School Health Information

When to Stay Home

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    • Students who test positive for COVID cannot attend school or school events until the return date they receive from their school nurse or principal

     

    • Students who have the symptoms of COVID (fever, cough, loss of taste, etc.) cannot attend school

     

    • Students identified as close contacts must follow the guidance listed below

Quarantine Guidelines

  • Positive and Symptomatic Students

    Students who are COVID positive or symptomatic are required to quarantine for 5 days regardless of vaccination status. 

    COVID positive students who do not have symptoms can return to school after 5 days from the time of the positive test

    Students who have symptoms of COVID can return after 5 days from the onset of symptoms as long as they have been fever-free and improving for a period of 24 hours or more.

    If the district is in a mask-optional status then the student must wear a mask upon her or his return through day 10. If a student is unable to wear a mask they will have to remain out of school for the entire 10-day period.

     

    Exposures as Close Contacts

    When the district is mask mandated

    Only students who are household members of COVID positive people or people with COVID symptoms are required to quarantine as close contacts.

    When the district is mask optional

    Students and staff who are wearing a mask and are exposed to another person who is also wearing a mask are not required to quarantine if they do not have symptoms.

    Students who are wearing a mask can be quarantined in the circumstances listed below:

    • If they had their mask off for fifteen minutes or more within a 24 hour period AND were within six feet of a COVID positive person in the last 48 hours
    • If they were within six feet of a COVID positive person (student or staff) who was not wearing a mask 
    • If they have COVID symptoms (fever, loss of taste and smell, cough, etc.)

    Students and staff who are fully vaccinated will not be required to quarantine unless they have COVID symptoms.

    • For students under the age of 18 this means that it has been 2 weeks since receiving the second dose
    • For staff and students who are 18 years old and older this requires a booster shot if you are eligible (six months from the second dose of Moderna or Pfizer OR 2 months from the Johnson and Johnson vaccine)
    • For staff and students who have completed vaccinations and are eligible for but have not yet received boosters and for whom quarantine is not feasible a return is allowable provided the person wears a mask through day 10 and tests negative on day 5 from the time of exposure

    Additionally, students and staff who have a lab-confirmed previous COVID-positive test (but not currently infected or symptomatic) within the last 90 days are not required to quarantine.

    Parents of vaccinated students are invited to submit a copy of their vaccination card to their school nurse to eliminate quarantining. Parents can also submit a copy of a verifiable medical diagnosis of COVID within the last 90 days to their school nurse to eliminate quarantining.

    If close contact develops symptoms and/or becomes COVID positive, please follow the guidance listed above for Positive and Symptomatic Students regardless of vaccination status.

    Finally, community and household-based exposures are required to quarantine as close contacts.

    If you have further questions please contact your principal or school nurse.

     

     

Close Contact Guidance

  • When the district is mask mandated

    If your child is unvaccinated and has been exposed to a COVID positive or symptomatic person within your household, your child must be quarantined for 5 days from the time of the last exposure.

    When the district is mask optional

    If your child is unvaccinated and has been exposed (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more) to someone who has been confirmed to be COIVD-positive then your child is considered to be a “close contact.”

    Close contacts are required to remain home for 5 days from the time of exposure. They are eligible to return to school on day 6 but must wear a mask through the 10th day from exposure.

    Students who are fully vaccinated or who have had COVID in the last 90 days as listed in the Quarantine Guidelines above are not required to be out of school, but parents should monitor for symptoms of COVID. 

    Exposed students and staff (those within 6 feet of a COVID positive person for a period of 15 minutes during a 24 hour period) who are unable to wear will be required to quarantine for 10 days from the time of exposure.

    Parents of vaccinated students are invited to submit a copy of their vaccination card to their school nurse to eliminate quarantining. Parents can also submit a copy of a verifiable medical diagnosis of COVID within the last 90 days to their school nurse to eliminate quarantining.

    In addition, household or community-based exposures must quarantine for a period of 5 days from the last exposure to a COVID positive person. 

Helping Children Cope with Changes in Routines

  • We recognize that this is an uncertain and challenging time for students and families. Anxiety is a natural response to change for children and adults, especially when our sense of control is low. In addition, new experiences and new routines can also create a sense of apprehension for parents and children as we return to school. 

    It is important to remember that children are resilient. They will naturally look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful situations.  It is imperative that parents encounter children and acknowledge their concerns without fostering a sense of panic in them. 

    Teaching children adaptive skills will give them some sense of control and may help reduce their anxiety (as well as other strong unwanted emotional responses). Families and school staff can model compassion, flexibility and the ability to solve problems.

    Here are some things you can do to help increase your child’s sense of psychological safety (informed by this article from the National Association of School Psychologists): 

    Stay Calm, Listen, and Offer Reassurance

    Caring adults have a tremendous influence on children. It is important that we address their concerns with an awareness of our own emotional responses. 

    Be a Role Model

    Children will react to and follow our reactions. Remember that they are observing and learning from the example we set.

    Maintain a Healthy Routine

    Keeping a regular schedule provides children with a sense of control, predictability, and calm. 

    Monitor Viewing of Media and Social Media 

    Continuously watching news reports on television related to COVID-19 can increase fear and anxiety. In addition, social media has become a source of rumor and misinformation that requires parent attention and correction.

    Explain Simple Safety Tips

    Stay up-to-date on facts related to the virus and ensure your children remain aware of the things they can do to decrease the risk of infection and transmission. The CDC offers information at this site: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

    Take Time to Talk

    Let your children’s questions guide your conversation. Answer their questions truthfully in an age appropriate fashion without unnecessary details.

     

    We strongly encourage families to stay connected with your school counselors, nurses, psychologists and social workers if you have concerns about your child's well-being during challenging transitions.