3/12/21 New York COVID Vaccination Leave –
On March 12, 2021, Governor Cuomo signed into law that employers are to allow employees a “sufficient period of time,” up to four hours of paid leave, per injection to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The law expires 12/31/22.
Kulanu requires employees to send CDC vaccination Card to HR as proof of vaccination per injection.
*Please note, this policy is not retroactive according to New York State law.
12/26/20202 *New* New York State DOH Guidance: Consistent with the CDC’s updated guidance, New York now permits persons exposed to COVID-19 to end quarantine after 10 days, without testing, if no symptoms have been reported during the quarantine period. In addition, the following additional requirements must be met:
This guidance applies only to individuals who have not tested positive to COVID-19.
10/29/20 Guidance After Testing Positive
When we did our initial staff training, in order for someone who tested positive to return to work, CVC guidelines called for a negative COVID test, 24 hours fever free without use of medication (Kulanu opted for 48 hours) and a doctor’s note clearing you to come back to work. Since then, the CDC guidelines regarding the return to work for someone who has tested positive has changed. This is the explanation of new CDC guidance: CDC: Why aren’t survivors required to test negative before returning to work or school? Wouldn’t that be safer? At the start of the pandemic, we did use two negative tests 24 hours apart to indicate someone was safe to come out of isolation -- but over time, research showed that a significant number of people stayed positive past 10 days -- even though doctors couldn’t grow any infectious virus from them after 10 days. That’s why the CDC no longer requires negative tests for clearance. In light of this, we are updating our COVID protocol. A doctor’s note clearing you to return to work is still required and you still must be fever free for 48 hours without the use of medication, but a negative COVID test will no longer be necessary.
Domestic travel is defined as travel lasting 24 hours or longer to states or US territories other than contiguous states (i.e., Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont). Travelers must fill out the NYS Department of Health traveler health form There are generally no quarantine, work furlough, or testing requirements for asymptomatic domestic travelers.
All unvaccinated domestic travelers who have not recovered from COVID-19 in the past 3 months are recommended to get tested 3-5 days after arrival in New York, consider non-mandated self-quarantine (7 days if tested on day 3-5, otherwise 10 days), and avoid contact with people at higher risk for severe disease for 14 days, regardless of test result.
CDC and NYS recommend delaying international travel until the traveler is fully vaccinated. International travelers must comply CDC requirements, which currently include proof of negative test or recent COVID recovery in order to board airplanes headed to the US. Travelers must complete the NYS Department of Health traveler health form.
Currently CDC does not require quarantine, work furlough, or testing requirements for asymptomatic international travelers.
New York follows that recommendation with the following exceptions:
· Fully vaccinated individuals who have not recovered from COVID-19 in the past 3 months are recommended to get tested 3-5 days after arrival in New York from international travel.
· All unvaccinated international travelers who have not recovered from COVID-19 in the past 3 months are recommended to get tested 3-5 days after arrival in New York, consider non-mandated self-quarantine (7 days if tested on day 3-5, otherwise 10 days), and avoid contact with people at higher risk for severe disease for 14 days, regardless of test result.
Travelers from Canada, crossing at land borders subject to the agreement between the governments of the United States and Canada, are permitted to travel in accordance with said federal agreement and need not quarantine solely due to such federally authorized travel. Travelers flying between the US and Canada must follow the CDC guidance for international travel.
The travel guidelines require all New Yorkers, as well as those visiting from out-of-state, to take personal responsibility for compliance in the best interest of public health and safety. For general inquires contact the call the Hotline: 1-888-364-3065 or Ask a Question.
To file a report of an individual failing to adhere to the quarantine pursuant to the travel guidelines click here or call 1-833-789-0470.Individuals may also contact their local department of health.
Dear Families, Employees and Friends:
We are delighted to welcome everyone back to Kulanu! Through the well-planned efforts of our re-opening committees, our school and OPWDD programs are operating on-site with employees and participants maintaining safety protocols. The time it takes to fill out the morning questionnaire, or the evening’s tracing of everyone’s whereabouts are a small inconvenience as we work to keep everyone safe. Masks may not be comfortable, but they are one of the most critical components of our safety protocols- wear them.
The next several weeks will test our systems and your compliance. We continue to rely on Kulanu employees and our families to accurately report any possible encounter with someone exposed to COVID-19. As we celebrate the New Year and perhaps spend more time with individuals “outside” our immediate circle, risk factors increase. It is easy to become complacent when we are in a communal environment. PLEASE- for the health and well-being of every participant and employee- keep up the good work:
- Wear your mask! (If you need a Kulanu mask, just let your program leader know)
- Maintain social distancing
- Wash your hands
- Stay home if you are not well
- Remember there is a 14-day quarantine should you travel to a state or area noted under the travel advisory https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory
Kulanu, “ALL OF US TOGETHER”, can keep everyone safe and healthy during 2020-21 . We look forward to a happy, productive and HEALTHY New Year!
Dr. Beth Raskin
Testing of students and employees will not be conducted by the school. Should an individual report illness or arrive on site with a temperature over the acceptable threshold, they will be denied entry and referred for medical attention. A list of COVID-19 testing sites will be provided.
Our school staff, having received certification for completion of the Johns Hopkins Tracing course, will assist in contact tracing through attendance, making note of cohorts and tracking contact as much as possible within the building. The school has created a contact tracing mechanism that allows us to identity any contact between/among the organization’s employees and cohorts. Nassau County requires that the County complete all contact tracing. Kulanu’s Compliance Officer will provide the County all assistance requested. For information please refer to the NY Forward Safety Plan and the Department of Health Plan posted on this site.