Based upon CDC and ADPH guidelines and recommendations, BCSS guidelines will be as follows:
If a student/staff member tests positive for COVID-19 they must isolate themselves for 5 days. If symptomatic, day 0 would be the day your symptoms started and if no symptoms, day 0 would be the day that you tested positive. You will isolate through day 5 and may return on day 6, if symptoms have improved and no fever for 24 hours, without taking fever reducing medication. You must wear a well-fitting mask correctly and consistently through day 10. If you can not wear a mask, then you must isolate the entire 10 days and return on day 11. Anyone who has been exposed to someone with COVID must wear a well-fitting mask correctly and consistently for 10 days. If you live in a home with someone who has tested positive for COVID, you are no longer required to quarantine. However, you must wear a mask for 10 days and monitor for symptoms. It is recommended that you be tested on day 5, whether you have symptoms or not. If you test negative, continue to wear your mask through Day 10. If you test positive, you should follow the isolation guidelines previously stated.
If there is a case of COVID-19 in class and your child has been exposed, there will be a communication letter sent home with the student stating that they have been exposed, the date they were in contact, and to monitor for symptoms for 10 days. COVID-19 exposures will no longer have to be quarantined, unless otherwise instructed by your primary care physician.
Students and staff are free to wear face coverings if desired. Vaccinations, proper hand hygiene, cough etiquette, and cleaning/disinfecting are encouraged.
Please do not send your child to school if they are sick and/or having a fever. It is very difficult for younger children to wear facial coverings that are well fitting, consistently and correctly. Therefore, it is the responsibility of parents and staff to do what is best to help protect our students. The education and safety of our students is very important, as well as the safety of our staff and families.