Health & Safety Protocols
COVID-19: Exposure - Quarantine - Isolation
As we begin the 2021-22 school year, we recognize that the pandemic is still active. Please make sure when you bring your children to school each day that they are free of any symptoms associated with COVID-19. If your child is not feeling well, please keep him/her home. The success of our school year and the health and safety of all of our children and faculty depends on your transparency and diligence.
Please contact Denise Brennan if your child is a known exposure of a positive case, if your child begins exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, if you or any member of your household is getting tested for COVID-19, or if you or any member of your household receives a positive COVID-19 test result.
Denise Brennan: 904-353-5511 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Current Campus Health & Safety Protocols
Universal Masking - Universal masking means that all students, faculty, staff, and visitors are required to wear a face mask while indoors on campus, regardless of vaccination status.
Distancing - Desks are spaced three to six feet apart or in pods. Students are spaced at tables. Students keep safe distance while moving to classes and around campus.
- Hand Hygiene - Students should wash their hands frequently and foam in and out of classrooms.
General Guidance for Parents
- Keep children home if they are not feeling well, or have run a fever in the last 24 hours
- Keep children home if there is any question they may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
- When any member of your family has an outstanding PCR test, students may attend school pending the test result and must be masked (Updated October 2021). If your household receives a positive test results, students should quarantine immediately. See quarantine guidelines below.
- Please be transparent and notify the school if COVID-19 is suspected or confirmed in anyone in your home. If your household receives a positive test
- Please ensure your child is equipped with a well-fitting mask. Masks should fit securely to the face and cover the nose and mouth.
COVID-19 Contact Tracing
The school reports all positive COVID-19 cases reported by students, faculty, staff, or vendors to the Florida Department of Health and assists in contact tracing by completing the following steps:
- Identifies potential close contacts of the positive case by contact tracing within the school building based on the contagious period of the positive case and providing contact tracing information to the COVID-19 Task Force.
- Contagious period: An individual is considered contagious 48 hours prior to their onset of symptoms or positive test (if asymptomatic). We use this timeframe for tracing any close contacts of a positive individual. For example, if a person develops symptoms on Sunday, they were contagious on Friday and our contact tracing would begin with that date.
- Close Contact is defined by the CDC as being within 6 ft of a positive individual for 15 minutes or more (cumulatively over a 24 hour period). The CDC provides an exception for K-12 schools.
- CDC Exception for Contact Tracing in K-12 Schools: "In the K-12 indoor classroom setting, the close contact definition excludes students who were within 3 to 6 ft of an infected student (laboratory-confirmed or clinically compatible illness) if both students correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time."
- After contact tracing is complete, the COVID-19 Task Force calls all close contacts to inform them of the positive case and provides information regarding exposure to COVID-19. When there is a positive case in a class, all parents in the class will receive a phone call from a member of the COVID-19 Task Force notifying them of the case and provide information regarding exposure to COVID-19. When there is a positive case in a class, all parents in the class will receive a phone call from a member of the COVID-19 Task Force notifying them of the case and provide information regarding monitoring for symptoms.
- Once phone calls to the class directly impacted by the positive case are completed, a school-wide emails is sent to notify parents of the positive case within the RPDS community.
- Detailed lined forms are completed and submitted to the Florida Department of Health.
Please always consult with your healthcare provider any time COVID-19 is suspected. Testing at the right time with the right test provides invaluable information and helps to keep our school community safe.
PCR testing remains the most accurate test in detecting COVID-19.
When any member of your family has an outstanding PCR test, students may attend school pending the test result and must be masked (updated October 2021).
Asymptomatic individuals should PCR test on day 5 after known exposure, with the last date of exposure marked as day 0.
A PCR test is required for the 7-day quarantine and must be done on day 5 as described above. A negative result must be provided to the school before returning to campus.
Rapid tests are best used in symptomatic individuals.
Quarantine Guidelines and Timelines
- If you have been exposed to (come in close contact with) someone with diagnosed or strongly suspected COVID-19, please notify the school immediately and begin quarantine. Close contact is considered within 6 ft of the individual for 15 minutes or longer (15 minutes over a 24-hour period; i.e. any time increments that total 15 minutes in a day). While the CDC still recognizes the safest quarantine period is 14 days, they also allow for a shorter 10 and 7-day quarantine period. Date of last exposure is considered day zero. Quarantine would be days 1-7 (with a negative PCR on day 5) or days 1-10 (without testing), away from all others at home and at play, strictly masking if in the same room or car with family members, and closely monitor for any symptoms of COVID-19. If no symptoms arise during the quarantine period, you may return to school on the designated date. If you come in contact with the case of COVID-19 again during your quarantine period, quarantine must start over.
- CDC Exception for Contact Tracing in K-12 Schools: “In the K-12 indoor classroom setting, the close contact definition excludes students who were within 3 to 6 ft of an infected student (laboratory-confirmed or clinically compatible illness) if both students correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time.”
- While our goal throughout the school year is to keep the most students engaged in on-campus learning, we must evaluate each circumstance and its complexities on a case by case basis to determine the best course of action for student learning and protect the overall safety of the RPDS community. This could mean, in some circumstances, a class quarantine is warranted.
- If you are fully vaccinated and are exposed to COVID-19, you should get tested 3-5 days after your exposure, even if you don’t have symptoms. You should also wear a mask indoors in public places for 14 days following your exposure or until a negative test result is received. You should isolate for 10 days if your test result is positive, or if any symptoms arise.
- Fully vaccinated people should monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following an exposure.
Isolation Guidelines and Timelines
If you test positive or develop symptoms of COVID-19, isolate immediately and notify your healthcare provider and the school. The date of your onset of symptoms is considered day zero, and you need to isolate from all other household members days 1-10. All other members of the household should quarantine based on guidelines above. You may end isolation on day 11, provided you have been fever free without medications for at least 24 hours and all of your symptoms have improved. If you have moderate to severe symptoms, your isolation may need to be extended to 20 days. Please stay in close communication with your healthcare provider.
Out of an abundance of caution, RPDS cannot allow a negative test result to override a positive test result.
Fully Vaccinated with COVID-19 Symptoms:
Any fully vaccinated person who experiences symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should isolate themselves from others, be clinically evaluated and tested for COVID-19 if indicated. The symptomatic fully vaccinated person should inform their healthcare provider of their vaccination status at the time of presentation to care.
Fully Vaccinated with No COVID-like Symptoms Following an Exposure to Someone with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19:
Fully vaccinated people should be tested 3-5 days following a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result. They should isolate if they test positive. Fully vaccinated people who live in a household with someone who is immunosuppressed, at increased risk of severe disease, or unvaccinated (including children <12 years of age) could also consider masking at home for 14 days following a known exposure or until they receive a negative test result. Most fully vaccinated people with no COVID-like symptoms do not need to quarantine or be restricted from work following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, if they follow the testing and masking recommendation above.