Bartlesville Public Schools
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Signs & Symptoms
The more infectious Delta variant's primary symptoms are headache, sore throat, runny nose, or fever; the original strain's predominant symptoms were fever, cough, or loss of taste or smell.
Coronavirus can cause these symptoms:
Symptoms that have been seen in children include:
What should I do if my child has symptoms?
If your child has any of the symptoms:
Do your best to stay calm.
Talk to a health care provider.
Help your child get plenty of rest and drink lots of liquids.
Watch for signs that your child might need more medical help.
Take your child to the Emergency Room if your child:
looks very sick to you
has significant breathing problems; look for muscles pulling in between the ribs or the nostrils puffing out with each breath
is confused or very sleepy
has chest pain
has cold, sweaty, pale, or blotchy skin
Call 911 if your child is struggling to breathe, is too out of breath to talk or walk, turns blue, or has fainted.
How can I keep my family safe if my child has symptoms?
Keep your child home. This keeps your child away from other germs. It also helps prevent your child from spreading the illness to others. If the doctor thinks your child might have coronavirus, the whole family will need to stay home.
Keep other people and pets in the house away from your child as much as possible.
Try to have one person only care for the sick child so others are not exposed.
Face coverings and ventilation are vitally important, as the virus primarily spreads through the air. If your child is over 2 years old and can wear a face mask or cloth face covering without finding it hard to breathe, have them wear one when the caregiver is in the room. Don't leave your child alone while they're wearing a mask or cloth face covering. If your child can't wear one, the caregiver should wear one when in the same room. To see how to put on and remove face masks and coverings, clean them, or make your own cloth face covering, check the CDC's guide.
If possible, have your sick child use a different bathroom from others. If that isn't possible, wipe down the bathroom often and ventilate it as much as possible.
Surface hygiene is far less important than isolation and ventilation. But everyone in your family should wash their hands well and often. Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Use regular household cleaners or wipes to clean things that get touched a lot (doorknobs, light switches, toys, remote controls, phones, etc.). Do this every day.
If you have any “A” symptoms or 3 or more “B” symptoms, stay home until you get a negative PCR test. If you do a rapid or antigen test, false positives are quite rare, so a positive result is considered confirmation you have COVID-19. But a negative result from an antigen test is false about half the time, so if you get a negative rapid test result, proceed with PCR testing and stay home until you receive a negative result.
Contact your family doctor about testing; no-cost testing may be available at CVS and Walgreens. Other providers include Access Medical Care & Axis Health Care. Rapid self-tests are also available for purchase at some pharmacies.
Positive Cases and Contact Tracing
If a student tests positive for an active case of COVID-19, parents must report that to the school so that isolation is ensured for the positive case and any unvaccinated students in the household are quarantined while the positive case recovers and then for an additional 7-10 days after recovery. No personally identifying information is to be released about the student by a contact tracer in order to protect student and family privacy and encourage people to report positive tests.
We do not distinguish between molecular/PCR or antigen/rapid testing: a positive result from either type of test requires isolation, self-quarantine of unvaccinated household members, etc.
Whenever a district staff member tests positive for an active case of COVID-19, they must report that to their supervisor for the same reasons.
Quarantine Exemptions: Fully vaccinated persons, or those who had COVID-19 within the previous 90 days, are not required to quarantine so long as they have no symptoms (and, if tested, do not test positive). We request that they wear a mask when indoors for 14 days after close contact with a positive case. To request a quarantine exemption, a vaccination card must be presented to confirm the person is fully vaccinated, which begins 14 days after the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or 14 days after the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. There are no exemptions from isolation for those who test positive.
Each school has one or more contact tracers who have completed a certification course from Johns Hopkins. They need to know:
The date the sample was taken that later tested positive for COVID-19.
The date on which any COVID-19 signs or symptoms developed.
That information is used to determine an individual's infectious period so that the contact tracer can then quarantine any unvaccinated household members and advise quarantine for any unvaccinated dating partners in close contact during the infectious period. If the district is in the Orange 1, Orange 2, or Red Alert Levels, then contact tracers will also try to identify anyone the person was in close contact with on a school campus during that period so they can be notified via SchoolMessenger to self-monitor. The district definition of close contact comes from the CDC:
Being within 6 feet of someone for at least 15 minutes
Direct physical contact (hugging or kissing)
Sharing eating or drinking utensils
Sneezing, coughing, or getting respiratory droplets on another person
If the district is in the Orange 1, Orange 2, or Red Alert Levels, the contact tracer can also consult relevant seating charts, class rosters, and other references to try to identify any students or staff who were close contacts or, in the case of elementary classrooms, proximate contacts.
Quarantine for Unvaccinated Household Members & Self-Monitoring by School Close Contacts
For unvaccinated persons living with a positive case, contact tracers calculate the appropriate self-quarantine period during which they are not allowed on campus but instead should stay home and self-monitor for symptoms. They also advise that exposed unvaccinated dating partners voluntarily quarantine.
If the district is in the Orange 1, Orange 2 or Red Alert Levels, contact tracers also reach out to all school-related close or proximate contacts to notify them of the potential exposure. Since unvaccinated persons are urged to be masked when the district is above the Yellow Alert Level, school close contacts would not be required to quarantine, but instead students and parents will be notified via SchoolMessenger so that they can monitor for symptoms for 14 days.
Isolation for Positive Cases
A person who tests positive must isolate and will not be allowed back onto school property until at least 10 days after their positive test OR the onset of their symptoms. Even then, they must have 24 hours with no fever (and no fever-reducing medicine) AND improvement in their symptoms.
People who live with a person under isolation should self-monitor throughout the recovery and for 10 days afterward. Unvaccinated household members must self-quarantine for the entire isolation period AND then self-quarantine for an additional 7-10 days. School contact tracers can calculate and share the likely date such an extended quarantine would end for family members.
Students are expected to engage via Distance Learning while under self-quarantine or isolation UNLESS they are ill.
The most effective protection is to get vaccinated. Vaccinations are available to anyone 12 years or age or older, but note that anyone below the age of 18 must have the consent of a parent or legal guardian. Bartlesville Public Schools does not perform vaccinations, but it has hosted public after-hours vaccination events in its facilities that were conducted by the Washington County Health Department. We do not expect students or parents to solicit medical advice from Bartlesville Public Schools personnel, as such advice should come from trusted health care providers.
If the district is in the Orange 1, Orange 2, or Red Alert Levels, face masks are recommended for ALL persons inside our schools over 2 years of age. This is based on guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics for schools as well as updated guidance from the CDC for areas with substantial and high transmission.
Practice social distancing by avoiding all close contact with people who are sick and, when feasible, staying six feet away from anyone not part of your household.
Stay home when you are sick. The district sends home any student or staff member who has a fever of 100°F and they may NOT return to school until their temperature is below 100°F for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication (Tylenol, ibuprofen) or with a release from a physician.
Cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue or shirt sleeve, and throw any used tissues in the trash.
COVID-19 is mostly spread by breathing, not by surfaces or food.
Regular handwashing with soap and water for 20 seconds and routine cleaning can help prevent infection from various diseases such as influenza, but extraordinary surface disinfection measures are not effective in preventing COVID-19.
How can I arrange for testing?
A family doctor is the best place to start.
The Washington County Health Department at 5121 Jacquelyn Lane sometimes offers testing; call 918-335-3005.
What should I do if someone in my family tests positive for an active case of COVID-19?
If a staff member or student tests positive, call the school and please be prepared to share the date the sample was taken that later tested positive for COVID-19 and the date on which any COVID-19 signs or symptoms developed. You will be connected to a contact tracer who can calculate the isolation period for the positive case and the self-quarantine period for unvaccinated household members and work with you to identify close contacts who will need to self-quarantine or self-monitor.
If the person who tests positive is not a student or staff member, any unvaccinated person who lives with them should quarantine unless they had COVID-19 within the past 90 days or are fully vaccinated. Typically that initial quarantine would need to last for the 10 days after the positive test or after symptoms developed. If the infected person is cleared from isolation, fellow unvaccinated family members who live with the positive person would CONTINUE with an extended self-quarantine for an additional 7-10 days since they could still develop COVID-19. If needed, a district contact tracer can help calculate the isolation period for an infected person AND the likely length of an extended self-quarantine for the rest of the family members. The 10-day quarantine for an unvaccinated household member (NOT the 10-day isolation for a positive case) can be shortened if the quarantined person has a negative COVID-19 test sample, rapid or PCR, taken on day 6 or 7 of the quarantine, thus allowing them to end their quarantine after day 7.
See the earlier section Positive Cases and Contact Tracing for more details.
How will I know if my child is a close contact?
If the district is in the Orange 1, Orange 2, or Red Alert Levels, our contact tracers will attempt to identify close contacts (or proximate contacts in elementary classrooms) and notify parents via SchoolMessenger voice, text, and email messages so that they can monitor the child for symptoms for 14 days. The district no longer recommends close contact quarantines but hopes that unvaccinated persons heeded the district's recommendation to be masked when at those alert levels.
What information will the district release?
The district is bound by FERPA, the federal privacy law. So it cannot release personally identifiable information about any student who is a positive case. This protects personal and family privacy and thus encourages people to report positive cases to the district. Contact tracers are to notify close contacts of self-quarantines without revealing the identify of the person who tested positive. The district only releases numeric tallies of isolation and quarantine cases for students and staffs at the site level. Please do not pressure contact tracers or other district personnel for the identities of people who have tested positive for COVID-19. The district cannot release that information.
When would a school be closed due to COVID-19?
Extreme staffing shortages, high levels of quarantines/isolations/absenteeism , or indications of a super-spreader could send a site into Distance Learning, although a shortage of substitutes might be addressed by transitioning students in grades 9-12 to Distance Learning, as the ones best equipped for it and requiring the least child care for working families, to free up substitutes for the elementary and middle schools. See the district's Pandemic Procedures for details.
When might the entire district go to Distance Learning?
If multiple sites had to transition to Distance Learning, a district-wide transition would be considered.
The Pandemic Response Committee also monitors the city's and district's new case rates and local hospital status, with districtwide Distance Learning should the local ICU come under extreme strain.
See the district's Pandemic Procedures for details.