Public Health Protocols
- Am I at risk of getting COVID-19?
- How can I protect my family from becoming ill?
- What if I have symptoms of COVID-19?
- Should my child be tested if they have symptoms?
- How is COVID-19 treated?
- What if I am advised to quarantine?
- Will I be told if someone at my child’s school was exposed or has COVID-19?
- Is the district restricting travel for students and staff?
- Where can I get more information about COVID-19?
- Will students and employees be screened?
- Who is required to wear a mask at school?
- How long will someone be out of school if they test positive for COVID-19?
- What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?
- Do siblings of a student in quarantine also have to be quarantined?
- How long must a student, teacher, or staff member be out of school if they have a family member in the same house as them that tests positive for COVID-19?
- If an employee tests positive but does not have symptoms, can they work from home?
- If a student, teacher, or staff member has a household member that tests positive but does not have symptoms, can they come to school anyway and monitor for symptoms?
- Will a classroom be closed if a person with COVID-19 attended class in that classroom? If so, for how long?
- If a teacher or student tests positive, must the entire class be quarantined?
- How many individuals have to be sick with COVID-19 before a school closes?
- Does a student, teacher, or staff person have to retest for COVID-19 after testing positive before they are allowed back to school?
- Should students, teachers, and staff members get an anti-body test to prove that they have already had COVID-19 and thus do not need to quarantine if they are exposed again?
- How will I be notified if someone in my building tests positive?
Coronavirus: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) is an illness caused by a virus that can
spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a new coronavirus
that has spread throughout the world.
Contact Tracing: A strategy for slowing the spread of disease in which public health
workers communicate with infectious people to identify their contacts. They then follow
up with those contacts to provide guidance on how to quarantine themselves and what
to do if they develop symptoms of disease.
Quarantine: The practice of keeping someone who might have been exposed to
COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur
before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without
feeling symptoms. People in quarantine must stay home (usually 14 days), separate
themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or
local health department.
Isolation: The practice of separating people infected with the virus (those who are sick
with COVID-19 and those with no symptoms) from people who are not infected.
People who are in isolation (usually for 10 days) must stay home until it’s safe for them
to be around others. In the home, anyone sick or infected must separate themselves
from others by staying in a specific “sick room” or area and using a separate bathroom
Close Contact: A person who was within 6 feet of a person infected with COVID-19 for
more than 15 minutes with or without a mask.
Examples of close contacts include individuals who were close to a person who is
infected with COVID-19 by providing care to them at home, sharing a living space,
having direct physical contact with them (touched, hugged or kissed them), and
sharing eating or drinking utensils. People may also be close contacts if they were
somehow exposed to droplets from an infected person (sneezed or coughed on).
Types of Masks
- Cloth Face Coverings: Cloth face coverings are masks made from material that are meant to cover your nose and mouth and to be secured under the chin and are not considered personal protective equipment (PPE). These are effective in reducing the spread of the virus.
- Surgical Masks: Surgical masks were originally intended to be worn by health professionals and are considered personal protective equipment. These are effective in reducing the spread of the virus.
- N95 or N95 respirator: A N95 mask, also known as a respirator, filters particles that meet a certain standard for air filtration, meaning that it filters at least 95% of airborne particles. These are recommended only for use by healthcare personnel who need protection from both airborne and fluid hazards (e.g., splashes, sprays).