COVID-19 Updates 2021-2022
If anyone (student, employee, or visitor) shows any symptoms of COVID‐19, it is extremely important that they not enter the school building and should contact their healthcare provider for guidance. COVID‐19 symptoms (not associated with previously diagnosed conditions) include:
- Fever or Chills
- Sore Throat
- Cough, Muscle or Body Aches
- Shortness of Breath or Difficulty Breathing
- Congestion or Runny Nose
- Nausea or Vomiting
- New Loss of Taste or Smell
GENERAL ISOLATION & QUARANTINE GUIDELINES
- Exposures/close contacts are individuals who a positive person had close contact with (less than 6 feet away for 15 minutes or more over a 24‐hour period) while they were infectious (two days prior to symptom onset or two days prior to positive test if asymptomatic).
- A COVID POSITIVE STUDENT will isolate until:
- The student is asymptomatic AND receives a negative PCR COVID-19 test, an alternative test validated by a 3rd party medical professional OR
- 10-days have passed since symptom onset or positive COVID‐19 diagnostic test and 24-hours fever free without the use of fever reducing medication AND the student’s symptoms are improving OR
- The student provides written permission to return to school from a healthcare provider
- AN EXPOSED STUDENT will quarantine until:
- 7-days after exposure if they remain symptom free OR
- The student takes a PCR test or an alternative test validated by a 3rd party medical professional on day 5, it is negative AND they are symptom free OR
- 7-days AFTER the household member’s 10 day infectious period is complete if the student is not able to separate from a positive household member
- Exposure/close contacts who are fully vaccinated or who have tested positive in the last 90 days DO NOT NEED TO QUARANTINE. Proof of vaccination OR proof of a positive test result in the last 90 days is required to be excluded from quarantine.
- Student exposures/close contacts who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student where both students were engaged in consistent and correct use of well‐fitting masks do not need to quarantine.
- The Department of Health or the local school district nurse can provide assistance in determining return to school/work dates. A medical provider’s clearance date will be followed if different from school guidance.
- For each positive case, the school will follow the steps below:
- Contact the Department of Health
- Contact the local school district nurse
- Fill out the district required COVID report for each POSITIVE case
- Follow RISE policies in place for cleaning and sanitizing exposed spaces
- Communicate with families of potentially exposed students and the school community as necessary