General

  • 1. 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?

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

  • 3. 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?

  • 4. 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?

  • 5. If a student who is identified as a close contact tests negative for COVID-19 during the 10-day quarantine period, can they return to school?

  • 6. 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)?

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

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

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

Close Contacts

  • 1. How is a close contact determined?

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

  • 3. 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?

Infection Control

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

  • 2. Is ASD requiring students and staff to wear masks?

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

  • 4. 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?

  • 5. Who will supply infection control materials to the schools?

Communication

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

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

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

Scenarios

  • 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: I 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