Great Neck Public Schools
SCHOOL REOPENING 2020-2021
Confirmed COVID-19 Case Protocol
If a student or employee tests positive for COVID-19, the Great Neck Public Schools will work cooperatively with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) and identify students and staff members who have had contact with the individual within 48 hours. It will be determined if the employee and/or student had close contact (within six feet) for 10 minutes or longer without a mask.
The district's COVID Representative/Safety Coordinator, Dr. Joseph Hickey, will contact the Superintendent and the DOH. Employees will be informed of their possible exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace. Parents will be notified by letter that their child may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus.
At the elementary level, the entire class will transition from in-person to remote instruction for a period of 14 calendar days. At the secondary level, the district will work with the DOH to determine close or proximate contact, and, with DOH guidance, determine if quarantine is required.
The district will close off areas used by the person who is infected. Classrooms and/or office spaces will be disinfected, as well as all areas used by the person who is sick, such as bathrooms, common areas, shared electronic equipment, etc.
Confidentiality must be maintained as required by federal and state law and regulations. Responsible parties must cooperate with all state and local health department requirements such as contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine rules.
If an individual tests positive for COVID-19, the DOH will monitor the individual and require them to isolate for at least 10 calendar days and be symptom-free for 72 hours with no fever and no medication to suppress fever. The district will require all individuals who test positive to receive a note from their health care provider before returning to school.
Close contact is defined as being within six feet of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 for a prolonged period of time (ten minutes or longer).
Proximate contact is defined as being in the same enclosed environment such as a classroom, office, or gatherings but greater than six feet from a person displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department. The quarantine period is 14 days from the date of last contact.
Isolation is used to separate people infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, from people who are not infected. People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. The isolation period for COVID-19 is at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms (or test date if asymptomatic) and 72 hours fever free (without fever-reducing medication) and other symptoms have resolved.