Close Contact, Exposure, Reporting FAQs
What is a close contact?
A close contact is defined by the CDC as someone who was within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes, starting from two days before illness onset until the time the patient is isolated. This means the close contact has possibly been exposed to the virus and should quarantine to monitor for symptoms.
How will I know if my child is a close contact? How will I know if I have been exposed as a staff member? How will I know if there is a COVID-positive case on campus?
- Grades Pre-K through 5 – When a lab-confirmed positive is reported, a letter will be sent to the classroom notifying families of potential exposure. Parents/Guardians will be asked to monitor their student for symptoms. As long as the student remains symptom free, he/she will not be required to quarantine.
- Grades 6-12 – When a lab-confirmed positive is reported, a letter will be sent to the grade level notifying families of potential exposure. Parents/Guardians will be asked to monitor their student for symptoms. As long as the student remains symptom free, he/she will not be required to quarantine.
- School-wide – With a more targeted notification process for close contacts, mass notifications of a positive case on campus to all families and employees will be discontinued.
- Tracking Dashboard – The district is providing a link to the Tarrant County Public Health dashboard that monitors the COVID impact throughout the county. The district is also providing a dashboard dedicated to reporting the number of current lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases within the district.
What do I do if my student has COVID-19 symptoms or has been diagnosed through a lab-confirmed positive test result?
Keep your student home and contact your campus nurse. If your student has symptoms, begin a 10-day isolation from the time of your test or the onset of symptoms. If your student has been diagnosed with COVID-19 through a lab-confirmed positive test result, begin a 10-day isolation from the time of the test or the onset of symptoms, whichever is earlier.
What do I do if my student has had direct exposure to someone with COVID-19?
This is considered a "close contact." Contact your campus nurse but please know that your child will not be required to quarantine. If your student has had direct exposure through close contact to someone with COVID-19, monitor for symptoms. Close contact students who choose to voluntarily quarantine will follow the same process as if they are absent for any other illness.
What do I do if someone in our household is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19?
The individual experiencing symptoms should get tested for COVID-19. Keep your student home if you feel it is necessary. Close contact students who choose to voluntarily quarantine will follow the same process as if they are absent for any other illness.
What do I do if I need to report a lab-confirmed COVID-19 case during non-school hours?
Visit Let's Talk on the district website and complete the COVID-19 After-Hours Reporting Form. Someone from the campus or district will follow up with additional instructions.
What do I do if a member of our household has been exposed to someone with COVID-19?
This is considered a "contact of a contact." If a member of your household has been exposed to COVID-19 but is not experiencing symptoms and the student was not in close contact with the positive COVID-19 individual, then your student may continue attending school on campus. Continue to monitor for symptoms and follow CDC guidelines by:
Returning to SchoolWhat do I do if my child is ready to return to school?
- Maintaining good hygiene
- Practicing social distancing
- Wearing a mask
- Washing hands frequently
Your student can return to school when all three of the following criteria have been met:
- At least one day (24 hours) has passed since with no fever without the use of fever reducing medications and
- Ten (10) days have passed since the symptoms first appeared and
- Symptoms are improved
You also may submit a medical professional's note indicating an alternative diagnosis or obtain an acute infection test that comes back negative for COVID-19 to gain clearance to return to school. Students must check-in with the school nurse before being allowed to return to classes.