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COVID-19 EXCLUSION PROCEDURE FOR USD 470* 

*Procedure is determined by and subject to change according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) updates/guidelines 

This procedure addresses the exclusion criteria for USD 470 staff and students due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

When would a staff member/student be excluded from school? 

- If they are symptomatic (and have not received an alternate diagnosis or clearance from their primary care provider) 

- If they have tested positive 

- If they are waiting for their test results, a family member’s, or a close contact’s test results 

- If they were within 6ft of someone for 15 minutes (consecutively) or more who has tested positive for COVID-19 (Close contact). A person can spread COVID-19 48 hours prior to their first show of symptoms or before they test positive 

- If they live at home with someone who has tested positive (household contact) 

- If they had direct physical contact with someone who has tested positive to COVID-19 (such as, but not limited to: sharing eating or drinking utensils, getting respiratory droplets on you, hugging or kissing the person) 

- If they have traveled to an area that has a mandatory travel quarantine in line with KDHE travel guidelines 

How long would a staff member/student be excluded from school? 

- If they test positive for COVID-19: 10 days from the beginning of symptoms OR 72 hours after fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine and other symptoms have significantly improved WHICHEVER IS LONGER 

- If they are deemed a close contact (out of school exposure): Date of last contact with the person who has tested positive + 10 days. May be able to complete modified quarantine, see note* 

- If they are deemed a close contact (in-school exposure): Date of last contact with the person who has tested positive + 10 days or may be able to complete modified quarantine, see note*, or may be able to participate in “test to stay”

 

- If they are deemed a household contact and can avoid further close contact: Date positive person began home isolation + 10 days (Please note: if a new household member gets sick with COVID-19 and you had close contact you will need to restart your quarantine).

 

- If they are deemed a household contact: Household contacts with no immunity that do not develop symptoms, may be tested on day 10 of their quarantine period via a PCR test. If the household contact with no immunity tests negative at that time and remains asymptomatic, they may be released from quarantine on Day 11. HOWEVER, if the person develops illness symptoms OR receives a positive test result during their quarantine period, their MINIMUM 10-day isolation period will begin. If the person chooses not to be tested and remains asymptomatic, they are required to quarantine a MINIMUM of 14 days from initial exposure.

 

- If they are symptomatic: Until clearance documentation or alternate diagnosis documentation is provided by their Primary Care Provider (PCP) or a negative test result is provided and they are fever-free for 24 hours without medication and other symptoms are improving 

 

- If they are awaiting test results for themselves, close contacts or household 

         contacts: Until test results can be provided to school and are negative 

 

- If they traveled to an area that KDHE deems requires a mandatory quarantine: Date of arrival to Kansas + 10 days 

 

- Vaccinated individuals: Individuals who are vaccinated may not be subject to quarantine. However, due to break-through cases of variants, vaccinated individuals should still monitor for symptoms if they are deemed to be a contact and should isolate if they have COVID-like symptoms until a negative test result is obtained or they have received alternate diagnosis from their primary care provider. The individual is required to wear a mask for 14 days from exposure

 

- If they have had a positive COVID-19 infection in the last six months from their exposure: There is no quarantine required, however, individuals should still monitor their health for symptoms and report as needed. Documentation of positive test results or written diagnosis from Primary Care Provider at the time of clinical encounter. The individual is required to wear a mask for 14 days from exposure. 

NOTE: An individual may be able to participate in modified quarantine if they are deemed a close contact. A PCR or antigen test for COVID must be obtained on or after day 5 of the last date of exposure. If the test result is negative and no symptoms are present the individual may return on day 8. Documentation of results must be provided. Household contacts are not eligible for modified quarantine.

 

References: 

 

KDHE 

https://www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov/DocumentCenter/View/134/Isolation--Quarantine-Guidance -and-FAQs-PDF---10-21-20 

https://www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov/DocumentCenter/View/1377/Guidance-for-Modified-Quaran tine-in-K-12-Schools---7-28-2020 

https://www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov/175/Travel-Exposure-Related-Isolation-Quaran 

 

CDC 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html