Questions about Testing & Contact Tracing

  • Note: Schools are not expected nor allowed to diagnose or treat any medical conditions, including COVID-19. Local health officials will provide guidance and support to individuals who test positive for COVID-19. Local health officials will conduct contact tracing to help identify individuals who may have been in close contact with a confirmed case, per CDC Guidance.

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    Vocabulary 

    Case: A case refers to a person who tests positive.

    Close Contact: A close contact refers to a person who was in direct and close contact (less than 6 feet for more than 15 minutes).

    Indirect Contact: Indirect contacts are people who may have been in proximity to a close contact.

     

    Q: Will MPCSD require COVID-19 testing?

    A: MPCSD is currently researching the most feasible way to offer testing to staff, students, and families. More information is forthcoming.

     

    Q: What should someone do if they have a positive COVID test?

    A: If anyone in the MPCSD community (staff, student, or family member) tests positive for COVID, they should isolate at home and notify their school administrator of the test results. All privacy laws will be followed to maintain the confidentiality of the person receiving the test. See quarantine and isolation guidelines on the CDC website.

     

    If you continue to have no symptoms, you can be with others (return to work) after 10 days have passed since the test. Depending on your healthcare provider’s advice and availability of testing, you might get tested to see if you still have COVID-19. If you will be tested, you can be around others after you receive two negative test results in a row, at least 24 hours apart.

     

    If you had a positive test and are showing symptoms since your test, you can be with others (return to work) after 24 hours with no fever, and respiratory symptoms have improved (e.g. cough, shortness of breath), and 10 days since symptoms first appeared. Depending on your healthcare provider’s advice and availability of testing, you might get tested to see if you still have COVID-19. If you will be tested, you can be around others when you have no fever, respiratory symptoms have improved, and you receive two negative test results in a row, at least 24 hours apart.

     

    Q: What are the communication protocols if/when someone in the MPCSD community has a confirmed COVID test or is suspected to have COVID?

    Communication protocol image A: If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, notify the school or district immediately. SMCOE will also notify district when a case within the district community is confirmed. The district will work with you to ensure that you have medical care and a plan to isolate according to CDC protocol.

     

    A Confirmed COVID-19 case in the MPCSD community triggers the following response:

     

    When County Health Initiates

    • County Health will notify SMCOE’s Office of the Superintendent.
    • SMCOE will notify the MPCSD superintendent. 

     

    When School District Initiates

    • MPCSD superintendent will notify SMCOE’s Office of the Superintendent.
    • County Superintendent will work in collaboration with County Health and the local district or school. 

     

    When Parent, Staff or Community Member Initiates

    • If an individual notifies a school staff member, including the school nurse, that they have or may have COVID-19, that staff member will immediately notify the school principal. 
    • The school principal will implement the Communication Flowchart by notifying the district superintendent who will then contact SMCOE’s Office of the Superintendent who will work in collaboration with County Health and the local district.
    • If the District Office is notified directly, it will notify the affected school principals, and initiate the communication flowchart for notifying SMCOE.

     

    Q: What are the protocols for contact tracing within MPCSD?

    A: At any time, if students, teachers, and staff present with symptoms of fever and/or respiratory infection, they will be sent home immediately. They will be separated from others in an isolation space established on campus until they go home. If symptoms are severe, 9-1-1 will be called.

     

    When a school has a confirmed Case

    MPCSD school/district administrators will take the following steps if one student, teacher, or other staff member is confirmed positive for COVID-19:

    • Notify the local public health department
    • Isolate case and exclude from school for 10 days from symptom onset or test date
    • Identify contacts, quarantine, and exclude exposed contacts (likely entire cohort) for 14 days after the last date the case was present at school while infectious
    • Recommend testing of contacts, prioritize symptomatic contacts (but will not shorten 14-day quarantine)
    • Disinfect and clean classroom and primary spaces where case spent significant time
    • School remains open

    When a school has a Close Contact to a confirmed Case

    MPCSD school/district administrators will take the following steps if one student, teacher or staff member is confirmed to have been in direct and close Contact with someone who is confirmed positive for COVID-19: 

    • Send the close contact home for quarantine for 14 days from last exposure
    • Recommend testing (but will not shorten 14-day quarantine)
    • School/classroom remain open

     

    When a school has individuals who suspect they may be an Indirect Contact

    MPCSD school/district administrators will take the following steps: 

    • The school principal or district administrator will gather enough information from the individual to confirm their status as a Contact to a Contact 
    • Advise the individual identified as a Contact to Contact to continue practicing hygiene protocols and to closely monitor their health, staying alert to onset of fever or flu-like symptoms 
    • If the person is not feeling well or is experiencing cold, flu, or other symptoms, they should stay home from school or work and contact their primary care provider