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Return to School After Illness

If a student is sent home from the Health Office or absent from school with symptoms of COVID-19 to return to school, according to the New York State Health Department and New York State Education Department students must meet three requirements.

  • Health care provider note clearing a person to return to school and
  • Negative Covid-19 test and
  • Symptom resolution, fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medicines, and they have felt well for 24 hours.

If Covid-19 positive, release from isolation by Onondaga County Health Department.

Symptoms of COVID -19 per CDC guidance

  • Fever or chills(100 F or greater)
  • 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 and/or diarrhea

If your child is absent or will be coming to school tardy please notify Mrs. Rachfal, Holy Family School Nurse. Feel free to leave a message on the answering machine at any time, 315-487-3111. The three requirements are also needed to return when sent home ill from Before/After School Program

Covid-19 Testing Sites

Upstate Golisano after hours at Community

COVID-19 testing for children

Hours M-F 4:00 pm-10:00 pm, Sat and Sun noon -8:00 pm. No appointment needed.

NBT Bank Stadium –Upstate University Mobile Unit

Saliva sample testing for school-age students and staff.

Hours M-F 9:00 am-1:00 pm. Appointment needed 315-464-2582 select option 4


800 E. Water Street

Adults and children nasal swabs. Appointment needed 315-464-2582 select option 0

Syracuse Community Health Center

819 S Salina Street

Hours M-F 9:00 am-5:00 pm Saturday 9:00 am-1 pm. No appointment needed.

WellNow Urgent Care Centers

Testing is also available at some primary care offices, call for details

Check Out Photos Of Sample Classrooms


New Information - Testing & Contact Tracing Protocol (from Onondaga County Health Department)

Testing and Contact Tracing Protocol.pdf

Click this link for an easy to follow, user-friendly review of Holy Family School's reopening plan

Reopening Plan Slides


Cloth face coverings are meant to protect other people in the case the wearer is unknowingly infected but does not have symptoms.

All students and staff at Holy Family school are required to wear a face-covering and maintain appropriate social distancing when in the school building and grounds. Mask breaks will be given to students during the school day instructed by the classroom teacher when students are six feet apart.

Acceptable face coverings include but are not limited to cloth-based face covering, (e.g. homemade sewn, quick cuts, bandana) and disposable surgical mask that cover both the mouth and nose.  The CDC does not recommend the use of face shields as a substitute for cloth face coverings because of lack of evidence as to their effectiveness.

Students and parents/legal guardians are responsible to supply and maintain face coverings. Holy Family School does have a supply of disposable face masks for students if they forget their own or soil their mask during the school day.

Attached is a file – Kids Mask Wearing, excellent tips and suggestions to help parents work with their child to develop the skills to wear a mask for the school day.


Check this page for all the latest COVID-19 related updates and information!

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this uncharted, everchanging territory together. We went into this in March together and it is by the strength of our faith and community that we are coming through this. We are truly blessed by every member of our Holy Family "family".

Temperature Checks:

We will be requesting that parents/caregivers do a temperature check at home and bring/send the information in with the student. If that is unavailable, we will screen at the door. There will be 2 people taking temperatures at the door. According to guidelines from NYSDOH.

Here are some links to information that you may find helpful:




Please click the links below to open the detailed DOH/NYSED document and/or a quick overview of the current Reopening Plan. Again, thank you for your continued support and patience.

HOLY FAMILY Re-Opening Portal Template for Districts 2020-2021 (2) (1).docx