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COVID-19 DIAGNOSIS/EXPOSURE/RESPONSE PROTOCOLS (as per TEA guidance & requirements)

INDIVIDUALS CONFIRMED OR SUSPECTED WITH COVID-19

Any individuals who themselves either: (a) are test-confirmed to have COVID-19; or (b) experience the symptoms of COVID-19 (listed below) must stay at home throughout the infection period, and cannot return to campus until the school system screens the individual to determine any of the below conditions for campus re-entry have been met:  

·       In the case of an individual who is symptomatic and is diagnosed with COVID-19, the individual may return to school when all three of the following criteria are met:

                        i.         at least one day (24 hours) has passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications);

                       ii.         the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and

                     iii.         at least ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

·       In the case of an individual that is asymptomatic but has received a positive COVID-19 test result, the individual may not return to the campus until ten days have passed since a positive test.

·       In the case of an individual who has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and who is not evaluated by a medical professional or tested for COVID-19, such individual is assumed to have COVID-19, and the individual may not return to the campus until the individual has completed the same three-step set of criteria listed above.

·       If the individual has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and wants to return to school before completing the above stay at home period, the individual must either (a) obtain a medical professional’s note clearing the individual for return based on an alternative diagnosis, though for health privacy reasons the note does not need to indicate what the alternative diagnosis is, or (b) obtain an acute infection test (at a physician’s office, approved testing location, or other site) that comes back negative for COVID-19.

·       If the individual has tested positive for COVID-19 and believes the test was a false positive, and wants to return to school before completing the above stay at home period, the individual must either (a) obtain a medical professional’s note clearing the individual for return based on an alternative diagnosis, though for health privacy reasons the note does not need to indicate what the alternative diagnosis is, or (b) obtain two PCR acute infection tests (at a physician’s office, approved testing location, or other site) at least 24 hours apart that come back negative for COVID-19.

COVID-19 SYMPTOMS

·       Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit 

·       Loss of taste or smell

·       Cough or Difficulty breathing

·       Shortness of breath 10

·       Fatigue

·       Headache

·       Chills

·       Sore throat

·       Congestion or runny nose

·       Shaking or exaggerated shivering

·       Significant muscle pain or ache

·       Diarrhea o Nausea or vomiting

CLOSE CONTACTS:

Students/Faculty/Staff will be quarantined who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19. The definition of close contact is continuously evolving with our understanding of COVID-19 and should be determined by an appropriate public health agency (CDC and/or DSHS).

In general, “close contact” is defined as:

a. being directly exposed to infectious secretions (e.g., being coughed on); or

b. being within 6 feet for a total of approximately 15 minutes throughout the course of a day; however, additional factors like case/contact masking (i.e., both the infectious individual and the potential close contact have been consistently and properly masked), ventilation, presence of dividers, and case symptomology may affect this determination. Either (a) or (b) defines close contact if it occurred during the infectious period of the case, defined as two days prior to symptom onset to 10 days after symptom onset. In the case of asymptomatic individuals who are test-confirmed with COVID-19, the infectious period is defined as two days prior to the confirming test and continuing for 10 days following the confirming test.

QUARANTINE OPTIONS:

14 Day quarantine is the preferred option

10 Day quarantine – no testing is required

7 Day quarantine – Testing is Required. Testing can be performed as early as day 5, however, individual must complete full 7-day quarantine regardless of test results

 

RELEASE FROM QUARANTINE:

Quarantine is calculated from date of last contact with case (up to 48 hours before symptom onset or test collection date).

When determining return date, the last date of exposure is considered day “0.”

14 Day Option - Return Day 15

10 Day Option - Return Day 11

7 Day Option - Return Day 8

 

Household Contacts

 

Quarantine time is calculated in addition to the date the positive household member is released from

isolation. For example, if a positive household member is released from isolation after 10 days, the quarantine timeframe for all exposed household contacts would include those 10 days plus the chosen quarantine period:

• 14 Day Option = 24 Days - Return Day 25

• 10 Day Option = 20 Days - Return Day 21

• 7 Day Option = 17 Days - Return Day 18

 

Discontinuation of Quarantine

 

For all quarantine options, discontinuation of quarantine can only occur if the following criteria are

met:

• There is no clinical evidence of COVID-19 during daily symptom monitoring throughout the entire

quarantine period, and;

• Daily symptom monitoring continues through quarantine Day 14; and,

• Individuals are counseled to adhere strictly through quarantine Day 14 to all recommended public health interventions (mask wearing, social distancing etc.), and to immediately self-isolate and contact the local public health authority or their healthcare provider should they develop any symptoms.

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School Hours:
Elementary Campuses (Krueger and Karrer) 
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Secondary Campuses (Middle & High Schools)
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Conforme al Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, al Título IX de las Enmiendas de Educación de 1972, a la Sección 504 de la Ley de Rehabilitación de 1973 y al Título II de la Ley sobre Estadounidenses con Discapacidades de 1992, el Marion Independent School District no discrimina por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, edad, sexo o discapacidad.

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