The district will follow these protocols set forth by our district physicians at Endwell Family Physicians.Return to School Protocol After Positive in School Screening - Students K-12Students will be sent home if they exhibit any of the following COVID-19 symptoms:
- Temperature of 100° or Higher
- Nasal Congestion
- Shortness of Breath
- Loss of Taste or Smell
- Muscle or Body Aches
To return to school, the student will need (completion of all steps required):
- An evaluation by a healthcare provider, with documentation that return to in-person instruction is suitable.
- A NEGATIVE lab confirmed COVID-19 test.
- Improving symptoms or symptoms at baseline.
IF COVID-19 lab test is positive: The student will need to go into isolation for a minimum of 10 days. –See additional clarification and guidance.
If the COVID-19 lab test is positive: The student will need to go into isolation for a minimum of 10 days.
CLARIFICATION OF ISOLATION AND CLOSE CONTACT QUARANTINE:
Someone can leave isolation if they are symptom free (or have vastly improving symptoms) and it has been at least 10 days since the date of diagnosis or positive test – whichever is longer.
Here are some examples of when isolation is directed:
Diagnosis on 1/1/2020 with fever, dry cough, and a positive test. They rapidly improve and have no symptoms as of 1/5/2020. They remain well, but still have to go the full 10 days. They will exit isolation at 11:59 pm on 1/10/2020.
Diagnosis on 1/1/2020 with fever, dry cough, and a positive test. They do not improve until 1/15/2020. They will remain in isolation for at least one day of no fever/symptoms and will exit at 11:59 pm on 1/16/2020.
Positive test on 1/1/2020 but no symptoms (test was done for routine surveillance)
- If they do not develop any symptoms, they will exit isolation at 11:59 pm on 1/10/2020
- If they develop symptoms before exiting isolation, they must be symptom-free/fever-free for at least 1 day and it has been at least 10 days since the test was positive, whichever is longer.
No one needs a negative test to determine when or if they can get out of isolation. Indeed, it is not recommended to have a follow-up test – because we now know that tests can remain positive for long after the person is no longer infectious.
Someone identified as having close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual requires a 14-day quarantine. No one is able to “test out” of quarantine. For example, a negative test on Day-5 does not mean that symptoms cannot develop on Day 12.