COVID-19 Information

Procedures for Positive Cases & Close Contacts

(revised January 5, 2022)

Positive diagnosis of student or staff: 

Per ADPH guidelines, positives must stay home for 5 days (previously 10) following the onset of symptoms or the positive test result. The student or staff member may return on day 6 if the following two conditions are met:

 1.     Symptom improvement, which includes the absence of a fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.

2.     A mask WILL be required on days 6-10.

If a student or staff member cannot meet both of the above conditions, a 10-day home isolation period will be required.

Close contact: someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24 hour period, starting from 2 days before the infected person had symptoms OR if no symptoms, 2 days before the positive specimen collection date.

  • Once a student is determined to be a close contact, the parent or guardian will be notified.

  • If close contact is properly masked, it is not necessary to send the close contact home, as long as they are asymptomatic.

  • Close contacts that are fully vaccinated will not be sent home as long as they are asymptomatic.

  • Close contacts that had a positive test in the past 3 months will not be sent home as long as they are asymptomatic.

  • The identified close contact will be sent home for 5 days after the last exposure.

  • If a student remains symptom free, they may return on day 6 and should wear a mask through day 10.

Mask and facial coverings: Masks and facial coverings are strongly recommended while indoors, however they will not be required at this time. Masks will be required for everyone while on school buses to comply with the Federal CDC order.

Self Assess: Parents need to screen their children at home for signs or symptoms of any illness. A child with a temperature that is greater than 100 degrees or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 must stay at home.