The district has received several questions this week as it relates to COVID-19 protocols. In an effort to answer some of these questions, we offer the following information.
- Q. Who is considered a direct contact/close contact to someone with COVID-19?
- A. A direct contact/close contact is anyone who was within 6 ft. of an infected person for 15 minutes or longer. *An infected person can spread COVID-19 starting 48 hours (2 days) before the person has any symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19.
- Q. When will the school district contact you?
- A. There are three types of contacts the district may make with a family.
- Close Contact Call: This will be a direct call from the school that notifies a parent that their student meets the definition of being a close contact to a person with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19. The call will confirm that your student may have been exposed; we have submitted their name to the health department for contact tracing; your student will most likely be required to quarantine; and your student may not return to school until released from quarantine.
- General Classroom Notification: Parents will receive an email from the school that states their student is in the same classroom as a student or staff member who has tested positive, but was not determined to be a close contact based on the district’s contact tracing.
- District Notification: The district will send a notification (Eblast) to all Highland parents when there is a positive case in any of our schools.
- Q. Can I test out of quarantine?
- A. No. Test results, whether negative viral test or positive antibody test, cannot shorten the 14-day quarantine period. This is important, because symptoms can appear up to 14 days after exposure.
We Need Your Continued Assistance
In order to keep all of our students and staff as safe as possible, we ask families to do the following:
- If your child or anyone in your household has a confirmed positive COVID-19 test result, please do not send your child to school.
- If your child or anyone in your household is awaiting COVID-19 test results, please do not send your child to school.
- If your child is experiencing any COVID-like symptoms, please err on the side of caution and do not send your child to school.
- If your child has been quarantined by the Medina County Health Department, please do not send your child to school prior to being released from quarantine.