• What is the difference between suspected, probable, and confirmed cases of COVID-19?

    A suspect case of COVID-19 is defined as an individual who is ill with symptoms but no known exposure to an individual positive for COVID-19.

    A probable case of COVID-19 is defined as an individual exposure to a probable or confirmed COVID-19 case and has symptoms. 

    A confirmed case of COVID-19 is defined as an individual who has a positive COVID-19 test result.

     

    Does a probable case of COVID-19 result in quarantine?

    Yes, if an individual is assessed as a probable case, they will need to quarantine for a minimum of 10 days from their symptom onset. 

     

    When can a probable case return to school?

    If a probable case has not been tested, they may return to school after a minimum of 10 days from the first symptom onset, be fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, and their other symptoms are improving.

     

    When can a positive case return to school?

    Students or staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 may return to school after a minimum of 10 days from the first symptom onset, be fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, and their other symptoms are improving.

     

    What if an individual tests positive but is asymptomatic?

    Asymptomatic cases will be treated just like symptomatic cases, meaning that the student or staff member cannot go to school and must isolate at home for a minimum of 10 days from their symptom onset or first positive COVID-19 test.

     

    What makes someone considered close contact?

    Any contact with a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19 case within 6ft for 15 minutes cumulatively with or without a mask.

     

    What happens when someone begins showing symptoms at school?

    The individual will be referred to the nurse for an assessment. If the assessment results in a probable case, the individual will be immediately sent home to quarantine. If the individual is a student, the student would be placed in an isolation area until someone can come to pick them up from school. 

     

    If my student has a mask on and is within 6 feet of a positive case for 15 minutes, is my child still considered a close contact?

    Yes, your child would be considered a close contact and would have to quarantine for 14 days from the date your child was exposed to the individual who tested positive.  

     

    My child has allergies, does that mean if he/she has the sniffles or a cough that he/she will be considered a suspected case of COVID-19?

    An assessment will be conducted by the School Nurse and if there has been no known exposure to COVID-19, please follow the existing illness guidelines for school exclusion (i.e. fever free for 24 hours without medication).  

     

    Is it possible that my student could be quarantined multiple times during the school year?

    Yes, this is possible if your child is exposed to multiple individuals who are confirmed COVID-19 cases.  

     

    If a student has symptoms but tests negative for COVID-19, can they come back to school right away? 

    An individual that tests negative may return to school after being fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, and they have experienced no symptoms for 24 hours.  

     

    If my child has symptoms but receives a doctor’s note stating that he/she does not have COVID-19, can my child come back to school?

    If your child’s physician has diagnosed symptoms other than COVID (i.e. ear infection, stomach virus, etc.) they may return by following the normal school policies for illness.  

     

    If a student is exposed to someone outside of school who has COVID-19, does the student need to stay home from school?

    Yes, that student would be considered a close contact and required to quarantine for 14 days.  

     

    What happens when there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 at school?

    The individual who is confirmed with COVID-19 will be isolated immediately and sent home.  Designated school staff will begin the process of contact tracing to identify any close contact individuals within the school setting.  These close contacts would also be removed from school to quarantine for 14 days.  

     

    If a close contact receives a negative COVID-19 test, can they come back to school before the 14 day quarantine period ends?

    No, the individual must quarantine for the full 14 days after exposure even if they receive a negative COVID-19 case, per Hamilton County Public Health.

     

    What if a family member of a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19?

    If a family member in the same household as the student tests positive for COVID-19, then that student would likely be considered a close contact.  This would require a 14 day quarantine.  

     

    Do siblings of a student who has tested positive need to quarantine?

    If a family member in the same household as the student tests positive for COVID-19, then that student would likely be considered a close contact.  This would require a 14 day quarantine.  

     

    Do the contacts of close contacts also need to quarantine?

    Only individuals identified as close contacts to a confirmed COVID-19 positive individual will be required to quarantine.   

     

    What happens instructionally for my student if they have to quarantine?

    Quarantined students will be handled in the same way as an extended absence has been handled in the past. Students will receive work from their teachers and will follow up with them individually, if necessary.  In some cases, students may be able to join the class virtually via live streaming, if the classroom has that capability.

     

    How will I know if my student has been in close contact with a positive case?

    If your child is determined to be a close contact, they will be sent home with a letter within 48 hours indicating the close contact status and a date to return to school if your child remains asymptomatic, per Hamilton County Public Health guidelines.  

     

    Will you notify the school every time there is a positive case?

    Yes, if there is a positive COVID-19 case in the school building, all staff and parents of students in that building will be notified within 48 hours, per Hamilton County Public Health guidelines.  

     

    Does the entire building have to stay home if there is a positive case? 

    No, only those individuals who would be considered close contacts.  

     

    If my student is considered a close contact and receives a negative test, can they come back to school earlier than 14 days?

    Even if a student receives a negative test, they must remain in quarantine for 14 days, per Hamilton County Public Health guidelines, because they may develop symptoms within that time frame.  

     

    What is the cleaning protocol for spaces after a confirmed or probable case has been reported? 

    Any area that has been determined that a probable or confirmed COVID-19 case has been engaged in will be closed, deep cleaned, and remain closed for three hours.  

     

    What happens to other kids in the class who are not considered close contacts once spaces are closed for cleaning?

    Students will be relocated to another location to continue academic instruction.  

     

    If I think my student has been exposed to COVID-19 outside of school, who should I report this information to?

    Please call your school nurse to notify them of the potential exposure. A list of contact information for each school nurse can be found here. 

     

    My child was on the bus with someone who tested positive but doesn’t sit near them, does my child have to quarantine?

    Only students who have been determined as close contacts would be required to quarantine. 

     

    My child was at recess at the same time as a student who tested positive, does my child have to quarantine? 

    Only students who have been determined as close contacts would be required to quarantine.