Covid-19 FAQS

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1. What is a "close contact" in schools?

Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes over a 24-hour period, starting from 2 days before illness onset (or for asymptomatic infected people, 2 days prior to positive test collection) until the infected person is isolated.

In the indoor classroom setting, the close contact definition excludes students who were 3-6 feet away from an infected fellow student where: 

both students were engaged in consistent and correct use of well-fitting face masks

AND

other layered prevention strategies were in place (such as universal mask wearing regardless of vaccination status, physical distancing, and increased ventilation)

This exception cannot be applied to scenarios where meals, snacks or drinks are consumed in a classroom (since masks are removed).

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3. What is the standard COVID-19 exclusion procedure?

There is no standard COVID-19 procedure. Each case is unique and is handled according to its individual circumstances.

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4. Now that we have the vaccine why are we not fully back to "normal" at BSS?

The majority of our student population is not eligible for the vaccine yet. The Delta variant is more contagious than the cases we saw last year. 

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5. If my child is asked to quarantine, how long can I expect that to be?

Ending quarantine after 10 days (on day 11) after exposure may be acceptable if: 

-The exposed person does not develop symptoms of COVID-19 at any point during quarantine.

AND

-The exposed person self-monitors for symptoms for a full 14 days after the date of last exposure. If symptoms develop at any time in the 14 days after exposure, the exposed person should self-isolate immediately and follow-up with their health care provider for testing.

A 7-day quarantine may be utilized provided that;

-the exposed person is tested for COVID-19 on day 5 or later of the quarantine period 

AND

-received a negative test result

AND

-Does not develop symptoms of COVID-19 at any point during quarantine

-If these conditions are met, the person may return to school on day 8.

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6. With what symptoms should I keep my child home?

Any ONE of these symptoms:

-new or worsening cough

-shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

-new loss of taste or smell

-fever

Or at least TWO of these symptoms:

-chills

-muscle or body aches

-headache

-sore throat

-an unusual amount of tiredness

-nausea or vomiting

-runny nose or congestion

-diarrhea

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7. If one of my children needs to stay home because he or she was exposed to a positive person, can the other siblings come to school?

Yes, if one child is exposed to a positive person siblings can still come to school. However, if one of my children needs to stay home because he or she is positive for Covid, then all of your children need to stay home from school and learn virtually.


Covid-19 Dashboard

 

Onset of Symptoms or Positive Test Last in the building

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*Please note that Blessed Sacrament is required to report a positive case only if the individual was infectious while on campus.  The infectious period starts two days before symptom onset (or date of test, if asymptomatic), and typically ends 10 days after symptom onset (or test date). 

Please keep your student home if he/she or anyone in the household is exhibiting symptoms of Covid 19.

For more information about COVID-19, please visit https://coronavirus.dc.gov/