COVID-19: Student Exposure / Close Contact
- A general email notification is made to students and staff who may have been exposed.
- Contact tracing continues and a list of students and staff who were close contacts of the individual are contacted.
- Close contacts are provided with information regarding testing, masking, and quarantine period, if any.
Students who are required to quarantine are also provided with information on how to reach out to their teachers to request classwork and access to instruction during their absence.
What does "exposure" mean?
Note: A confirmed case of COVID-19 does not mean all students in a classroom or at a school were exposed or will get sick. The contact tracing process is utilized to determine the individuals who were potentially exposed and should take precautions.
What does it mean to be a "close contact?"
- Requirements to continue in-person instruction or quarantine instructions, if any.
- COVID testing resources.
- Timeline to monitor health after exposure.
- Information on how to access coursework and assignments if a quarantine period is necessary.
Note: A student who passes by someone who tests positive for COVID-19 in the hallway, bathroom, or outdoor space does not make the student a close contact of the ill individual.
Does my student have COVID-19 if they are a close contact?
A positive COVID-19 test result is required to confirm illness. Being a close contact does not mean that your student is infected with COVID-19. A close contact is an individual who may have been exposed to the virus and may become infected and spread the virus to others before developing symptoms. Therefore, close contacts are asked to monitor their health for symptoms of the illness, wear a mask, especially indoors, and test during Day 3-5 after the exposure. If your student shows any symptoms of the virus, it is important to have your child tested.
How will I know if my student needs to quarantine?
- Wear a highly protective mask around others, especially indoors and when near those at higher risk for severe COVID-19 disease, for a total of 10 days after the last contact with a person infected with COVID-19.
- The mask should be a well-fitting medical mask, a well-fitting respirator, or a well-fitting high filtration reusable mask with a nose-wire. (See When To Wear A Mask for details about masks with best protection); and
- Test as soon as possible (within 3-5 days after your last exposure) to determine your infection status. If they test positive, follow all isolation requirements; and
- Monitor themselves for symptoms for 10 days following your exposure. If symptoms develop, test and stay home away from others. If they test positive, follow all isolation requirements; and
- Follow all other steps in the Instructions for Close Contacts to COVID-19.
What if my student tested positive for COVID?
- At least 5 days have passed since the symptoms first started and
- They have not had a fever for at least 24 hours (without the use of medicine that reduces fevers) and
- Symptoms have improved
If your student tests positive for COVID-19 but does not have any symptoms, they must stay home until:
- At least 5 days have passed since the day the initial positive test was taken and
- If they develop symptoms, you need to follow the instructions above
How does my student receive their assignments during isolation/quarantine?
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