Updated 3.29.21

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    COVID-19 Positive Test
    in a school or district facility
    Response Protocol


    HCS will activate a protocol for any staff member, student, or visitor who has been on campus
    that reports a positive COVID-19 test.

    Close contact* to an individual who reports a positive diagnosis will result in DPH-required quarantine. Students impacted by this
    will transition to remote learning. Employees impacted will work with the Superintendent and HR to determine work assignment
    and/or leave.

    Staff, Student, Family Member, and Visitor Protocol  

    1. Positive results report to a staff member or supervisor
    2. Building administrator reports to the appropriate Henry County
      Schools cluster nurse to coordinate with the Department of
      Public Health.
    3. Close contact* review conducted.
    4. All persons found to have been in close contact with positive
      case will be notified by phone in order to begin quarantine.
    5. Once close contact* notification is complete, a general
      message to school faculty and community will be sent via infinite
      campus.

     

    Close Contact Exposure with Vaccinated Individuals:

    Individuals fully vaccinated for COVID-19 who are exposed to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are NOT required to quarantine as long as you are NOT an inpatient or resident in a healthcare facility or a congregate setting.


           *Close contact is defined as contact within six feet for a cumulative
             period of 15 minutes or longer over a 24 hour period.

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    Communication
    of COVID-19 Positive Cases

    Public Health Notification
    Until further notice, Henry County Schools will notify local public health officials in all circumstances in which we receive notification
    of a positive test, or in other circumstances that require further consultation.


    Student, Family, and Staff Communication
     
    It is the goal of HCS to keep staff and families informed of COVID positive cases
    impacting school and district facilities while respecting the privacy of
    individuals. 

    • For each positive COVID positive case, close contacts will be notified by
      phone
    • After the confidential, private notification, a general message will be shared
      with all staff and families connected to the affected facilities through internal
      and Infinite Campus messaging.


    HCS COVID-19 Dashboard
    Henry County Schools will report weekly the number of positive COVID cases in
    our district as well as impacted quarantine incidents in our facilities through an
    updated Reporting dashboard on the Henry County Schools website.

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    Building
    Operations
    Response

    Henry County Schools is implementing a coordinated preventative disinfecting protocol
    in each building and office space.

    If there is a scenario in which a positive COVID-19 case is identified and there has been contact with local
    workspace, consideration for 
    additional actions will be taken, to include: 

    • Continue implementation of Preventative Practices
    • Targeted Closure - close off affected areas for 24 hours or more
      (i.e. classrooms, offices, etc.)
    • Short- or Long-Term Closure - decision made in consultation with
      public health officials in rare cases
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    If Quarantined...



    Quarantined Students should:

    • Monitor your personal health, and if you do not feel well, contact your family
      doctor.

    • As long as you stay well, continue to access learning through our remote 
      learning environment.

    Quarantined Employees should:

    • Monitor your personal health, and if you do not feel well, contact your health
      care provider. Notify your supervisor if you cannot continue your work
      duties.
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    COVID-19 Positive Test Impact
    in a classroom or bus

    Quarantine Impact

    Henry County Schools follow required Department of PublicHealth contact tracing and quarantine measures in the event of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. This could result in students and teachers moving in and out of an on-campus and remote learning environments as we are directed by the DPH.  

     

    Close Contact Exposure with Vaccinated Individuals:

    Individuals fully vaccinated for COVID-19 who are exposed to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are NOT required to quarantine as long as you are NOT an inpatient or resident in a healthcare facility or a congregate setting.

    School Classrooms

      As DPH requires, when a student receives a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, a close contact investigation will be initiated. Parents of students determined to be in close contact will be notified by phone and in close contact will be notified by phone and students will be required to quarantine, per DPH/CDC guidelines. Henry County Schools will, in most cases, use the following model for each classroom the student was in:

     

     

    Chart

     

     

    Bus Transportation

      As DPH requires, when a student receives a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, parents of students in close contact will be notified by phone and students will be required to quarantine, per DPH/CDC guidelines. Henry County Schools will, in most cases, use the following model for bus in which the student was a passenger:

    Bus model


    Total school closure will occur if advised by the Department of Public Health.


  • I Got Vaccinated

     

    Vaccinations:

    Individuals fully vaccinated for COVID-19 who are exposed to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are NOT required to quarantine as long as you are NOT an inpatient or resident in a healthcare facility or a congregate setting.

     

    People are considered fully vaccinated:

    • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
    • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

    If it has been less than 2 weeks since your 1-dose shot, or if you still need to get your second dose of a 2-dose vaccine, you are not yet fully protected.

    Individuals fully vaccinated for COVID-19 who are exposed to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are NOT required to quarantine as long as you are NOT an inpatient or resident in a healthcare facility or a congregate setting. 

    Vaccinated individuals should continue to follow all other DPH guidance to protect themselves and others, including wearing a mask, social distancing, avoiding crowds, avoiding poorly ventilated spaces, covering coughs and sneezes, and washing hands often.