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Chávez Families,

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)

Link to 4j’s Communicable Disease Management Plan     Exclusion Summary Chart

Definitions:

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. 
  • 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℉, 
  • cough, 
  • shortness of breath, 
  • new loss of taste or smell, 
  • chills, 
  • 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

Thank you for supporting our safe school efforts!

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