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COVID-Related Quarantine Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQs)  that help better explain the current procedures for COVID-related quarantines. These FAQs were updated on November 10, 2021.


Q: What are the guidelines if a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19?
A: All reported COVID-19 positive cases will need to stay home and isolate for a minimum of ten days. All cases will be investigated by our Health Services Department in collaboration with the Orange County Health Care Agency. Only close contacts (within 6 ft of a COVID-19 + person for >15 min in a 24 hr period) will be contacted. The district is continuing to utilize the OCHCA Student Symptom Decision Tree. 

Q: Who should be contacted if a student tests positive for COVID-19? 
A: Parents should contact their school and leave detailed symptom information and date of onset. Your student should not come to school. You will be contacted by a nurse from our Health Services team.

Q: What are the new quarantine guidelines?
A: If a student or staff member is identified as a close contact, the current guidelines will allow for several options. The options depend on mask use during exposure, vaccination status, and if the close contact is experiencing symptoms.

Q: What are the quarantine guidelines for vaccinated students or staff close contacts?
A: Both students and staff that are vaccinated AND have no symptoms do not need to stay home, but they will need to monitor their symptoms for a full 14 days from exposure. It is required that these individuals test on days 3 to 5 after exposure. Vaccinated students may participate in all extracurricular activities.

Q: What are the quarantine guidelines for unvaccinated student close contacts? (There are two answers to this question)
A1: If a face covering (well-fitting and used correctly) was on BOTH infected and exposed person: The student may have a modified quarantine and attend school, but must test negative for COVID-19 two times per week for the first ten days, at least three days apart or stay home without testing for ten days. They will need to monitor for symptoms and always wear a mask indoors. They must also wear a mask outdoors when around others through day 14 from last exposure. If a lab-confirmed test is not taken, home from school for 10 days.
A2: If no face covering was on EITHER infected or exposed person: The student must stay home for seven days and may return to school on day eight with a negative COVID-19 test obtained on or after day five after last exposure or if no test, stay home from school for 10 days. They will need to monitor for symptoms and always wear a mask indoors. They must also wear a mask outdoors when around others through day 14 from last exposure. If no lab-confirmed test is taken, home from school for 10 days.

Q: What are the testing options for students who have been identified as a close contact at school and are following quarantine guidelines?
A: Families may choose to receive a COVID-19 test for their student through their own health provider or the district’s testing program. The district’s testing program is provided through a Federally-funded program. Each participating student deemed a close contact will be provided with at-home, saliva sample collection (testing) kits at no cost to be administered by the parent/guardian during quarantine. These test kits are only provided to students and staff members who are identified as a close contact while at school.

Q: What are the quarantine guidelines for unvaccinated, student close contacts that participate in extracurricular activities at school? 
A: Although the close contact student may be able to attend classes during the regular school day (as described above), the close contact student must continue to quarantine (i.e., refrains from participation) for all extracurricular activities at school, including sports, within the community setting for 7 consecutive days following exposure. 
Students may return to extracurricular activities at school on day 8 if a lab-confirmed test is negative on or after day 5. If not testing, students may not return to extracurricular activities for 10 days. 
The exposed student may participate in all required instructional components of the school day, except activities where a mask cannot be worn, such as while playing certain musical instruments. Exposed students may also eat meals on campus.

Q: Can shortened and modified quarantine testing be combined? E.g. If a student is in modified quarantine and the rule says to test two times per week in a ten-day period, are there times where students only need to test one time on or after day 5?
A: Yes, you are able to apply shortened quarantine to modified quarantine. If a student is on modified quarantine and tests negative on or after day 5, and the student remains asymptomatic they no longer have to continue to test. That is combining the two. Shortened quarantine still remains through day 7.

Q: What are the quarantine guidelines for unvaccinated, asymptomatic staff close contacts?
A: The staff member must stay home for seven days and may return to work on day eight with a negative lab-confirmed COVID-19 test obtained on or after day five after last exposure or if no test, stay home from work for 10 days. They will need to monitor for symptoms and always wear a mask indoors. They must also wear a mask outdoors when around others through day 14 from last exposure. 

Q: What kind of COVID-19 tests are accepted? What COVID-19 tests are not accepted?
A: Laboratory confirmed antigen diagnostic tests or PCR/molecular diagnostic tests are accepted. At-home tests that are sent to a lab are accepted, whereas those that aren’t sent to a lab are not. Also accepted are "point of care" tests done in a health care setting that are not sent to a lab.

Q: Who should be contacted if a staff member tests positive for COVID-19? 
A: Staff should follow regular absence communication with school administration and through SmartFind. Contact Human Resources immediately for any COVID-19 illness or symptoms so appropriate follow-up can be done.

Q: Will notifications be sent out to students/staff/families who are deemed no contact, low risk, and close contact to a COVID-19 positive individual?
A: The district will no longer be sending out “no contact” and “low risk” contact notifications to students/staff/families. However, the district will continue to send out “close contact” notifications to students/staff/families when they have been exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual. It is important for PYLUSD parents and guardians to keep their current, primary email addresses and phone numbers up-to-date in the Aeries Student Information System. 

Q: What curriculum will be used when a student is out on a COVID-related quarantine?
A: When a student is out on a COVID-19 related quarantine, sites will follow their revised, short-term independent study protocols. There will be no reassignment to Buena Vista Virtual Academy or Parkview School for COVID-related quarantines.
  • For Elementary Students: Teachers will provide work to students as soon as possible through Google classroom, Seesaw, or other remote platforms.
  • For Secondary Students: Teachers will provide work to students as soon as possible through Google classroom or other remote platforms.
 
Q: Will the district continue to update the COVID-19 Dashboard?
A: Yes. The dashboard can be found online at www.pylusd.org/dashboard.