CoVID-19: Things to know right now
NEW QUARANTINE GUIDANCE
DOCUMENTATION: School officials are advised to accept negative results of PCR and antigen tests only if there is sufficient information as to the date of testing, the individual tested, and the actual indication of a negative test result. If this is not supplied, a physician, physician’s assistant, or nurse practitioner statement of the negative test result will need to be supplied before a quarantine is shortened.
The CoVID-19 picture continues to be reframed by various changes. Thank you for your diligent, daily use of the ZCS CoVID-19 Screener with integrity. We are all in this together, and even when nerves are strained by the attendant ambiguities of the pandemic, we are grateful for you—and for the public health officers at the county and state level who continue to work in support of our school community’s safety.
ISDH has updated the *COVID-19 Screening for Parents (8/27/20)
Please review this information as some of the symptoms associated with COVID-19 have changed. Please be advised that ANY one of the symptoms may be related to COVID-19.
What do I do if my child has symptoms (as of 8.27.20)
- Please keep your child home if they are having ANY of the symptoms, even just one:
Fever (100.4 F) or higher or chills
Diarrhea, Nausea, Vomiting, or abdominal pain
Cough or Shortness of Breath, especially new onset or uncontrolled cough
New onset of severe headache, especially with fever
New loss of taste or smell
NEW GUIDANCE: If you are keeping one child home due to symptoms, all children in the home are to be kept home per the ISDH guidelines. Per the guidelines, all siblings and household members should remain home in quarantine.
- Contact a healthcare provider to help determine if these symptoms are related to COVID or there is another reason for the symptoms.
- Follow the healthcare providers recommendations- this may include testing and/or isolating at home.
- Return to school will vary based upon testing results, close contact status, and physician statements regarding alternative diagnosis.
Please SEE THIS LINK for information shared with us by the Indiana State Department of Health.https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/review?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:716c09b2-4dbd-41d6-a410-f14febf69c4d
All siblings and household members should remain home until test results have been reported AND the provider has determined if symptoms for the child require isolation and quarantine of close contacts.
New-- If your child has been sent home with symptoms from school, the siblings will need to be picked up and stay home (see quarantine information below).
If you choose to not contact a provider your child can return to school in 10 days if fever free for at least 24 hours AND symptoms are improving. Siblings and household members will have to stay home for 14 days and quarantine. However, if a sibling in quarantine becomes sick they will have to then stay home for 10 days starting from the day after symptoms started.
When should I isolate?
The following persons should isolate:
- A positive COVID-19 test OR
- A provider diagnosis for COVID-19 that advises the person to isolate (regardless of test results COVID cannot be ruled out).
Isolation means keeping sick people away from healthy ones. For COVID-19, this means that the sick person stays in a separate bedroom or separate area of the home and stays away from others. This includes staying home from school and any activities. Currently, guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that COVID-19 positive people with symptoms isolate for 10 days from the start of their symptoms, be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and show improvement of symptoms. Individuals who test positive without symptoms should isolate for 10 days from the date their sample was collected. For additional information see https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/files/Family%20quarantine_10-22-20.pdf.
When should I quarantine?
The following persons should quarantine:
A sibling, family member or household member who lives in the same household as a person who is
- Sick with a COVID related symptom(s)
- Undergoing evaluation by a provider for COVID-19 symptoms
- Waiting for test results
Quarantine means separating people who were exposed to someone who was sick. Since people who were around other sick people are more likely to get sick themselves, quarantine prevents them from unintentionally spreading the virus to other people even before they realize they are sick. This includes staying home from school and other activities. Currently, the CDC advises that close contacts of COVID-19 positive people quarantine for 14 days after the last exposure with the COVID-19 positive person, even if they have a negative test. For additional information see https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/files/Family%20quarantine_COVID-19_8-26-20.pdf.
Who is considered a close contact?
An individual is considered a close contact if any of following when
- You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more. This could be a single encounter of more than 15 minutes or multiple encounters within a single day that add up to more than 15 minutes.
- You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
- You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
- You shared eating or drinking utensils
- They sneezed, coughed or somehow got respiratory droplets on you
Keep in mind that anyone who lives with or stayed overnight for at least one night in a household with the infected person while he or she was infectious is at highest risk.
In addition, ZCS works with the Boone County Health Department (BCHD) confirm close contact status identified by our trained (Johns Hopkins University) contact tracers including what activities may put a person at greater risk of exposure. We are conservative in our approach in order to prevent or slow the potential for spread of the virus. This is to allow ZCS to continue to offering in-person educational opportunities and activities.