What is considered close contact?
Per Montgomery County Public Health guidelines, close contact is defined as being within 6 feet for 15 consecutive minutes or more of someone with COVID-19. (This information is also noted in our Return to School Guide).
If students are wearing a mask and are within close contact (6 feet for 15 consecutive minutes or more) of someone with COVID-19, do they have to be quarantined?
The initial guidance on this said that a student would not have to quarantine if a student was within close contact of someone with COVID-19 and was wearing a mask. HOWEVER, that guidance changed a few weeks before school, and it now requires anyone within close contact of someone with COVID-19 to quarantine, regardless if they were wearing a mask or not.
If my child was in close contact with someone who tested positive with COVID-19 and has to quarantine for 14 days if they get tested for COVID-19 and test negative, can they come back to school before the 14 days is up?
No, per the Health Department guidelines, the student has to quarantine for 14 days because of the incubation period is 14 days for COVID-19.
If I (the parent) have symptoms and get tested and I am waiting for results, can my child still come to school if they are not experiencing symptoms?
No, if you are awaiting test results, your child should stay home from school until you receive a negative result. If the test comes back positive, the child should be quarantined for 14 days. Please contact your school nurse if this happens.
If my child has symptoms and is tested for COVID-19, and we are waiting for results, can my child still come to school if they are not experiencing symptoms?
No, if your child is awaiting test results, your child should stay home from school until you receive a negative test result. If the test comes back positive, the child should be quarantined for 10 days. Please contact your school nurse if this happens.
When students are quarantined are they doing online classes, or are they exempt from completing work?
If the students are quarantined and are well enough to do school work, accommodations will be made for the student to continue doing school work. Please reach out to your building principal about these circumstances.
What should be expected moving forward with the school year if/when more cases are discovered?
If/When more cases are identified, the school nurse, building administration, and staff will work together in contact tracing students who were within close contact of the person who tested positive for COVID-19. Parents of those students will be contacted, and the guidelines for quarantine from Public Health will be followed. The District will post weekly updates on the number of cases throughout the District at the end of each week.