COVID-19 Updates 2021-2022

COVID-19 Confirmed Student Positive Case

Protocols and Guidelines

To ensure the health and safety of each school member, the process below applies to students with a confirmed positive case of COVID-19. All COVID-19 positive case processes are shared with the respective school district and the county Department of Health. The Department of Health is the lead agency for case investigation, contact tracing and quarantine recommendations. All student information will remain confidential in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.

COVID-19 Symptomatic Decision Tree  ARBOL DE DECISIÓN SINTOMÁTICO DE COVID˜19

COVID-19 Symptoms

If anyone (student, employee, or visitor) shows any symptoms of COVID-19, it is extremely important that they not enter the school building and should contact their healthcare provider for guidance. COVID-19 symptoms (not associated with previously diagnosed conditions) include:

  • Fever or Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Sore Throat
  • Cough, Muscle or Body Aches
  • Shortness of Breath or Difficulty Breathing
  • Congestion or Runny Nose
  • Headache
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • New Loss of Taste or Smell
  • Diarrhea

Student Confirmed Case Protocols

  1. Parent/guardian should immediately contact school administration after a positive COVID-19 test result.
  2. If the student is at school, they will be isolated and must go-home immediately. If the student is at home, they should remain home.
  3. Learning materials and instructional guidance will be provided for your student. 
  4. School administration will collect case information, including potential close contacts (close contact is defined by the CDC as within six (6) feet of an infected person for fifteen (15) minutes or more in a 24-hour period) with the positive student in the 48 hours prior to symptoms or positive test result. Seating charts, bus rosters, extracurricular rosters, athletic rosters, and lunchroom seating will be collected and reviewed.
  5. School administration will provide documentation to the District Nurse/ Department of Health for determination of close contact quarantine recommendations. 
  6. School administration will inform close contacts of their exposure and provide direction. 
  7. School administration will distribute appropriate communications and notification letters to staff and students that are identified as a close contact of the confirmed case. The entire school community will also be notified of positive cases on campus.
  8. Per the Florida Department of Health, the confirmed positive student will be required to isolate as per below: 
    • Until the student receives a negative diagnostic COVID-19 test and is asymptomatic; OR 
    • 10 days have passed since the onset of symptoms or positive test result (if asymptomatic), the student has had no fever for 24 hours and the student's other symptoms are improving; OR
    • The student receives written permission to return to school from a medical doctor licensed under chapter 458. an osteopathic physician licensed under chapter 459 or an advanced registered nurse practitioner licensed under chapter 464 and this documentation is shared with school administration. 
  9. The School will follow RISE policies in place for cleaning exposed spaces. 
  10. Follow-up by the Department of Health will occur, as appropriate, for all identified close contacts.
  11. Return to athletics protocols will be followed once the student returns to school (if applicable).

COVID-19- Student Close Contact of a Confirmed Positive Case

Protocols and Guidelines

To ensure the health and safety of each school member, the process below applies to students who are a close contact of a confirmed positive case of COVID-19. Close contact is defined by the CDC as within six (6) feet of an infected person for fifteen (15) minutes or more in a 24-hour period. respective school district and the county Department of Health. The Department of Health is the lead agency for case investigation, contact tracing and quarantine recommendations. All student information will remain confidential in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.

Student Close Contact of a Confirmed Positive Case Protocol

  1. Parent/guardian will be contacted as soon as possible by the school administration if a student is determined to be a close contact of a confirmed positive case. 
  2. Parents or legal guardians of students who are known to have been in direct contact with an individual who received a positive diagnostic test for COVID-19 may choose one of the following options: 
    • Allow the student to attend school, school-sponsored activities, or be on school property, so long as the student remains asymptomatic OR 
    • Quarantine the student for a period of time not to exceed seven days from the date of last direct contact with the individual that is positive for COVID-19. 
  3. Parent or legal guardian will communicate their decision with the school at the time of notification or as per the procedure communicated by the school with families. 
  4. School administration will distribute appropriate communications and notification letters to staff and students that are identified as a close contact of the confirmed case. The entire school community will also be notified of positive cases on campus. 
  5. Per the Florida Department of Health, the parent or legal guardian of a close contact of a confirmed positive may choose to quarantine their student for the length noted below: 
    • Students will be quarantined for up to 7 days if they remain symptom free and can return to school on day 8. 
    • Students who are vaccinated or who have tested positive in the last 90 days do not need to quarantine. 
    • Students who were within three (3) to six (6) feet of an infected student where both students were engaged in consistent and correct use of well-fitting masks will be excluded from quarantine (Hillsborough and Brevard County Only). 
  6. School administration will contact the Parent/Guardian of record for the student to determine parental choice in quarantine protocol. 
  7. Follow-up by the Department of Health will occur, as appropriate, for all identified close contacts. 
  8. Department of Health may contact the student’s parent with additional guidance and contact tracing. 
  9. Department of Health may enroll the student in a daily symptom monitoring text message program. 
  10. Students must meet the following criteria to remain in or return to school: 
    • No evidence of COVID-19 symptoms at any time during the quarantine period.
    • If COVID-19 tested, have received a negative COVID-19 test result, and share those results with the school site. 
  11. Close contacts of a confirmed positive case are not required to be COVID-19 tested before returning to school. 
  12. Close contacts of a confirmed positive case who develop symptoms within 14 days after exposure cannot return to school, should seek medical attention, notify school administration and will follow the protocols for confirmed case.