Contact tracing is a public health function performed by local public health departments to trace all persons who have had contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19. This allows public health officials to put in place isolation or other measures to limit the spread of the virus.
The local health department will notify BOCES 2 of positive COVID-19 test results for any student, staff or visitor. The BOCES 2 COVID Coordinator will notify the local health department immediately upon learning of a positive COVID-19 test among students, staff or visitors. The local health department will respond and perform a thorough investigation. BOCES 2 will fully cooperate with all contract tracing efforts as directed by the local health department.
In cooperation with the local health department with tracing the transmission of COVID-19, BOCES 2 has developed and implemented a plan to assist in contact tracing efforts in accordance with protocols, training, and tools provided through the New York State Contact Tracing Program.
BOCES 2 will assist with contact tracing by:
- Keeping accurate attendance records of students and staff members;
- Ensuring student schedules are up to date;
- Keeping a log of any visitor which includes date and time, and which rooms in the building they visited; and
- Assisting in any way possible in tracing all contacts of the individual in accordance with the protocol, training, and tools provided through the NYS Contact Tracing Program
Confidentiality must be maintained as required by federal and state laws and regulations. School staff should not try to determine who is to be excluded from school based on contact, without guidance and direction from the local health department.
The local health department will take the lead on isolation/quarantine and release orders and provide recommendations to BOCES 2 regarding action plans in response to a COVID-19 positive case.