COVID Procedures at Cross Schools as of 8/23/21

 

MASKS:

  •      Students in grades K-10 are currently required to wear masks indoors at Cross Schools during normal school hours.
    •   Parents may sign an opt-out form and submit to school.
  • Faculty and staff are required to wear masks indoors. Faculty and staff will be allowed to remove masks during instructional time in the classroom, and avoid close contact during that time with the students by maintaining a physical distance of at least 6 feet.
    •  Unvaccinated faculty and staff members are required to wear a mask indoors at all times.
  • Visitors on campus are required to wear a mask indoors. This includes parents and volunteers.
  •  Participants in indoor sports practices are required to mask if less than 3 feet apart.
  • Spectators at indoor sporting events are required to wear a mask.
  • Students and adults are required to wear a mask when being transported to school events with multiple students in a Cross vehicle. This includes morning and afternoon bus routes.
  •  Students may visit venues or schools that require masks for all…and those directives are to be followed.
  •  Masks are required to be worn in the Nurse’s Office.
  • When we see community rates go down, hospitals no longer full or on diversion, we will move to a masks optional environment.

 

IMPORTANT NOTES ON CLOSE CONTACT AND QUARANTINES: From South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control:

What does it mean to be a close contact of someone with COVID-19?

 A close contact is defined as someone who has been within 6 feet (students in a school setting 3 feet) of an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. In addition, close contacts include people who provide care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19; people who had direct physical contact with the infected person (e.g. hugged or kissed them); people who shared eating and drinking utensils (forks, spoons, cups or glasses) with the sick person; and people who were sneezed or coughed on by someone with COVID-19.

This close contact definition is based on how the virus is spread from person to person through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth or nose. That is why it is so important to wash your hands often and clean frequently touched surfaces at least daily.

  • Those identified as close-contacts (less than 3 feet for more than a cumulative 15 minutes in a 24-hour period) will be required to quarantine, masked or not.
  • Exceptions: Fully vaccinated people and people verified (positive PCR or antigen test) to have been infected with COVID-19 in the previous 90 days who were in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 but do not have COVID-19 symptoms do not need to quarantine unless they develop symptoms. Individuals may voluntarily choose to provide documentation of their full vaccination status to eliminate the need for quarantine. Fully vaccinated people are recommended to get tested 3-5 days after exposure, even if they do not have symptoms, and it is important for them to wear a mask at school until 14 days after exposure or they receive a negative test result.
  •   Final decisions involving quarantines (or exclusions from) are made by the School Nurse, and the decision needs to be respected.

 

PROTOCOLS FOR EXPOSURE AND RETURN TO WORK / SCHOOL

Situation #1:  A faculty or staff member develops COVID symptoms:  The faculty or staff member must be out until fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.  The faulty or staff member will consult their healthcare provider to see if testing is indicated.  If not indicated, they will return to work with social distancing and wearing a mask. If testing is indicated, and faculty or staff member has symptoms present listed below, he or she should stay at home, and provide virtual content / detailed sub plans until the results of the test are known.

Situation #2:  A student develops COVID symptoms:  The student will be out until fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication.  The parents will consult their healthcare provider to determine if COVID testing is indicated.  If testing is indicated, and the student has symptoms present listed below, the student will not attend school but will continue with streaming classes online / work sent home.  If the student is too ill to participate work will be made up when they return. 

Situation #3:  A faculty or staff member has a member of their household develop COVID-19 symptoms:  The faculty or staff member should quarantine until the test results from the person exhibiting symptoms are obtained.  If household contact is positive see Situation #7.  If faculty or staff member develops symptoms see Situation #1.

Situation #4: A student has a member of their household develop COVID-19 symptoms:  The student should quarantine until test results from the person exhibiting symptoms are obtained. If household contact is positive, see Situation #8.  If student develops symptoms see Situation #2.

Situation #5:  A faculty or staff member has “close contact” with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19:  Anyone who has close contact with someone with COVID-19 should stay home for 14 days after exposure based on the time it takes to develop the illness. Members of the teaching faculty would be expected to provide virtual learning content / detailed sub plans during this time.  If symptoms develop see example #1. Fully vaccinated people and people verified (positive PCR or antigen test) to have been infected with COVID-19 in the previous 90 days who were in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 but do not have COVID-19 symptoms do not need to quarantine unless they develop symptoms. Individuals may voluntarily choose to provide documentation of their full vaccination status to eliminate the need for quarantine. Fully vaccinated people are recommended to get tested 3-5 days after exposure, even if they do not have symptoms, and it is important for them to wear a mask at school until 14 days after exposure or they receive a negative test result.

Situation #6:  A student has “close contact” with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19:  Anyone who has close contact with someone with COVID-19 should stay home for 14 days after exposure based on the time it takes to develop the illness.  Students are expected to continue to complete work via participation in streaming classes and work sent home.  If symptoms develop see example #2.  Fully vaccinated people and people verified (positive PCR or antigen test) to have been infected with COVID-19 in the previous 90 days who were in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 but do not have COVID-19 symptoms do not need to quarantine unless they develop symptoms. Individuals may voluntarily choose to provide documentation of their full vaccination status to eliminate the need for quarantine. Fully vaccinated people are recommended to get tested 3-5 days after exposure, even if they do not have symptoms, and it is important for them to wear a mask at school until 14 days after exposure or they receive a negative test result..

Situation #7:  A faculty or staff member has houseshold contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19:  Anyone who has household contact with someone with COVID-19 should stay home for 14 days after exposure based on the time it takes to develop the illness.  If asymptomatic at the time the COVID-19 positive household contact is released from isolation, the faculty/staff member must quarantine for an additional 14 days beyond the end of the household contact’s isolation. Members of the teaching faculty would be expected to provide virtual learning content / detailed sub plans during this time. If symptoms develop see example #2.  Fully vaccinated people and people verified (positive PCR or antigen test) to have been infected with COVID-19 in the previous 90 days who were in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 but do not have COVID-19 symptoms do not need to quarantine unless they develop symptoms. Individuals may voluntarily choose to provide documentation of their full vaccination status to eliminate the need for quarantine. Fully vaccinated people are recommended to get tested 3-5 days after exposure, even if they do not have symptoms, and it is important for them to wear a mask at school until 14 days after exposure or they receive a negative test result.

Situation #8:  A student has houseshold contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID:  Anyone who has household contact with someone with COVID-19 should stay home for after exposure based on the time it takes to develop the illness.  If asymptomatic at the time the COVID-19 positive household contact is released from isolation, the student must quarantine for an additional 14 days beyond the end of the household contact’s isolation. Students are expected to continue to complete work via participation in streaming classes and work sent home.  If symptoms develop see example #2. Fully vaccinated people and people verified (positive PCR or antigen test) to have been infected with COVID-19 in the previous 90 days who were in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 but do not have COVID-19 symptoms do not need to quarantine unless they develop symptoms. Individuals may voluntarily choose to provide documentation of their full vaccination status to eliminate the need for quarantine. Fully vaccinated people are recommended to get tested 3-5 days after exposure, even if they do not have symptoms, and it is important for them to wear a mask at school until 14 days after exposure or they receive a negative test result.

Situation #9:  A faculty or staff member tests positive for COVID with symptoms: 

The faculty or staff member can return after:

●      Being fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and

●      Symptoms improved and

●      10 days since symptoms first appeared

The faculty or staff member will return with social distancing and masking.

 

Situation #10:  A student tests positive for COVID with symptoms

The student can return after:

●      Being fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and

●      Symptoms improved and

●      10 days since symptoms first appeared

The student will return with social distancing and masking if age appropriate.

Situation #11:  A faculty or staff member tests positive for COVID with no symptoms:

If you continue to have no symptoms, you can return after:

●      10 days have passed since test

●      If symptoms develop, situation #7 applies

Situation #12:  A student tests positive for COVID with no symptoms:

If you continue to have no symptoms, you can return after:

●      10 days have passed since the test

●      If symptoms develop, situation #8 applies

CLUSTER CASES:

In grades K-4, if there are more than 3 positive cases at one time in one class, the entire class may need to quarantine.

NOTIFICATIONS:

If a student or faculty or staff member tests positive in a grade level where students change classes, all parents with students in that grade will be notified.   No notifications will be issued while tests are pending.

If a student or faculty or staff member tests positive in a grade level where students do not change classes, all parents in that homeroom will be notified.   No notifications will be issued while tests are pending. 

If a faculty member who utilizes multiple classrooms during the day tests positive, all parents with students who have class with that faculty member will be notified.  No notifications will be issued while tests are pending.

For any situation that develops as above with a student or faculty or staff member, the administration should be immediately notified.

QUARANTINE OPTIONS:

A full fourteen (14) day quarantine remains the most effective method to prevent transmission after exposure to a COVID-19 case and should be recommended in situations where any risk of transmission cannot be tolerated (e.g. persons who work with those at high risk of severe infection). Please contact Nurse Wendy for guidance on the quarantine option and criteria that should be followed for your case.  Preschool students will continue to follow the 14-day quarantine protocol due to the nature of student to student interaction as well as student and faculty interactions.

 

Quarantine may end after Day 10 after last exposure to the case if no symptoms have been reported throughout the quarantine period and additional criteria below are met. These criteria may be used to end quarantine without testing, but testing should be highly encouraged before ending quarantine early.

 

Quarantine may end after Day 7 if the individual has a negative polymerase chain (PCR) or antigen test result collected no sooner than Day 5 and additional criteria listed below is met. If their result is returned earlier than Day 7, they must continue to quarantine and monitor for symptoms until completing Day 7. A PCR-based test is the preferred option due to the reduced sensitivity of antigen testing in asymptomatic individuals. Home tests may not be utilized as proof of negative testing for shortened quarantine or return to school / work.

 

 

Additional criteria to discontinue quarantine at these time points (after Day 7 or 10) that must also be met:1. No symptoms of COVID-19 occurred during quarantine

AND

2. Continue to monitor for symptoms until Day 14 after last time coming into contact with the COVID-19 case;

 AND

3. Continue to closely follow all recommendations to prevent spread of the virus (correct and regular use of face coverings, social distancing, hand washing, etc.) through quarantine day 14. Anyone who develops symptoms must immediately separate themselves from others, call their medical provider, and get tested for COVID-19.

 

 

SYMPTOMS:

 

In making a determination of a basal level of healthiness that allows for the mitigation of the spread of COVID-19, as well as other contagious viruses, please take just a minute to briefly answer these questions at home in the morning before departure for the school day. Parents will obviously need to make the assessment for younger children.

 

Is your child currently experiencing any one of the following:

 

Fever

Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Loss of taste or smell

New or worsening cough

OR 

 

Is your child currently experiencing any two of the following:

 

Sore throat

Muscle or body aches

Fatigue

Headache

Congestion or runny nose
Diarrhea

Nausea or vomiting

 

Any child with any one of these symptoms should consider not attending school regardless of meeting exclusion criteria. If these symptoms are explainable by an underlying condition (such as shortness of breath or cough for an individual with asthma) exclusion may not be necessary.

 

 

 

 

For questions please contact Nurse Wendy at w.cummings@crossschools.org.

 

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