnering for the following meal distribution options:

     

    Summer Meal Distribution Flyer

    Summer Meal Distribution Flyer folleto de comida de verano

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  • COVID-19 Support Services

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  • P-EBT Information Flyer

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  • TIPS
    The following are some ways to avoid viruses during cold and flu season:

    • Avoid exposure – Avoid close contact with people who are sick with fever and cough.
    • Wash hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue away and wash your hands.
    • If someone in your home is sick, clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces such as door knobs and faucet handles with a bleach solution. This is especially helpful during flu season, and any time.
    • Stay home when you are ill to avoid exposing others.
    • And of course, get a flu shot if you have not already done so.

     

    The following are non-pharmaceutical interventions that we are advised to take during the outbreak of any communicable disease:

    1. Stay home when sick
    2. Sick students and staff should be excluded from school and all school-related activities - It was noted that schools are not expected to screen students or staff to identify cases of COVID-19.
    3. Hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette
    4. Routine cleaning of our schools

    Health officials said that if one comes into contact with someone who tested positive, you should:

    • You must stay at your residence all the time, during the period you are quarantined. You should avoid having company at your residence, and keep a log (list of names, phone numbers, and addresses) of anyone who goes into or out of your residence while you are under quarantine. Others in your residence are not restricted from their activities.
    • You will need to take your temperature with a thermometer twice a day: in the morning and later in the day, and record your temperature in a temperature log.
    • You can live with other family members in your home, but you should sleep in a separate bedroom and use a separate bathroom until the quarantine period is over.
    • During this time period, you should avoid close contact of social and dining activities. Food should be delivered to your individual quarters.
    • You may walk outside your house on your own property, but should not come within six feet of neighbors or other members of the public. You must refrain from walking in your neighborhood.
    • Symptoms of COVID-19 include: fever, cough, and / or shortness of breath. If you develop any of these symptoms, you should put on a face mask immediately to prevent other people in your household from becoming sick.
    • If you have a true emergency, call 911 and let the person that answers know that you are under quarantine for COVID-19.
    • If you have any questions or if you need assistance with daily living (e.g. food, laundry, etc.), you can call 311 and ask for assistance.
    • If you have concerns about your employment status, SCDHS can provide you with a letter asking your employer or school to excuse you from work or school.

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    For more information about novel coronavirus, go to:


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