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 09/08/21)

Can students wear masks?  Yes, masks cannot be mandated or required per state law, but GCSD encourages students, staff and visitors to wear masks and will provide them upon request.  This applies to all GCSD facilities and school buses.

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?  Generally, the current isolation period is 10 days.  More specific information can be found here

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 Chromebook or may use their own device to access Google Classrooms or dual modality where they will be able to participate in their regular classes.

*NEW*  What if my student is identified as a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19:  CDC continues to recommend quarantine for 14 days after last exposure. However, there are options to reduce the duration of quarantine in either of the following two scenarios, which DHEC strongly recommends schools implement: 

  • 10 days of quarantine have been completed and no symptoms have been reported during daily at home monitoring.
  • 7 days of quarantine have been completed, no symptoms have been reported during daily at home monitoring, and the individual has received results of a negative antigen or PCR/molecular test that was taken no earlier than day 5 of quarantine.
  • A close contact who is ending quarantine early (less than 14 days) and returning to the school environment should wear a mask and in order to return to in-person learning. The individual should also continue to monitor for symptoms through 14 days after the date of last exposure.

CDC 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.

  • Athletics/Activities: Close contacts will include anyone 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) from 48 hours prior to symptom onset (or specimen collection for an asymptomatic infected person) of the infected person.

Quarantine is required for an individual who has been a close contact with the following two exceptions:

  • Individuals who have provided documentation that they are fully vaccinated and do not have symptoms do NOT need to quarantine after a close contact.
  • People who have tested positive (PCR or antigen test) for COVID-19 within the past 90 days and recovered and do not have symptoms do NOT need to quarantine.

Additional information can be found here.

When is someone considered fully vaccinated?   A person is considered fully vaccinated, ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine.

Does my student need to quarantine if he/she has been vaccinated?  Not if they are fully vaccinated, see above.

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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