NEW COVID-19 QUARANTINE PROTOCOL

December 10, 2020

Dear BCS Parents and Staff,

Blair Community Schools (BCS) has developed a new COVID-19 Reporting and Communication Protocol. We are asking you to please call the District Office at (402) 426-2610 for any COVID-19 related questions, such as if your child is COVID-19 positive or if your child has been in close contact with a COVID-19 positive person.

During the call, we will determine if a quarantine is necessary. If a student or staff member is COVID-19 positive, the length of the isolation will remain 10-days from the onset of symptoms or from the date of the positive COVID-19 test.

If a student or staff member is determined to be a Close Contact the quarantine options are as follows:

  1. A student or staff member will be able to return to school after a 14-day quarantine. This date will be based on the last exposure of the person to a COVID-19 positive person. The total length of the 14-day quarantine can be up to 24 days if the person remains in contact with a COVID-19 positive person throughout their 10-day isolation period.

We will also be providing two new Close Contact Quarantine Options approved by Governor Ricketts’s Directed Health Measure (DHM) introduced on December 3, 2020.

  1. A student will be able to return to school after a 10-day quarantine without testing under the following conditions:

  • At least 10-days have passed since close contact exposure AND

  • No COVID-19 symptoms have developed and the person self-monitors for COVID-19 symptoms AND

  • Wears a facial covering through day 14 since last close contact exposure.

  1. A student will be able to return to school after a negative test result under the following conditions:

  • At least 7-days have passed since close contact exposure, no COVID-19 symptoms have developed AND

  • Results of a negative COVID-19 test, diagnostic specimen test (molecular or antigen), that was collected no earlier than 5-days since last close contact exposure AND

  • The person self-monitors for COVID-19 symptoms and wears a facial covering through day 14 since last close contact exposure. (With this strategy, residual post-quarantine transmission risk is estimated to be about 1% with an upper limit of about 10%.)

  • A quarantine can end after day 7 if a COVID-19 test is negative and if no symptoms were reported during daily monitoring. The specimen may be collected and tested within 48 hours before the time of planned quarantine discontinuation (e.g., in anticipation of testing delays), but quarantine cannot be discontinued earlier than after day 7. (With this strategy, the residual post-quarantine transmission risk is estimated to be about 5% with an upper limit of about 12%.)



If the new Close Contact Quarantine options (2 or 3) are chosen from the Governor’s new Directed Health Measure (DHM), Three Rivers Health Department and BCS are requiring masks to be worn 100% of the time throughout the entire 14-day quarantine. Meaning, if a student or staff member returns to school before the 14-days, masks will be worn during masks breaks, activity practices, games, competitions, recess, P.E., weight training, etc. Lunch will be eaten in a designated/separate area to keep all students safe while unmasked and eating. Three-ply surgical masks must be worn throughout the required 14-day. masking period. BCS will supply these masks. After the 14-day quarantine ends, students will not be required to wear masks during activity practices, games, competitions, recess, P.E., weight training, etc

Any student returning early from a COVID quarantine who is found to be non-compliant with the COVID protocols, will be sent home for the remainder of the quarantine period. Students must report any COVID symptoms to the school nurse. These symptoms include: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or trouble breathing, tiredness, muscle or body aches, headaches, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea. Students will be sent home after a report of COVID symptoms.

New quarantine options will go into effect on Monday, December 14, 2020. We will contact parents whose child is currently in quarantine to provide them with the new shorter quarantine options.

Thank you for being patient in waiting for our guidance in regard to the new DHM. The DHM changes require a variety of adjustments to our tracking, monitoring, and communication plans that we had to address in order to prioritize safety and in-person learning.


Sincerely,

Randall Gilson, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools


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