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Interim Superintendent: Our nurses follow established COVID-19 protocols

September 23, 2021

Dear Members of the Fort Plain Central School Community:

As we move into the fall season, Fort Plain remains committed to keeping our schools safe for in-person learning for all of our students, all of the time. To continue to meet this goal, we must protect the health and well-being of everyone on our campuses by limiting their exposure to possible illness, including COVID-19.

Our school nurses follow established COVID-19 protocols to determine whether a student or staff member needs to be sent home. If a student or staff member exhibits any of the symptoms or signs listed below with no other explanation for them, they will be sent to the health office for an assessment by the school nurse.

If the school nurse determines that the student or staff member exhibits the following symptoms indicative of the COVID-19 virus, they will be isolated from others and sent home immediately:

  • Fever over 100 degrees
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Loss of smell or taste
  • Persistent cough
  • Headache, congestion, sore throat

Please be reminded to keep everyone safe and healthy, students or staff members should stay home when they have signs of any illness, and they should contact their healthcare provider if symptoms do not resolve after 48 hours. Individuals may be asked to provide a doctor’s note to return to school.

If a student or staff member has been tested for COVID-19, they should remain home until the test results are confirmed negative. If a student or staff member is diagnosed as being COVID-19 positive, before returning to school, they must satisfy isolation protocols (typically 10 days) and have improving symptoms. They also must be fever-free for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medication, per the New York State Department of Health.

Our goal remains to keep our schools open and safe places for teaching and learning. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Jeffery Ziegler
Interim Superintendent of Schools