Claude ISD COVID Protocol
Student/Staff that leaves or misses school due to any COVID symptom
Must remain at home for at least a full 48 hours.
Must be fever free without the use of fever reducing medication for 48 hours (Fever=99.8).
Student will need to remain at home until other symptoms improve/subside
In order to return prior to 48 hours, you may provide a note from a Licensed Medical Provider clearing you to return to school or a lab confirmed negative COVID test.
Student/Staff that is being tested for COVID
Must remain at home until lab confirmed COVID test has resulted. Any other persons of the home (e.g. spouse, children, siblings etc.) must also stay home until test result have been lab confirmed.
If Negative: May return if fever free for past 48 hours without use of fever reducing medication and symptoms have been improving over last 72 hours. You must provide a copy of the lab confirmed COVID test result and a physician’s note.
If Positive: please see below.
Student/Staff that has an in home member being tested for COVID
Must remain at home until COVID test has resulted.
If Negative: May return to school unless student/staff are having symptoms. Then must follow protocol above-Student/Staff that leaves or misses school due to any COVID symptom.
If Positive: please see below
Student/Staff with lab confirmed Positive COVID test
Must isolate at home for 10 days minimum.
Must be fever free for at least 72 hours without the use of fever reducing medications prior to returning to school.
Must have an improvement in symptoms for at least the previous 72 hours prior to return.
Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks/months and should not delay the end of isolation.
At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
Prior to return to school/work you must be cleared by the school nurse. No one will be allowed back prior to school nurse approval.
After being cleared by the school nurse you may return to school/work with a MASK (face shield will not be accepted for this time period) at all times for 5 school days.
Student/Staff with in home member confirmed Positive for COVID
Must quarantine at home for the 10-day minimum isolation period of infectious person (if they are not out of isolation due to continued symptoms you must stay quarantined also). Plus, an additional 14-day quarantine that will begin after the COVID-19 positive person’s isolation period has ended.
If symptoms develop in another in-home person during that time, and they get tested and have a lab confirmed positive test they will start the 10-day minimum isolation period that day. The quarantine time will start over for all other non-COVID persons in the home from the date of the latest test.
If staff/student is tested for COVID and are positive, quarantine time starts on date of their test. 10-day minimum.
Student/Staff that has had close contact with person that tests positive for COVID
Must remain off campus and quarantined until 14-day incubation period has passed. If at any time during those 14 days’ symptoms arise…must complete steps listed above.
Symptoms of COVID
Shortness of Breath/Difficulty Breathing
Loss in sense of taste or smell
GI Symptoms (Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea)
What is Close Contact?
You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more during a 24-hour period. (This contact starts 48 hours prior to the COVID positive person showing symptoms or if asymptomatic, 48 hours prior to the COVID test.)
You provided care to someone who is sick with COVID-19 without proper personal protective equipment (PPE).
You had direct physical contact with a COVID-19 positive person (hugged or kissed them).
You shared eating or drinking utensils with a person positive with COVID-19.
A person with COVID-19 sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you.
What is Quarantine?
Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others to help prevent the spread of disease. People may not know they are sick and may never develop symptoms, that have been infected with the virus. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their own health, and follow directions from their state or local health department. Those in quarantine should have somebody bring them food and other essentials to the home as they should not go to the store or be other places in public. With the exception of seeking medical care. If that is the case, you need to notify your physician’s office, hospital, or EMS and let them know you have been exposed to or have tested positive with COVID-19.
When may you END quarantine?
You tested positive for COVID-19.
You must stay isolated at home for a minimum of 10 days. However, some with severe COVID-19 may need to isolate longer. You may end quarantine when at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared and it has been 72 hours since your last fever without taking fever reducing medication, and other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving. Note: loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks/months and should not delay the end of isolation.
You had close contact with a COVID-19 positive person, but will not have further close contact (e.g., co-worker, student, somebody that does not live in the same household as you).
Your quarantine is 14 days from the date of last close contact. Watch for fever (100.4), cough, shortness of breath or other symptoms of COVID-19. If possible, stay away from others, especially those who are at a higher risk of developing COVID-19.
You should stay home even if you test negative for COVID-19 or feel healthy. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. You may NOT test out of quarantine.
You live with someone who has COVID-19.
Your quarantine starts the day of positive test. You must avoid contact with others outside of the home while the person is completing their home isolation period (minimum of 10 days) then add 14 days from there. It is a minimum of a 24-day quarantine. The additional 14 days do not start until the person that is positive for COVID-19 has completed their isolation period (see above-You Tested Positive for COVID-19).
Those that have tested positive for COVID-19 and recovered and later have close contact with someone with COVID-19.
Do not need to be retested (unless advised by their physician) or quarantine for up to 3 months since their last test, as long as they do not develop symptoms again.
FYI: When we contact trace to see who close contacts may have been, we trace back 48 hours prior to symptom onset or 48 hours prior to positive test if asymptomatic.
We realize that we have to depend on the honor system during this pandemic. We ask that you please be honest with symptoms and testing. If your child is having any of the symptoms of COVID please keep them at home. If you are an employee and having any of the symptoms of COVID please stay home. If you think that the symptoms are caused by anything other than COVID please obtain a physician’s note to return to work/school.
We are going to be much stricter about sending kids home with any COVID symptoms. Some symptoms we just have to take their word for (e.g. sore throat, nausea, headache etc.). Please talk with your children about being honest when feeling bad. We realize symptoms may start during the school day and we need to know if that happens.
This is a site to approved testing locations https://tdem.texas.gov/covid-19/
IF TESTED FOR COVID…PLEASE PROVIDE A COPY OF YOUR LAB CONFIRMED RESULT TO SCHOOL OFFICE
This protocol is subject to change