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2021-2022 Quarantine Protocols for Students

2021-2022 Quarantine Protocols for Students

 

This guidance is consistent with data and information available as of August 16, 2021 and may be updated as necessary as the situation evolves.

 

Staying home when sick is the first line of defense for mitigating the spread of COVID-19. It is important that we educate staff, students and their parents on the symptoms of COVID-19 and the importance of staying home if they have any of the symptoms or if anyone in the household tests positive for the disease. Anyone who has symptoms of a contagious illness, such as COVID-19, should stay home and be referred to their healthcare provider for testing and care.

 

Exclusionary Symptoms**

 

Any student exhibiting any of the below exclusionary symptoms must stay home (or be sent home if at school).

 

  •  Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing -or- 
  •  Loss of taste or smell -or- 
  • New or worsening cough  

 

**Additional possible symptoms of COVID-19 include persistent or worsening sore throat, muscle or body aches, fatigue, new onset of severe headache, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea. Although not requiring COVID-19 exclusion, recommending testing in children or staff may be indicated for those presenting with these symptoms.

 

Return to school

 

Positive Cases- Students who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate (stay home) for at least 10 days from the symptom start date or test date (if asymptomatic). A negative COVID-19 test is not required to return to school. Individuals who test positive may return to school as long as the following conditions are met:



  • Ten (10) days have passed since symptoms start date -and-
  • Twenty-four (24) hours have passed since last fever without taking fever-reducing medications -and-
  • There is an overall improvement in symptoms

 

Individuals who are exhibiting symptoms and choose not to be tested will be excluded from school for 10 days from symptom start date. 

 

Students who are excluded from school for exhibiting exclusionary symptoms may return as long as the following conditions are met:

 

  • Provide documentation of a negative COVID-10 test result -or-
  • Alternative diagnosis by a doctor  stating that the individual’s symptoms are due to another illness (flu, sinus infection etc.) A note from a medical doctor that states alternative diagnosis is required. 

 

**At-home COVID-19 test results will not be accepted. Proof of positive or negative test must come from a medical lab (PCR or Antigen Test). 

 

Social Distancing/Identification of close contacts

 

Anderson School District 1 will, as practical, maintain at least 3 feet of social distancing between students and staff. A person will be considered a close contact if they are exposed to a confirmed positive case and have been within 3 feet of that person for a cumulative 15 minutes per day (masks or no masks). Fully vaccinated individuals, with no symptoms, will not need to quarantine. 

 

Quarantine of Close Contacts

 

Exposure to a “confirmed” positive case: 

 

 

  • Student (Non-household)- quarantined for 10 days from last close contact to positive case  (3 feet or less for a cumulative of 15 minutes or more per day within 48 hours of symptoms starting or test- if asymptomatic). Students must be symptom free to return to school. 
  • Student (Household)- quarantined for 10 days from last close contact to positive case  (3 feet or less for a cumulative of 15 minutes or more per day within 48 hours of symptoms starting or test- if asymptomatic). Students must be symptom free to return to school.  If additional household members test positive the student’s return date may be extended.  

 



 

Students and staff on quarantine, with no symptoms, may take a COVID-19 test on or after Day 5 of quarantine and may return after  Day 7 with a negative COVID-19 test. It is imperative that the test date does not occur before Day 5 of quarantine (exposure is date 0). Results from tests before the 5th day of quarantine will not be accepted to return from quarantine early. 

 

For example: 

 

Person was exposed to a confirmed case on 8/17/2021.  Their return date would be 8/28/2021 (10 full days of quarantine).  If the person remains symptom-free they could test on or after 8/22/2021 and could return to work (with no restrictions) on 8/25/2021 with a negative test. 

**Fully vaccinated students will not be required to quarantine if they are exposed to a confirmed positive case as long as they are NOT exhibiting symptoms. Proof of vaccination status is required to return to school.



Previous COVID-19 Diagnosis

 

If an individual has documentation of a positive COVID-19 test (PCR or Antigen test) within 90 days of current exposure, they do not need to quarantine. If it’s been greater than 90 days from positive test date, individuals will need to quarantine (Vaccinated individuals with NO symptoms will not need to quarantine)




Contact for Student Cases: The school nurse is the primary point of contact for student cases