COVID Incident Report

Close Contact

Response Matrix – Confirmed Case

  • Situation

    Evaluated Probability of Transmission In School(s)

    Assumption Remarks



    1 Case


    Low or no risk

    Confirmed case had little to no contact time in school

    • No building closure

    • Notify school parents




    Confirmed case had some contact time in school while infected

    • 24-hour or no closure

    • Disinfect school

    • Notify school parents


    >1 Case in a School in a 1-3 Day Time Frame



    Increased possibility that transmission occurred within a school building

    • 24-72 hour building closure

    • Disinfect school

    • Notify school parents


    >1 Case in Multiple Schools in a 1-3 Day Time Frame


    Low or no risk

    No specific region or discernible pattern to link confirmed cases

    • Address each case separately (as defined in the 1 Case model)



    • Cases occur within a geographic region indicating a “hot spot(s)” or a common origination

    • Scale of cases may necessitate an immediate response to transition to high risk

    • 24-96 hour closure of affected schools or schools in the region (with possible extension)

    • Potential districtwide risk: Transition to High Risk delivery

    • Disinfect schools

    • Notify school parents

    • Notify Office of Emergency Management; public notification


    *All confirmed cases will result in contact tracing and an investigation

Outbreak Information

  • 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?

  • 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?

  • 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