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COVID-19
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Families

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What do I do if my child has COVID-19 symptoms?
Anyone who is ill should quarantine/isolate at home and notify the school or school contact tracer.  Students who have symptoms but do not test for COVID-19 may be treated as a suspected case and required to isolate for 10 days. (For the CDC's list of COVID-19 symptoms, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html)


What if my child has a positive COVID-19 test result?

Students who receive a positive COVID-19 test result should isolate at home and notify the school or school contact tracer.  Students with a positive test result without symptoms, or asymptomatic, must isolate for 10 days from the date the test is taken.  Those who have symptoms with a positive test result must isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms.  A child with symptoms and a positive test result can return to school when a family member can ensure they can answer YES to all three questions:
1.  Has it been at least 10 days since the child first had symptoms?
2.  Has it been at least 24 hours since the child has had a fever (without fever reducing medicine)?
3.  Has it been at least 24 hours since the child’s symptoms have improved, including cough and shortness of breath?


What are COVID-19 symptoms?  
(For the CDC's list of COVID-19 symptoms, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html)
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
•    Fever or chills
•    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
•    Diarrhea
This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.


What do I do if my child has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 during the school week?
1.    Immediately quarantine your child at home away from others and keep him/her home from school until you have notified the school and have been given instructions on when to return.  
2.    Notify your school and/or school’s Contact Tracer about the exposure. The school Contact Tracer will inform you of the quarantine options for your child and potential return to school dates.  Please keep in mind that exposure is defined as within 6 feet of someone with COVID-19 for cumulative 15 minutes or more.  For more information about quarantine and contact tracing, please visit www.rockdaleschools.org/contacttracing


What do I do if my child has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 over the weekend or on a break/holiday?
1.    Immediately quarantine your child at home away from others and keep him/her home from school until you have notified the school and have been given instructions on when to return.  
2.    Notify your school and/or school’s Contact Tracer on Monday morning about the exposure. The school Contact Tracer will inform you of the quarantine options for your child and potential return to school dates.  Please keep in mind that exposure is defined as within 6 feet of someone with COVID-19 for cumulative 15 minutes or more.  For more information about quarantine and contact tracing, please visit www.rockdaleschools.org/contacttracing


If my child has been exposed to someone with COVID-19, do I need to have my child tested?
If your child is asymptomatic (no symptoms) and has been exposed (within 6 feet for cumulative 15 minutes or more) to someone diagnosed with COVID-19, they may test on Day 5 or later of their quarantine after an exposure to reduce quarantine time to 7 days instead of 10 days. Testing prior to 5 days after the exposure will not be accepted by school to reduce the quarantine time.

If your child has symptoms and has been exposed, you may choose to have them tested earlier than 5 days to confirm the symptoms are due to COVID-19.


Where can I get my child tested for COVID-19?
There are many places to get tested which include pharmacies, health departments, urgent care centers, and RCPS testing sites through our Kids’-Doc-On-Wheels telehealth partnership.  The RCPS website is updated often with COVID testing information. Visit www.rockdaleschools.org/covidtesting   


Can I use a home test to see if my child has COVID-19?
Home tests are not accepted as reliable by the CDC and Department of Public Health at this time. Therefore, a home test result will not be accepted for school purposes.  


If my child is vaccinated, does he/she have to quarantine after an exposure?
The CDC guidelines state those who are fully vaccinated do not have to quarantine due to an exposure.  Fully vaccinated means you have received the full dose requirement which is two doses for the Pfizer vaccine, two doses for the Moderna vaccine or one dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Those who are fully vaccinated can still get the virus. Those who are fully vaccinated and have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 should monitor for symptoms and quarantine/isolate if you have symptoms, become ill, or test positive for COVID-19.  


Where do I get more information about COVID-19 vaccine sites?
 
Vaccines are now available for everyone ages 12 and up. There are many places to get a COVID-19 vaccine, including pharmacies, Wal-Mart, health departments, some physician offices including pediatricians, and vaccine events that are held throughout the community.  RCPS partners with Kids’-Doc-On-Wheels and the GNR Health Department to provide vaccine events at convenient school system locations.  The RCPS website is updated often with vaccine information. Visit www.rockdaleschools.org/vax


If my child has had COVID-19 in the past, does he/she have to quarantine after an exposure?
The CDC guidelines state those who have had a positive COVID-19 test in the past 90 days are not required to quarantine. You should still monitor for symptoms and quarantine/isolate if you have symptoms or become ill or test positive again.


If my child has COVID-19, does he/she need a negative test to return to school?
The CDC does not recommend a test-based strategy to return to school or work since many people may test positive for months after their initial illness.  The recommendation is to isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms or for those who are asymptomatic but had a positive test,10 days from the date the test was taken.  More information on this topic can be found in the contact tracing information at www.rockdaleschools.org/contactracing or www.cdc.gov  


How will my child keep up with assignments and schoolwork during quarantine?
Please communicate directly with your school and teachers for assignments during quarantine. Students and teachers will continue to use the ItsLearning platform for applicable grade levels. RCPS plans to acquire additional resources to help students who are quarantined for an extended time and will communicate with families as soon as they are available.


If my child has to quarantine, will it affect his/her eligibility for perfect attendance?
A student who is placed on quarantine by the Contact Tracer due to an exposure will still be eligible for perfect attendance. Parents who have quarantined their child due to an exposure outside of school must notify the School Contact Tracer immediately so they can determine the student’s potential return dates.  


How can I learn more about the mitigation measures in my school to reduce the spread of illness?
RCPS takes a multi-layered approach to reducing the spread of COVID-19.  Some of them include mandatory mask wearing for all students and staff while indoors, frequent handwashing and hand sanitizer is readily available, social distancing when feasible, enhanced cleaning protocols, and COVID-19 testing and vaccine opportunities.  For more in-depth mitigation measures, please review our Return to Campus Guidebook at www.rockdaleschools.org/guidebook


What is Contact Tracing and how can I learn more about Contact Tracing in my school?
Contact tracing is required by the Department of Public Health. Contact tracing seeks to identify close contacts of those who have COVID-19 (in other words, those who have been exposed), so they can quarantine for a period time in case they have contracted the virus from that person.  Each school has two or more Contact Tracers who will investigate close contacts and notify parents if their child must quarantine due to an exposure.  For more detailed information on Contact Tracing, please visit www.rockdaleschools.org/contacttracing .





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