Keeping Healthy Over the Holiday Break

Carolyn Izsak, our school nurse coordinator, has shared some COVID-19 safety tips to help keep our Lexington family safe over the upcoming Thanksgiving break.  Click here to view the letter in ASL. 

November 2022

Dear Families,                                                                                                                                   
With increasing numbers of respiratory viruses such as COVID-19, the Flu and RSV reported this Fall and Winter seasons, we would like to continue to keep our Lexington family safe after the upcoming Thanksgiving break.
 We encourage all students to get tested for COVID-19 regardless of vaccination status, especially after traveling and/or attending gatherings.  To do so, please see the steps you and your child can take to remain safe.
When should my child take the Covid home testing kits?
  • Take the first test at least 48 hours (2 days) after a gathering or a known exposure to COVID-19.
  • Take the second test 24-48 hours after the first test.
  • If your child has recovered from a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the last 90 days (3 months), they do not need to take a test and should attend school after Thanksgiving break if they are feeling well and have no symptoms of illness.
  • If your child develops symptoms, they should stay home and get tested; have them take an at home test or speak to your healthcare provider about testing.
What should I do if my child tests positive on one of the tests?
  • Students who test positive for COVID-19 need to isolate for at least 5 days following the first day of symptoms (or the day they tested positive if they have no symptoms).  They may return to school on Day 6 if they have no symptoms, or their symptoms are improving and they have not had a fever for at least 24 hours (one full day) and are not taking any fever reducing medicines.  If they have shortness of breath, difficulty breathing or continue to have fever, they need to contact their health care provider immediately.
  • On their return to school, they should continue to wear a mask for 5 additional days.
  • Inform the school nurse that your child has tested positive so that all can be appropriately notified of possible exposure.
As always, we encourage all, 6 months and older to receive updated COVID-19 and Flu vaccinations.  COVID-19 vaccination is free to all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration or insurance status.
We wish you and your child a healthy and restful break.
Carolyn Izsak MS RN                                                                                                                                           
Nurse Coordinator                                                                                                                                           
 Health Services