This document is for general guidelines only. If you have specific questions related to your child’s situation please direct them to Nurse Maxwell, 454-688-5400 or amaxwell@sainthelenaschool.org

DEFINITIONS

Close Contact: Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic clients, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated. 

  • Exception – In the K-12 school setting only, the close contact definition excludes students who were within 3-6 feet of an infected student where:
    • Both students were engaged in consistent and correct use of will-fitting masks

Isolation: keeps someone who is infected with the virus away from others, even in their home.

Quarantine: keeps someone who might have been exposed to the virus away from others.

Quarantine Guidelines

The parents of students who are identified as close contacts to a positive case will be contacted directly via phone by Nurse Maxwell.  If your child is NOT a close contact you will be notified of the positive case via a school wide announcement from Miss Britt.

Close contact to positive case:  All students who are identified as a close contact to a positive case are asked to quarantine at home for 7-10 days. While these students are quarantining they should try to limit their contact with other family members and my not attend any events or activities outside of the home. It is also important to monitor close contacts for COVID-19 symptoms daily and if symptoms do develop we ask that you notify Nurse Maxwell.

Option 1:  Quarantine for 10 days and resume all normal activities on day 11. No testing is required.

Option 2:  Quarantine for 7 days and get tested on day 5. If the results are received and are negative the close contact may discontinue quarantine after day 7 and resume all normal activities on day 8 as long as they continue to be asymptomatic.

A test performed prior to day 5 after exposure cannot be used to shorten the quarantine period.

Classmate of a positive case, not identified as a close contact: Classmates who are not identified as close contacts have no restrictions and may continue all extracurricular activities as normal.

Siblings of close contacts: The siblings of close contacts may continue to attend school and all extracurricular activities.  Only those individuals who had direct contact with the positive case are required to quarantine.

Siblings of a positive case: Siblings of a positive case are required to quarantine for no less than 10 days and up to 20 days depending on the ability of the positive case to isolate in the home. All household contacts are required to quarantine for 10 days after their last exposure with the positive case.

  • Exception for students – if a student has proof of recovering from a COVID-19 infection within the past 90 days and remains without symptoms they are exempt from quarantine and may continue to attend school and extracurricular activities.   If the student develops symptoms they will be required to obtain a COVID-19 test and quarantine while the results are pending.