With school back in session and the majority of our students attending on-site, it was important to review a number of procedures/protocols related to our Health and Safety Plan so that we can all work together to protect our school community from the spread of COVID-19.
Please read on for reminders and new information related to symptom-monitoring, reporting of COVID-19 cases, and close contacts/quarantine guidelines.
Students and/or their parents/guardians are expected to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms on a daily basis.
Children should stay home when they have:
TWO of the following symptoms:
- Sore throat
- Congestion/runny nose
- Muscle aches
ONE of the following symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty breathing
- New loss of taste or smell
Returning to school
Children who stay home may return to school based on the results of a COVID-19 test (please click here for an infographic with guidelines for a positive or negative COVID test result). If a symptomatic child is not tested, he/she may return to school with a note from the doctor indicating symptoms are as a result of a different diagnosis. Students who are not tested may also return if they have been without a fever for 24 hours, have symptom improvement, and 10 days have passed since symptoms appeared.
Positive COVID-19 test results should be reported to the school.
If your child tests positive for COVID-19, we encourage you to share this information with your child’s school nurse. Your reporting of this information helps us to make better decisions around mitigation efforts.
Close contact distinctions
In the classroom
Per recent county guidelines, a close contact (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more) of a child who is positive for COVID-19 does not have to quarantine if the close contact occurred in the classroom, both students were wearing masks correctly, and both students were three to six feet apart.
on the bus
However, this does not carry over to students on a bus. Students who are close contacts to a positive on a bus must follow quarantine guidelines regardless of whether or not masks were being worn properly. This is a directive from the Montgomery County Office of Public Health based upon where spread is being observed. We understand this is frustrating but we must abide by the regulation. We want our kids in school.
Remember, your attention to the guidelines helps keep the entire school community safe. We appreciate your cooperation because self-monitoring is an important part of our multi-layered Health and Safety plan.