COVID-19 Quarantine FAQ

What Families Can Expect if Their Child is Quarantined

If your child is identified as a close contact to a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, you will receive a phone call from District staff to check on your child’s health and provide details on when your child may return to school and resume their usual activities.

As long as your child is not showing symptoms of COVID-19, he/she may return following their quarantine.   If anyone in your household begins to exhibit symptoms, please seek medical attention from a health-care provider and notify the school.  

Answers to frequently asked questions:
Following are answers to frequently asked questions. If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact your child’s school.

What does quarantine mean?
Quarantine means separating people who were exposed to a sick person away from others. Because someone can spread COVID-19 before they have symptoms, quarantine stops them from accidentally spreading the virus to other healthy people; however, it is important to note that not all who are quarantined have or will have COVID-19.

How will my child complete school work if they are quarantined?
Students who are quarantined as a result of COVID-19 and feel well enough to complete school work, will be able to keep up with the class by asynchronously accessing the course daily during the quarantine via Schoology/Seesaw. To limit changes in teacher and flow of curriculum, quarantined students will remain with their current teacher. Only in instances when an entire class is quarantined or building is closed will students return to Distance Learning 2.0, Monday-Friday, who are not already enrolled in that learning option.

What does a quarantine involve?
Per the CDC, “Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department.”

What activities should my child avoid during quarantine?  
Your child should remain home during quarantine.  Your child will not be permitted to attend in-person school/vo-tech, sports or extra-curricular activities.  In addition, your child should not engage in activities with friends and family, attend youth sporting activities, community events, social activities, or report to work.  

Does a quarantine mean my child needs tested for COVID-19?  
Per the Department of Health, “regardless of age, if a patient is identified as being a close contact of a COVID-19 case, it is strongly recommended that they be tested for SARS-CoV-2 at least 2-3 days after the exposure, regardless of the presence of symptoms.”

Click here for information about no cost and low cost COVID-19 testing in our area.

Can we shorten my child's quarantine from 14 days to 10 days if they are not showing and have not shown any symptoms? 
Yes, on December 4, 2020, the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH) released new recommendations related to quarantine which allows them to be shortened. Previously, the guidance was for individuals in direct contact with a COVID-19 positive person to be quarantined for 14 days from last exposure; however the CDC and DOH now provide guidance on shortening quarantine periods to 7-10 days. Click here for more information and necessary forms which must be submitted before a student can return to school. It is important to note that although periods of quarantine may be reduced, the CDC and PA DOH recommend individuals who have been exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual monitor their symptoms for the full 14 days after their last exposure.

What should I do if my child develops symptoms?
Monitor your child for COVID symptoms throughout their quarantine period.  If your child begins to develop symptoms, contact their health care provider for guidance.  At this point the Department of Health would consider your child a probable case of COVID-19.  Please contact your child’s school nurse if your child develops symptoms.   The nurse will provide directions on important next steps.  

Does the rest of my family have to quarantine because my child has to quarantine?
No, unless additional family members have been identified as a close contact, they are not required to quarantine. Please continue to use the COVID-19 screening tool to assess other family members for signs of illness.  

 

SOURCES:
CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html
PA Health Alert Network: 
https://www.montcopa.org/DocumentCenter/View/29098/2020-PAHAN-528-10-1-ADV---Considerat


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