St. Lawrence County schools not required to perform contact tracing for positive COVID cases
St. Lawrence County schools will no longer need to perform contact tracing for positive individuals.
The New York State Department of Health and the Board of Health for St. Lawrence County Public Health made the decision in compliance with CDC recommendations, according to a statement sent to many North Country parents."It is important to note that contact tracing is not the same as quarantine and all recently updated quarantine requirements and protocols are still in place for schools across the state," the release said.
Going forward, schools will no longer collect information about contacts to report to county health departments, except under limited circumstances.
Families are responsible for notifying school officials about any COVID exposures that occur outside of the school setting.
Schools will continue to notify impacted staff and families if a positive case is found in a district.
Parents are encouraged you to visit their children's school website for current information regarding quarantine.
"One of the keys to ensuring the success of this new approach is rigorous symptom monitoring. Given the large number of positive cases in our region, the safest assumption is that we are all exposed on a fairly regular basis and as such should be mindful of any COVID associated symptom," the release said.