As we continue to update our community regarding the active positive COVID-19 cases, we are encouraging each to stay updated on information by visiting our social media pages, website, and other communication outlets. All updates and other information are posted for your reference.
The quarantine rules are established by the Arkansas Department of Health. The local school district is required to follow these rules.
Close Contact Determination and Responses
The CDC defines a close contact as an individual confirmed to have been within three (3) feet for 15 cumulative minutes or longer within a 24-hour period during the infectious period of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.
1. Individuals who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 and recovered and who are subsequently exposed to someone with COVID-19 within three months of their original diagnosis do not have to stay at home or get tested again, as long as they do not develop new symptoms. Individuals who develop symptoms again within three months of their first instance of COVID-19 should see their physician as they may need to be tested again if there is no other cause identified for their symptoms.
2. Individuals exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19 will not need to be quarantined if they have no symptoms and both the infected and exposed individual consistently and correctly were wearing masks.
3. Individuals who are fully vaccinated may not have to quarantine. To help determine whether a fully vaccinated individual should quarantine, refer to the following:
The individual is fully vaccinated (At least two weeks have passed since final dose was administered.)
NOT Fully Vaccinated: Must quarantine per local guidelines.
YES Fully Vaccinated: No symptoms, no need to quarantine unless symptoms develop, recommend testing after 3-5 days.
Quarantine of Those Exposed to Someone with COVID-19
As of December 2, 2020, the CDC amended its guidance to allow two shorter options for the quarantine period. Based on current CDC guidance, the quarantine period can end for individuals experiencing no symptoms according to the following guidelines:
1. After 10 full 24-hour periods since close contact exposure without testing, or
2. After seven full 24-hour periods since close contact exposure and after receiving a negative test result (sample taken no earlier than five 24-hour periods after exposure).
If individuals return to school from these shorter quarantine windows, they should regularly monitor themselves for symptoms to ensure they remain symptom-free and take appropriate precautions (e.g., consistent mask usage) for the duration of the 14-day incubation period.
Isolation of Those Who Test Positive for COVID-19
The person who tests positive for COVID-19 is still required to isolate at home for 10 days from the onset of symptoms or, if asymptomatic, 10 days from the positive test date. A person who is immunosuppressed or was hospitalized may need a longer isolation period of 20 days.
If you have any questions, please contact Nurse Tonya Green, the District Point of Contact, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learning During Quarantine
Parents: If your child is quarantined for any period of time, learning activities will continue from home. The expectation is that learning does not stop, and your child will use Google Classroom to access lessons and assignments. Teachers will post these items in their specific online Google Classroom. Please contact your child’s teacher(s) if there are any issues with access or questions about lessons.