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ICS COVID GUIDANCE 2022-23

ICS COVID GUIDANCE 2022-23

Symptoms: Students, teachers, and staff who have symptoms of COVID-19, should stay home, get tested and be referred to their healthcare provider for care as needed. Staying home when sick is essential to keep infections out of schools and prevent spread to others.

·       Symptoms that warrant your child remaining home from school include, fever, vomiting, persistent diarrhea

Symptoms: (but not tested) Person has symptoms of COVID-19 but has not been tested for COVID-19 nor has visited a health care provider. Therefore,

 Students can return to school when

·       It has been at least 5 days after the first day of symptoms; AND

·       It has been at least 24 hours since the person had a fever (without using fever reducing medicine); AND

·       Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving.

Symptoms of COVID-19 but has received a negative COVID test:

·       or has visited a health care provider and received an alternate diagnosis that would explain the symptoms of COVID-19

In a person with symptoms, a negative test is defined as either

(1) a negative PCR molecular test or

(2) a negative antigen test if the person has a low likelihood of SARSCoV-2 infection.

Students can return to school when:

·       It has been at least 24 hours since the person had a fever (without

using fever reducing medicine); AND

·       They have felt well for at least 24 hours.

Note: The health care provider is not required to detail the specifics of the alternate diagnosis.

Positive tests:

Students can return to school when

·       The person can return to school 5 days after the specimen collection date of the first positive test AND

·        It has been at least 24 hours since the person had a fever (without using fever reducing medicine); AND

·       Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving.

·       the person must continue to mask for an additional 5 days to minimize risk of infecting

others, unless an exemption to mask use applies.

·       The person is not required to have documentation of a negative test in order to return to school.

Known exposures:

Although exclusion from school is no longer recommended following an exposure, when a COVID-19

case is identified in the school setting (or at home)

 • Schools should notify potentially exposed students or staff so they can receive appropriate

public health guidance, testing, and access to any resources that might be needed.

 Students who have been notified of an exposure should:

·        Wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days after the last known exposure, unless an exemption

         to face covering applies.

·       Be tested immediately if symptomatic,

·       and test on day 5 after exposure,

* Unless the person tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days. In this case, monitor for symptoms and reference symptom onset guidance noted above.

*For individuals exposed, day of exposure is considered day zero (0).

Immaculata will abide by COVID-19 protocols as determined by the State of North Carolina and the Diocese of Raleigh throughout the year. Guidance may change at any time, and we will keep the school community informed of changes as they occur.

 


All About Masks

Below are some helpful videos about how to properly fit your child(ren) with a mask and some brand suggestions. Currently, masks are optional at school.
 

How to Properly Wear a Mask

Fit, Filtration, Comfort