Below, you will find updated information about the process of mitigating the spread of COVID-19 through school exclusion, quarantine, and isolation. (Haga clic aquí para español)
Isolation: Separates people with a contagious disease from other people to prevent spread
Quarantine: Separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to see if they become sick and prevents disease spread
Exclusion: Keeping a student with symptoms out of school to prevent possible disease spread
What if a student comes to school, and then tests positive for COVID-19?
- Student testing positive begins isolation for ten days.
- Symptomatic: Date of symptom onset
- Asymptomatic: Date of positive test
- Contact tracing begins immediately.
- Directed by the COVID Tracing team at 4j in conjunction with Lane County Public Health.
- Interviews of family, student, teachers, staff, and close classmates.
- Analysis of seating arrangements, room movements, restroom visits, playground activities, and meal structures, locations, and duration.
- Close contacts are identified.
- Any student identified as a close contact is sent home.
- Close contacts will quarantine for 14 days, with no option for a negative test to be back at school.
- The absences are excused.
- Classroom members receive communication via email.
- Shares that a student in their class tested positive for COVID-19
- Shares that if no direct contact from COVID tracing team is received, their student is not identified as a close contact and does not need to quarantine.
Who is identified as a close contact/exposure?
- Exposure defined as a susceptible individual, who has close contact (within six feet) for longer than 15 cumulative minutes in a day with a person who has COVID-19.
- See ODE’s Resiliency Framework for more details
- Six feet applies to mealtime and bus riding
- Exception from quarantine, allows for three feet of distance
- effective only in the K–12 indoor classroom setting
- students who were within 3 or more feet of an infected student, where both students were engaged in consistent and correct use of well-fitting face coverings;
- and other K–12 school prevention strategies (such as universal and correct face covering use, physical distancing, increased ventilation) were in place in the K–12 school setting.
- This exception does not apply to teachers, staff, or other adults in the indoor classroom setting.
When might a student be sent home for illness?
- Primary symptoms of COVID-19
- fever of >100.4℉,
- shortness of breath,
- new loss of taste or smell,
- difficulty breathing
- Student is excluded from school for:
- Ten days or
- A negative COVID-19 test result
How will my student continue to learn and be a part of the school community?
- Individual student quarantine
- Teacher will reach out to family and student
- Family will receive an instructional letter from the teacher about supporting learning at home
- Office hours are available for student support
- Full cohort/classroom quarantine
- Day 1 materials will be on Seesaw for students to do on their own time (asynchronous)
- Days 2+ will be live with your classroom teacher! A schedule will be posted and technology will be provided.
How can I support a safe school environment from home?
- Limit gatherings
- Wear masks
- Stay home if showing symptoms
- Sign up for U of O/OHA weekly testing process: https://coronavirus.uoregon.edu/k12testing
Thank you for supporting our safe school efforts!