Management of Ill Persons

  • Regardless of vaccination status, if a student has COVID-19 symptoms they must have a lab negative NAAT(PCR), lab antigen test(rapid), or two negative Over-the-Counter (i.e., at-home or take-home) antigen tests taken 36 hours apart, in order to return.
  • If parents/guardians are presenting the district with two negative Over-the-Counter antigen tests, they must also present the following attestation signed by a parent or guardian.
  • In addition to a negative test result(s), students must be well enough to participate in school, meaning:
    • Not have rhinorrhea (runny nose) or cough severe enough to make mask wearing difficult or unhygienic;
    • Be fever-free for 24 hours without use of fever-reducing medications
  • If a student tests positive for COVID-19, please follow the guidance above.
  • Please also note:
    • There is no exemption to the testing requirement for symptomatic students.
    • Students with symptoms that are attributable to pre-existing medical conditions (e.g., migraines, allergies) and are not new or worsening do not require school exclusion or testing.
    • If a healthcare provider makes a diagnosis of a confirmed non-COVID-19 acute illness (e.g., laboratory-confirmed influenza or strep throat) AND COVID-19 is not suspected, then a note signed by the healthcare provider explaining the alternate diagnosis may be provided to allow a student, teacher, or staff member to participate in school without COVID-19 testing.

Exposed Individuals

  • If a student is up-to-date on their COVID vaccinations, as defined by the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/stay-up-to-date.html they may come to school. Up to date means a person has received all recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster dose(s) when eligible.
  • If a student tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days, they may come to school.
  • If a student is not up-to-date on their COVID vaccination and has not tested positive in the last 90 days, they will be excluded from school for at least five days after their last close contact with an individual with COVID-19.
    • For example:
      • Day 0: Date of exposure.
      • Day 1: Stay home
      • Day 2: Stay home
      • Day 3: Stay home
      • Day 4: Stay home
      • Day 5: Stay home
      • Day 6: Return to school as long as no symptoms have developed.

 

  • State guidance states that all individuals should wear a well-fitting mask around others (e.g., at home, in public) for a full 10 days following the date of exposure.

Testing Positive

  • Regardless of vaccination status, if a student tests positive for COVID-19 they must isolate for a full five days. Students may return to school after day five if they are asymptomatic or if symptoms are resolving.
    • For example:
      • Day 0: Symptom onset or tested positive.
      • Day 1: Stay home
      • Day 2: Stay home
      • Day 3: Stay home
      • Day 4: Stay home
      • Day 5: Stay home
      • Day 6: Return to school if asymptomatic, or if symptoms are resolving.

 

  • If a student tests positive for COVID-19 and took an Over-the-Counter (i.e., at-home, take-home) antigen test, parents/guardians should report the results to their local department of health as well as our school nurse.
  • In order for students who have tested positive and have had symptoms to return to school after five days, they must:
    • Be fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.
    • Have no runny nose.
    • Have no more than an infrequent, nonproductive cough that is not getting worse. Students with a cough must be able to tolerate continuous mask use as breaks are not allowed.
    • Have not experienced excessive or unusual fatigue.
    • Have no persistent headache or muscle aches.
    • Have no nausea, diarrhea or vomiting for at least 24 hours.

 

  • State guidance states that all individuals should wear a well-fitting mask around others (e.g., at home, in public) for a full 10 days following the first day of symptoms (or the date of a positive test, if the student is asymptomatic).
  • Anyone who is moderately or severely immunocompromised should follow the standard 10-day isolation guidance issued previously.