Mitigating COVID 19 is a fluid and dynamic process that includes constant evaluation and decision making. For school systems to remain open for in person activities a system of protective measures to limit person to person spread of this infectious disease must be in place including:
Symptom Identification and Management: (Reference 1)
Definitions: (Reference 1)
Case Investigation: Public Health infectious disease investigation associated with an individual with a positive laboratory test for COVID 19
Close contact: A person who:
Contact Tracing: Public Health infectious disease investigation associated with a close contact with an individual with a positive laboratory test for COVID 19
Confirmed outbreak: Two or more confirmed COVID-19 cases among students/staff from separate households, with onset within 14 days in a single classroom or core group.
Core Grouping: The practice of keeping the same individuals in the same group at all times during the school day. Changes in core groups are timed to align with school breaks. Core grouping helps limit the number of contacts each individual has. As a result, quarantines, dismissals, or suspension of in-person learning in the event of a student or staff member with COVID-19 affect fewer people. Students may be in multiple core groups (for example, bus ride to school, after-school sports, classroom).
COVID-like symptoms: Temperature of 100.4 or higher, fever or chills, new cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting and/or diarrhea.
Isolation: Staying home from work, school, and/or activities when a person has a confirmed case of COVID-19. Isolation lasts for at least 10 days after the onset of symptoms, 24 hours fever-free without fever reducing medication, and an improvement of symptoms. For people who have not had symptoms, isolation lasts 10 days from the day they had their first positive test. In some instances, as determined by an individual’s medical provider, isolation may last in excess of days.
Joint Information Center (JIC): a collaboration established with response partners to unify public information for response actions.
School outbreak-associated case: A confirmed case among students/staff should be classified as outbreak-associated. Family members or others outside the school who get sick should not be classified as a school outbreak-associated case.
Quarantine: Staying home from work, school, and/or activities when a person is a close contact of someone with COVID-19. Quarantine lasts for 14 days (unless the person develops symptoms, then they will be put in isolation).
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