As we are all aware, Covid-19 has been a part of our lives for quite some time. Protocols are ever changing. I wanted to share what all schools must do in the event of a positive close contact case on campus.
A close contact is defined as someone who was within 6 feet of a Covid positive individual for more than 15 minutes within a 24 hour period, regardless of masking, and occurring in any location – indoor or outdoor.
There are two types of protocol all schools must follow for anyone that is a close contact. Masked (inside the classroom) and unmasked (PE, lunch, recess). Often times, the close contact falls into both categories, in which case we follow the unmasked protocols.
Contact Tracing: If there is a positive COVID-19 case on any FSD school campus, designated FSD staff will conduct Contact Tracing in conjunction with the Orange County Healthcare Agency (OCHA). Students or staff who have a positive COVID-19 diagnosis will be isolated and any students or staff who are close contacts to a positive COVID case will be quarantined.
If your Falcon is a masked close contact, you will be contacted directly and given these three options by the OCDPH. If you are not contacted you do not need to take action.
#1 – Attend School in person
- Continue to appropriately mask, as required.
- Undergo at least twice weekly testing during the 10-day quarantine at least three days apart. Tests must be given to the school.
- Avoid all extracurricular activities at school, including sports, and activities within the community setting. [14 DAYS FROM EXPOSURE]
If your child is unable to do the above, there are 2 out of school quarantine options:
- Quarantine at home for 10 days and return to school without testing; OR
- Should you choose, you can have your child tested after day 5 and if negative, they may return to school on day 7 of their quarantine.
Continue to monitor your child for symptoms through 14 days of exposure by:
- Checking their temperature twice a day.
- Watching for fever, cough, shortness of breath, and other signs/symptoms of COVID-19, such as chills, sore throat, muscle aches, diarrhea, or loss of sense of taste or smell. Additional symptoms may occur.
If your student has been identified as a close contact:
- The quarantine can end after 10 days without testing OR
- You can have your child tested after day 5 and if the test is negative, they may return t school after day 7. Test must be provided to the school.
Coming to the office sick: If a student is sick at school, we follow a student symptom decision tree that monitors low-risk and high-risk symptoms, much like last school year. Depending on the number of symptoms a student is displaying, close contact status, vaccinated/unvaccinated status all direct us on how to respond.
Please do not send your child to school if they are sick.
Please report all suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases immediately!
FSD is offering Independent Study for students in quarantine. Currently, under the law, this is limited to 15 days of the school year.