COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions 21-22

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions 21-22
Posted on 08/24/2021

 

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions 2021-22
 
(Revised 01/18/2022)

Can students wear masks?  GCSD recommends and encourages students, staff and visitors to wear masks will in all facilities and will provide them upon request.  This applies to all GCSD facilities.  Mask use is required on school buses per federal CDC Order.

Is Plexiglass available?  Yes, Plexiglass is available for students upon written requests by parents.  It should be noted CDC and DHEC guidance no longer have any references about the use of Plexiglass.

What happens if my student tests positive for COVID-19?  Isolation is required for all cases of COVID-19. Students testing positive for COVID-19 need to isolate for at least 5 days following the positive test, regardless of vaccination status.  Students can return to school after 5 days of isolation IF they are asymptomatic AND without fever for the previous 24 hours (and have not used fever-reducing medication during that time). Per DHEC guidelines, upon returning to school, a mask must be worn through Day 10.  

When is someone considered vaccinated? Maximally vaccinated applies only to individuals 18 years of age and older. To be maximally vaccinated an individual must have completed their primary vaccine series and have a booster shot if eligible.  Fully vaccinated applies to individuals ages 5 to 17. To be fully vaccinated an individual must have completed their primary vaccine series.

What is a close contact? SCDHEC defines a close contact as someone who was within 6 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 (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes). An infected person can spread the virus starting from 48 hours before they have any symptoms (or, for asymptomatic patients, 48 hours before the specimen was collected), until they meet criteria for discontinuing home isolation.

  • In the K–12 schools, the close contact definition excludes students who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student (laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness) if both the infected student and the exposed student(s) wore masks during the exposure time. This exception does not apply to teachers, staff, or other adults in the indoor classroom setting.

What if my student is identified as a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19?

  • Maximally or Fully vaccinated student: Quarantine is not required. Pursuant to SCDHEC guidelines, a mask must be worn for 10 days. Testing recommended on Day 5 (not required).
  • Not Maximally or Fully vaccinated student: Quarantine is required. There are two options for quarantine:
    • 10 days of quarantine with no symptoms reported

    OR

    • 5 days of quarantine with no symptoms reported. Pursuant to SCDHEC guidelines, mask use is required through Day 10. Testing recommended on Day 5 (not required). 

What is a household contact? SCDHEC defines household contact as a student who lives in the same household as a known case and cannot completely separate in their own space in the home. 

What if my student is a household contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19?

  • Maximally/Fully vaccinated student: If no symptoms are present, no quarantine is required. Pursuant to SCDHEC guidelines, mask use is required for 15 days after exposure. Testing recommended on Day 10 (not required).
  •  Not Maximally or Fully vaccinated student: Quarantine required. There are two options for quarantine:
    • Quarantine for infected individual’s isolation period PLUS 10 additional days with no symptoms reported 
    OR
    • Quarantine for infected individual’s isolation period PLUS 5 additional days with no symptoms reported. Upon return to school, mask use is required for 5 days. Testing recommended one day prior to return to school (not required).

Do you accept At-Home Rapid-Test results? Yes, we recommend that you submit your test results, but it is not required. Use of At-Home Rapid-Test results requires submission of a completed  At-Home Rapid-Test Results Attestation Form in order for results to be used. Individuals may not return early if they are having symptoms, regardless of test results.

Where Can I Order An At-Home Rapid Test Kit? Rapid At-Home Test kits can be ordered at www.nachw.org/covidtests. Each household will receive one package, which contains four at-home rapid antigen tests. The test kits will be sent to household addresses by the USPS.

Where do I submit my student’s test results?  Submit COVID-19 test results to the school nurse via email or at the school.

Where can I find additional information about isolation and quarantine? Additional information can be found in the SCDHEC COVID-19 GUIDANCE for K-12 SCHOOLS.

How will my student learn in quarantine?  It depends on the age of the student and the type of class or classes.  Some of the methods include work packets, Google classroom, and dual modality. Students will be provided a district learning device or may use their own device to access Google Classrooms or dual modality where they will be able to participate in their regular classes.

What strategies are being used to reduce transmission of COVID-19 in GCSD schools?  GCSD has implemented enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols in all of its facilities using the latest equipment and cleaning products.  Handwashing and respiratory etiquette are taught at all levels.  Physical distancing is in place to the extent possible.  Mask wearing and vaccination are strongly recommended and encouraged. 


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