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COVID-19 UPDATES & REPORTING

UPDATE: Washington County Schools has been advised by the Kentucky Department of Education and the Kentucky Department for Public Health to follow the COVID-19 guidance below:

  Schools with Universal masking Schools without Universal Masking
Positive individuals Isolate individuals who test positive at least 5 days Isolate individuals who test positive at least 5 days
Contact Tracing At School No contact tracing is needed for at school exposures Conduct contact tracing following at-school exposures to identify close contacts
Quarantine No quarantine is needed for at-school exposures Quarantine individuals not up-to-date with Covid-19 vaccinations exposed to COVID-19 at school at least 5 days, unless in a test-to-stay modified quarantine
Outside School Exposure Quarantine individuals not up-to-date with Covid-19 vaccinations exposed to COVID-19 at home at least 5 days, unless in a test-to-stay modified quarantine Quarantine individuals not up-to-date with Covid-19 vaccinations exposed to COVID-19 at home at least 5 days, unless in a test-to-stay modified quarantine

 

I am a student or school staff member who has tested positive or been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, what do I need to do first?

  • If you are a Washington County School District staff member, you will need to first contact your supervisor to report.  Then, contact Washington County’s Healthy at Schools Coordinator, Lee Anne Ater, at 859-336-5470 to report and discuss options.
  • If you are a student or parent of a student, contact your school’s nurse to report and discuss options.
    • Commander Academy - 859-336-2116
    • North Washington County Elementary School - 859-375-4038
    • Washington County Elementary School - 859-336-5490
    • Washington County Middle School - 859-336-5483
    • Washington County High School - 859-336-5475

I am a student or school staff member who has tested positive.  What does this mean for school?

  • You tested positive AND are EXPERIENCING symptoms -  you will need to isolate for 5 days following the day symptoms started.  You may return to school after the 5 days of isolation if your symptoms are FULLY resolved. You must also wear a mask for at least 5 additional days.

OR 

  • If symptoms linger, you may return to school after 10 days. 

OR

  • You tested positive AND have NO symptoms – you will need to isolate for 5 days following the positive test date and may return to school as long as you haven’t developed any symptoms during the isolation period.  You must also wear a mask for at least 5 additional days.

I am a student or school staff member who has been exposed to someone positive.  What does this mean for school?

  • If the exposure happened while at school or during a school-related activity AND universal use of masks was required indoors,
    • School-identified close contact will not need to quarantine as long as he/she does not have symptoms.  It is recommended that the close contact test for COVID-19 on days 5, 6, or 7.  Parents will be notified. 
  • If the exposure happened while at school or during a school-related activity AND universal use of masks was not required indoors OR exposure happens outside of school (e.g., household member),
    • Close contact will not need to quarantine
      • If he/she is not showing any symptoms AND is up-to-date on vaccine series and/or received a booster dose if eligible (due to age or time-lapsed).  Documented proof will be required.

OR

  • If he/she is not showing any symptoms AND has a documented COVID-19 positive within the prior 3 months before exposure.  Documented proof will be required.  

 

  • Close contact will need to quarantine
    • If not up-to-date on vaccine series and did not receive a booster dose if eligible (due to age or time-lapse).

OR

  • Has not had a documented COVID-19 positive test within the prior 3 months before exposure.

I am a student or school staff member who needs to quarantine from school, now what?

  • Quarantine may be discontinued after day 5 if symptom-free AND tests negative on day 5 or later.  Must provide the school with proof of an official negative test and wear a mask for at least 5 additional days.

OR

  • If the person does not want to test, the quarantine may be discontinued after day 10 if he/she has no symptoms.

OR

  • If the person is experiencing symptoms (including lingering symptoms), the quarantine may be discontinued after day 10 if he/she no longer is experiencing symptoms.

OR

  • The person can participate in the “Test to Stay” program if SARS-CoV-2 testing is available.  Parental or staff permission is required.  Please contact your school’s nurse or Healthy Kids Coordinator for more information.

 

Test To Stay

Day 0 - {LAST DAY OF EXPOSURE TO POSITIVE CASE}

No testing --- Allowed to stay at school ---- 

Day 1- test- Go to school only if negative
Day 2- test-Go to school only if negative
Day 3- test-Go to school only if negative
Day 4- test-Go to school only if negative

Day 5- test - Go to school only if negative **(Special Note—If Day 5 falls on a weekend or day that school is not in session, then the individual will be tested the next day that school is in session

  •  If the individual is continually exposed to COVID-19 (i.e., a household member that they are unable to isolate away from), then the last day of exposure is the last day the positive person is considered infectious (day 5-10, determined by the individual’s last day of symptoms)
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Clarifying Information Regarding School-Sponsored Sports and Extracurricular Activities Guidance

School-sponsored sports and extracurricular activities provide Washington County students with important enrichment opportunities to support learning and support their social, emotional health.  As you are aware, participating in some sports can increase the risk of getting and spreading COVID-19.  Based on guidance by the CDC, KHSAA, KDPH, and the local health department,  Washington County Schools will continue with mitigation strategies to provide an opportunity for students to safely participate in school-sponsored sports and extracurricular school activities.

**** The below information will be updated as changes are made by the CDC, KHSAA, KDPH, and the Local Health Department.

General strategies:

  • Parents/guardians are required to report to the school within 24 hours of their child testing positive for COVID-19.
  • Coaches, sponsors, athletes, and students who participate in extracurricular activities must wear a cloth face-covering indoors unless ACTIVELY participating in training.
  • Masks are required of drivers and all passengers during school transportation as enforced by the Executive Order on Promoting COVID-⁠19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel and the CDC's Public Health Order.
  • Coaches, sponsors, athletes, and students who participate in extracurricular activities should not participate in these activities when they have symptoms of COVID-19 and should be tested.
  • Screening practices are implemented before any school-sponsored and extracurricular activities.  For example, temperature checks, questions regarding symptoms, etc.
  • Review and be familiar with KHSAA Healthy at Sports Stage 4 – Perseverance, Guidance For Continued Practice and Competition During the Pandemic – ALL SPORTS.

Positive For COVID-19/Return to Play Protocol:

  • Students who participate in school-sponsored sports and extracurricular activities who test positive for COVID-19 will continue to follow the guidance provided by KHSAA Return to Play Protocol (See below - Revised 1/22) *Any medical provider may sign the Return to Play form.
  • Parent/Guardian must report to the Principal, Athletic Director//Activity Sponsor, School Nurse, and Coach when his/her child tests positive.
  • Parent/Guardian is responsible for obtaining the Return to Play Protocol documentation from the school and for returning the correct and complete documentation back to school as required.
  • For a child who is positive for COVID-19 to return to participating in a school-sponsored sport and/or extracurricular activity, he/she must return to the Athletic Director and Coach a completed page 3 of the Return to Play Protocol.