What will the response be for a positive COVID case within the school community?
If a member of the school community tests positive for COVID, they must contact the school administration immediately. If contact tracing is necessary, the administration will communicate with the appropriate individuals, including the local health department. COVID cases will not be reported within school communities to protect the privacy of those affected.
In the event a child or school staff member contracts COVID-19, the child will need to be quarantined as directed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Staff members and students may not return to school until they have met the CDC's criteria to discontinue home isolation:
A. If a person has COVID-19 and had symptoms, they may return to school after:
Three (3) days with no fever, and
Symptoms improved, and
- Ten (10) days since symptoms first appeared
*Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation.
Note: These recommendations do not apply to people with severe COVID-19 or with weakened immune systems (immunocompromised).
B. If a sick person tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms, and continues to have no symptoms, the individual may return to school after:
- 10 days have passed since test