Updated October 27, 2020
An important part of the Mayfield Central School District’s efforts to promote the health and safety of everyone in our community is the detection of an individual displaying symptoms of COVID-19 as well as the potential for exposure to COVID-19. The measures outlined here are intended to prevent the spread of the disease.
Daily temperature checks
MCSD has established a process for daily temperature checks for all students, staff members and school visitors as they enter district buildings.
Those who have a temperature greater than 100.0°F will be brought to an isolated area at school until a family member can pick them up. The family will be referred to their healthcare provider and provided with information about COVID-19 testing.
Weekly student health screening
The district requires parents to complete an weekly health screening through an online form that will be emailed to parents to complete on Mondays.
Consistent with state guidance, the health screening asks families to take their child’s temperature before they leave for school and check for other symptoms associated with COVID-19. Symptoms of COVID-19 may include: fever or chills; cough; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; fatigue; muscle or body aches; headache; new loss of taste or smell; sore throat; congestion or runny nose; nausea or vomiting; or diarrhea.
Anyone who has a temperature of 100.0°F or greater, who displays COVID-19 symptoms or who answers “yes” to a screening question cannot come to school. If your child has a temperature of 100.0°F or greater or any of the symptoms mentioned above, you should contact your healthcare provider.
Parents also will be asked if their child has: knowingly been in close or proximate contact in the past 10 days with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who has or had symptoms of COVID-19; tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days; experienced any symptoms of COVID-19, including a temperature of greater than 100.0°F in the past 10 days: and/or has traveled internationally or from a state with widespread community transmission of COVID-19 per the New York State Travel Advisory in the past 14 days.
The health checks are an important part of efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. We would also like to note:
- Even on days when parents submit the weekly online health screening, school staff will still conduct temperature checks of all students.
- Data from temperature checks and questionnaires will not be maintained. Only the results (i.e., cleared/not cleared) will be maintained for review.
- If you need any assistance or have questions about how to complete the screening, call your child’s school at 518-661-8222.
Return to school protocols
If a student or employee has shown symptoms of the coronavirus, one of the following must take place before that person can return to school:
- Your health-care provider gives you a conclusive diagnosis of something other than COVID-19;
- You test negative for COVID-19; or
- You are released from isolation by the Department of Health.
Students and employees will be asked to provide documentation from a health care provider of an alternative diagnosis, or a negative COVID test result.
Anyone who is symptomatic for 48 hours and does not receive an alternative diagnosis or a negative COVID test result will be isolated by the Department of Health.
We are aware that these protocols may present challenges for some families, but please know that these protocols are not simply school or district policy. Only the Health Department has the power to release individuals from isolation, which would then allow them to return to the school.
The following Department of Health flowcharts can assist families in navigating the protocols:
Reporting to the state dashboard
All schools in New York state, including the Mayfield Central School District are required to submit a daily report to the state of any confirmed cases of COVID-19 linked to a school. The COVID-19 Report Card is available to the public on the New York State Department of Health website and includes daily case statistics from schools throughout the state.
Mayfield is required to report not only confirmed positive COVID cases connected to the school, but also any instance where someone (such as a student or employee) has shown symptoms of the coronavirus for at least 48 hours, but has not been tested or has not received a conclusive alternative diagnosis within that time. The district will be in communication with the county health department in these cases.
In addition, the state dashboard includes a number that is an estimate of “Lab Reported Positives based on Residential Address” as part of its school COVID Report Card. This estimate may differ from the number of cases that are directly related to the school district, and may include students who reside within the district, but do not attend Mayfield schools. Individual school data on the dashboard is listed separately below this estimated number.
The state’s online dashboard can be found here.
Continuity of Operations
- Board of Education Meetings: District Board of Education meetings will continue to be held in a format consistent with guidelines around public safety, social distancing and large group meetings. Learn how to access board meetings and view upcoming meeting agendas.
Childcare Available To Essential Workers
Childcare options are available at this time for essential health care workers (licensed health professionals, such as: physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, LPNs, and nurse assistants or laboratory personnel), first responders (including, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, police officers and firefighters) and others.
If you are a parent or caregiver who needs child care, please complete this parent need for child care survey. Based on the information you provide, the New York State Office of Children and Family Services may be able to help you find the childcare program you need.
Social and Emotional Resources
Our school counselors, school social worker, and school psychologist have compiled a list of helpful resources for parents and students during this stressful time. Please visit our social/emotional resource page.