COVID Test Results for Week of April 20

  • To parents and staff,

    Please find here the results of our COVID-19 testing from the week of April 20:

    Covid test results chart

Superintendent's Message - January 18, 2022

  • Dear Mount Vernon Community,

    Today’s update is to provide information on the latest COVID-19 isolation and quarantine guidance issued by NYS DOH and accepted by the Westchester County DOH, and current metrics on COVID-19.

    Additionally, find below our Test-to-Stay Procedures, which is intended for asymptomatic, unvaccinated students or staff who are determined to be a close contact to a COVID Positive individual while at school or who have a documented quarantine order from the Westchester Department of Health. Students or staff that have documented proof of vaccination or a documented diagnosis of COVID in the 90 days preceding exposure are NOT required to utilize the TTS protocol. Our schools currently are equipped with iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Tests to utilize for this protocol or in case of extenuating circumstances related to COVID.

    New Guidance on Isolation and Quarantine:

    Over the past week, the CDC, NYSDOH, and Westchester County DOH have all made multiple changes to current COVID-19 guidelines. Below is the most recent update from the DOH as of Friday, January 14, 2022. It contains a metric for when and where to isolate and quarantine based on any given situation. We are also placing this information on our district homepage at: https://www.mtvernoncsd.org. The New York State Department of Health provided a comprehensive memo issued to school districts that you can find at: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2022/01/Quarantine%20and%20Isolation %20Guidance_1.14.22.pdf

    The DOH has also eliminated their obligation for contact tracing. However, we are still notifying parents and staff of affected cases via the district website and providing multi-layered mitigation strategies to keep our schools safe from the spread of COVID. The district will continue to implement periodic COVID testing to further ensure safety for staff and students.

    Yours for the Sake of All Children,

    -Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton
    Superintendent of Schools

Test-to-Stay Procedures

  • Test-to-Stay (TTS) program allows asymptomatic unvaccinated students or close contacts to return to school if they are in close contact with a positive individual. Details are as follows:

    1. TTS is intended for asymptomatic unvaccinated students who are determined to be a close contact to a COVID positive individual while at school or who have a documented quarantine order from the Westchester County Department of Health. Students who have documented proof of vaccination or a documented diagnosis of COVID in the 90 days preceding exposure are not required to utilize the TTS program.
    2. Once a student has been identified, all the necessary test kits will be distributed to a student to perform at home in the morning prior to arriving at school. The school nurse must receive an email prior to the start of the school day with a picture of the negative result. The test must be labeled in marker with the date.
      Example of labeling test
    3. Testing must be performed every day before school on days 1-5 after exposure. (day 0 is the day of exposure)
    4. The testing schedule will be adjusted depending upon what day after documented exposure the index individual is identified. Students only need to test on days they attend school (no weekend testing).
    5. Students utilizing TTS must always maintain masking. Individual mask breaks, away from others, can be provided as needed.
    6. Those who test negative may attend school but may not participate in sports or after school activities until cleared by the TTS process (after day 5).
    7. Any individual testing positive through the TTS program will be referred to DOH.
    8. If COVID-like symptoms occur while a student is participating in TTS, a negative PCR/NAAT test will be required before the student is allowed to return to school.

People with Exposure who Do Not Have Symptoms

People Exposed with No Symptoms Chart

Superintendent's Message - March 6, 2022

  • Dear Mount Vernon community,

    Good evening, this is Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton, Superintendent of Schools. I wanted to give you a quick update and some good news as it relates to our Covid Testing results from this week returning from winter break. I am very pleased to report that our positive rate for this week’s testing of students and staff was under 1%. This percentage is consistent with the CDC community level tool that lists Westchester in the Low range at this time. We will continue to monitor COVID rates and plan accordingly. Thank you and have a great evening.

    Yours for the Sake of All Children,

    -Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton
    Superintendent of Schools

Isolation for People who Test Positive

Isolation for people testing positive chart

School Building Status

A listing of Mount Vernon schools and the building's current status

NYS COVID Report Card