Current COVID-19 Protocols

PROTOCOL A: 
When an Individual Tests Positive for COVID-19

When a student tests positive for COVID-19, they must quarantine at home for ten days and may return to school and school activities on Day 11 - provided any symptoms improve and the individual is fever-free, without fever-reducing medicine, for 24 hours.

In this case, it is important to note that: 

  • The 10-day quarantine period starts with the onset of symptoms or after a positive PCR or antigen test if the individual is asymptomatic,
  • Quarantine duration is the same regardless of vaccination status and of symptoms being present, and
  • It is not recommended that individuals take another COVID test prior to return.

PROTOCOL B: 
Close Contacts

For students who are identified as being a “close contact”, the following circumstances would exempt that student from needing to test and/or quarantine. To be clear, the close contact may remain in school if any one of the following conditions are met:

  • They remain asymptomatic AND are fully vaccinated, 
  • They are a close contact through bus transportation - provided individuals were masked and bus windows were open, or
  • The student has tested positive for COVID, themselves, within the past 90 days.
    • Dated proof of the positive test result must be on file with our Health Office.

Student who are NOT EXEMPT from testing and quarantining via the aforementioned exemptions may remain in school so long as they both remain asymptomatic AND they: 

  • Opt-in to Test & Stay and test negative for COVID daily on school days - including any weekend* days in which they are participating in extracurricular/athletic activities,
  • Wear a mask in school at all times other than when eating or drinking,
  • Quarantine at home on non-school/extracurricular days, and
  • Monitor for symptoms for 14 days from exposure to the COVID-positive individual.
*Weekend tests will be administered through the eMed Take Home Test.

INFORMATION FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO DO NOT OPT-IN TO TEST & STAY TESTING

If a student does not opt-in to the Test & Stay Testing Program, please note the following conditions that must be met given the circumstances of the exposure: 

For students who do not opt-in to Test & Stay Testing, and who are unvaccinated and identified as a close contact, but WILL test outside of school, the student may return to school and all school activities on Day 8 from the exposure to the COVID-positive individual provided that they:

  • Remains asymptomatic,
  • Receive and share with the Health Office a negative COVID PCR or rapid antigen test taken outside of school on Day 5 or later from exposure, and
  • Monitor for symptoms for 14 days from exposure to the COVID-positive individual.

For students who do not opt-in to Test & Stay Testing, and who are unvaccinated and identified as a close contact, and WILL NOT test outside of school, the student may return to school and all school activities on Day 11 from the exposure to the COVID-positive individual provided that they:

  • Individual remains asymptomatic
  • Monitor for symptoms for 14 days from exposure to the COVID-positive individual

Regardless of vaccination status, symptomatic individuals who are identified as a close contact, may return to school: 
  • Once symptoms improve,
  • Remain fever-free without fever-reducing medications for 24 hours,
  • Receive a negative PCR test or a doctor make an alternate diagnosis, and
  • Enter the Test & Stay Testing until day 7 from exposure to the COVID-positive person.
 

PROTOCOL C: 
Symptomatic Testing of Individuals at School

Symptomatic testing is available for students with consent on file with our Health Office. Please be sure to complete the Parent/Guardian Consent Form in order to participate in symptomatic testing.

Vaccinated individuals are candidates for Symptomatic Testing in school if they are experiencing any of the following:

  • Fever (100F or higher), chills or shaking chills
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Muscle aches or body aches

Unvaccinated individuals are candidates for Symptomatic Testing in school if they are experiencing any one symptom in bold and/or any combination of symptoms not in bold:

  • Fever (100F or higher), chills or shaking chills
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Muscle aches or body aches
  • Cough (not due to other known causes, such as a chronic cough)
  • Sore throat, when in combination with other symptoms
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea when in combination with other symptoms
  • Headache when in combination with other symptoms
  • Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) when in combination with other symptoms

If a student is participating in symptomatic testing, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, the individual must follow Protocol A for individuals who test positive.

If an individual tests negative via symptomatic testing yet continues to be symptomatic with the symptoms above as they pertain to their vaccination status, the individual must immediately go home and either:

  • Return to school once symptoms improve, is fever-free without fever-reducing medications for 24 hours, and receives a negative outside of school PCR test or a doctor makes an alternative diagnosis, or
  • With no testing, may return to school on Day 11 of onset of symptoms if symptoms improve and individual is fever-free without fever-reducing medications for 24 hours.
 

ROUTINE COVID HEALTH CHECKS

A further opportunity for routine testing is available to those individuals who wish to participate in weekly Routine COVID Health Checks.  

Each week on Tuesdays, during Middle School Recess (12:33 - 1:19 PM) and High School “long block fixed resource” (11:03 AM - 12:49 PM) students may elect to report to the Health Office for quick nasal swab testing. This testing is completely optional and open to both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.

Please note that parent/guardian consent for this type of testing must be on file in order to participate in this optional Routine COVID Health Check Testing.