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    School will be starting this fall and the Anchorage School District is working with local pediatricians to create a plan for students and their families. Schools are taking precautions to keep students healthy and are depending on parents to know when kids should stay home from school.

  • When to stay home and call your child’s doctor’s office:

  • When to seek urgent medical care:

  • My child has been sent home from school due to concern for potential COVID- 19 symptoms, now what?

  • When can my child go back to school if they have confirmed COVID-19?

  • What if my child does not have a doctor?

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  • If a parent, spouse or other household member that lives with a student or staff member tests positive, is this considered a confirmed case in the school?

  • If one student in a classroom tests positive for COVID-19, is everyone in that same classroom considered a close contact?

  • Will schools be notified if one of their staff or students is identified as a positive case or a close contact of someone testing positive for COVID-19?

  • If a school is notified mid-day of a positive case within a building, is the recommendation to immediately remove students from the impacted area for cleaning or wait until the end of the school day?

  • If a student who is identified as a close contact tests negative for COVID-19 during the 14-day quarantine period, can they return to school?

  • What do we do if a student has tested positive for COVID-19, but their parent refuses to obey isolation orders (i.e. continues to send the child to school despite being told not to)?

  • Will the AHD let school officials know when a student can return to school, whether they’re a close contact or a confirmed case?

  • How is a close contact determined?

  • How soon will close contacts be notified by ASD or AHD? What if someone who is considered a close contact shows up for school?

  • What should I do during the time period between when I’ve been notified of a positive case in one of my buildings and before AHD or ASD has contacted me to discuss close contacts?

  • Many people with COVID-19 are asymptomatic. Should we still screen students for temperature and symptoms?

  • Is ASD requiring students and staff to wear masks?

  • Should teachers use clear face shields in place of cloth masks, so students can pick up on facial cues and mouth formations?

  • How do we handle students who are wearing the same masks over and over without washing? Do the masks become less effective in that case?

  • Who will supply infection control materials to the schools?

  • I’ve heard that some States are requiring sentinel testing for schools. How can I learn more?

  • Will the state help school leaders communicate with their school community if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19?

  • How do we communicate with our school community while still following HIPAA and FERPA?

  • How do we best calm anxiety about returning to school?

  • Are students who are participating in distance learning still required to be vaccinated?

  • Scenario 1: Close contact with someone who has COVID-19—will not have further close contact

  • Scenario 2: I had symptoms and tested positive for COVID-19.

  • Scenario 3: I had no symptoms, but tested positive for COVID-19

  • Scenario 4: Live with someone who has COVID-19 and cannot avoid continued close contact

  • Scenario 5: I am a contact of a close contact of a person who tested positive for COVID-19.

  • Scenario 6: I had symptoms for a few days, but I am better now, when can I return to work?

  • Scenario 7: I am under quarantine and had additional close contact with someone who has COVID-19

  • Scenario 8: Close contact with someone who has COVID-19—live with the person but can avoid further close contact

Last Modified on February 22, 2021