DCS COVID-19 Update

Posted on 01/10/2022

DCS COVID-19 Update: Initial response to NYS and Local County Public Health transition from pandemic response to endemic integration. Please review closely the following information concerning Length of Quarantines, Diagnostic Testing for Students and Staff, and optional Test to Stay Program (coming soon).

Length of Quarantine Reduced to 5 days

In an effort to keep our students in school, Herkimer BOCES and its 10 component school districts worked with Herkimer County Public Health Department to create a plan that eliminates or shortens quarantines due to COVID-19. The plan centers on the latest guidance from the New York State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control.

The plan shortens quarantines from 10 days to 5 as measured from the onset of symptoms or the date of a positive COVID test, whichever is earlier—as long as the child wears a well-fitting mask for days six through 10. A summary of these changes are described below.

Most cases will fall under one of the three scenarios outlined below:

Scenario #1:  If you test positive for COVID-19, then you must quarantine for a minimum of 5 days, with day zero being the day of symptom onset. If you are asymptomatic (free of symptoms) after day 5, or if symptoms are improving/resolving and 48-hour fever free, then you may return to school on day 6. However, you must continue to wear a mask, with strict adherence, for an additional 5 days. 

Scenario #2: If you are unvaccinated and exposed to a positive person (forcing you into a precautionary quarantine), then you must quarantine for a minimum of 5 days, with day zero being the day of symptom onset. If you are asymptomatic (free of symptoms) after day 5, then you may return to school on day 6. However, you must continue to wear a mask, with strict adherence, for an additional 5 days.

Scenario 3: If you are fully vaccinated and exposed to a positive person, then you do not have to quarantine as long as you are asymptomatic (free of symptoms). However, you must continue to wear a mask, and strict adherence, for 10 days. 

Diagnostic Testing for Student and Staff


Free diagnostic COVID testing will be made available for students and staff. Please do not send your child to school with symptoms - DCS will arrange for students and staff to be tested using the diagnostic COVID tests provided us by NYS. Please contact your child’s school building nurse to arrange the pick-up of a free diagnostic test or to arrange for testing at DCS. We will do our best to accommodate you.

A completed and signed parent permission and consent form will be required for any student tested at school by our school nurses. Parent permission and consent forms will be sent home, made available on our website, and will be made available for pick-up at school starting the week of January 10, 2022. 

Test to Stay to begin “soon” at DCS

Local County Department of Health Offices approved the revised Test to Stay protocols and procedures outlined by the NYS Department of Health. Test to Stay means that your child can stay in school for in-person instruction after exposure to someone with COVID provided the following conditions apply: The student is asymptomatic (free of symptoms), The student was exposed at school, The student must test Day 1, Day 3, and Day 5 (with ALL negative COVID testing results), and the exposed student consistently and properly wears their mask. 

We are working hard to finalize the logistics of our Test to Stay Program. We anticipate launching the DCS Test to Stay Program by mid to late next week. We appreciate your patience as we want to ensure accountability for our in-house/at school DCS Test to Stay Program. A separate notification outlining the details for our Test to Stay Program will be made available to families within the next few days. 

As always, please contact me directly if you have any questions or concerns. Please know that we are working hard, but smart, to apply the daily changes to state and county COVID guideline changes with the continued goals to provide all of our students with the very best education possible, and to keep all students, staff, and families safe. Thank you for your continued patience and support.

Sincerely,
Joseph J. Gilfus
Superintendent of Schools


Test to Stay Program
Starting January 10, 2022

In an effort to keep our students in school, Dolgeville CSD, Herkimer BOCES and other regional school districts worked with Herkimer County Public Health Department to create a plan that eliminates quarantines of healthy individuals and shortens quarantines based on the latest guidance from the New York State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control.

Test to Stay replaces precautionary quarantines with testing as a way to continue attending school in person. It also shortens quarantines from 10 days to five as measured from the onset of symptoms or the date of a positive COVID test, whichever is earlier—as long as the child wears a well-fitting mask for days six through 10. In summary, Test to Stay means that your child can stay in school for in-person instruction after being exposed to someone with COVID.

Click here for additional information on the Test to Stay Program including:
- Conditions that apply to the program
- When and where students will be tested for Test to Stay
- Logistics of Test to Stay
- Case Sceneries

Rapid COVID Testing Permission Form
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