The school will support the local Health Department in contact tracing efforts using the protocols, training and tools provided through the New York State Contact Tracing Program.
Internally, the limited movement of staff and scholars throughout the building will help limit cross-exposure of different cohorts.
The school can support the public health department in the contact tracing program by:
- The use of school video surveillance systems, if necessary, to track movement on school grounds.
- Keeping accurate attendance records of scholars and staff members.
- Ensuring scholar schedules are up to date.
- Keeping a log of any visitors which includes date, time, and where in the school they visited.
Overview of New York State Contact Tracing Program:
New York State has partnered with Bloomberg Philanthropies, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Vital Strategies to create the NYS Contact Tracing Program, a nation-leading initiative to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and make it safer to begin to return to normal again.
Contact Tracers work with people who have tested positive for COVID-19 to identify people they have had contact with and let them know they may have been exposed to the disease.
If you get a call from “NYS Contact Tracing” (518-387-9993), PLEASE answer the phone. Answering the phone will keep your loved ones and community safe.
A contact tracer will:
NEVER ask for your Social Security number
NEVER ask for any private financial information
NEVER ask for credit card information
NEVER send you a link without proper authentication procedures
What is Contact Tracing?
Contact tracing is the process of contacting all people who’ve had contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Contact Tracers have been hired and trained to work with state-of-the-art software to gather information on the spread of the infection. Your participation is confidential.
How the Contact Tracing Program Works
If an individual tests positive, a COVID Contact Tracer will connect them with the support and resources they may need through quarantine, such as help getting groceries or household supplies, childcare, medical care or supplies. The Tracer will work with the individual to identify and reach out via phone and text to anyone they have been in contact with while they were infectious to trace and contain the spread of the virus.
People who have come in close contact with someone who is positive are asked to stay home and limit their contact with others.
Testing, medical and quarantine support for the infected individual and their loved ones will be arranged. The Contact Tracing program will not release names to anyone, and a participant’s information is strictly confidential and will be treated as a private medical record.