Quarantine Procedure Update
Beginning November 13, 2020 we will be adjusting our COVID-19 quarantine procedure as it relates to close contacts at school. Following guidance issued from Missouri Governor Parson and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education today, close contacts to a positive case at school will still be allowed to attend school in person as long as both parties were correctly wearing masks during the time of exposure. This new guidance will not apply to close contacts who were exposed outside of school.
If you have a student currently in quarantine due to a school-related exposure, a member of our team will be reaching out to you on Monday with a re-entry plan. Please continue quarantine until you receive that information.
If you have a student in quarantine due to an exposure outside of school, please continue with guidance as directed by your governing health department.
It is important to note that this new guidance is only an available option to schools that have a mask mandate in place. We strongly believe that our ability to have maintained seated school up to this point and not have a significant closure is credited to the diligence of the NSD Team and students who are cooperating with COVID-19 mitigation procedures.
The governor and education commissioner strongly encouraged masking, hand washing, and social distancing to combat the COVID-19 rise that we are experiencing in Missouri. DESE’s Missouri School Operating Guidance can be found here. Please help us continue to protect each other and our school year by practicing these measures outside of school.
Contact Tracing & Quarantine Procedures
What happens if a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19?
Isolation, quarantine, and contact tracing are determined by the health department and will depend on the level of risk. We are doing our best to reduce that risk through social distancing and masking. When a positive case arises, we will provide the health department with the information they need in order to assess the risk of exposure.
NSD is notified by a family or the Health Department (HD) about a student with a positive COVID-19 test
The positive student and household contacts will be isolated and sent home as soon as possible.
NSD will identify Close Contacts
Close Contacts are identified by being in “close contact” with the positive student according to but not limited to the guidelines below.
- During the student’s infectious period (48 before and for 10 days after symptoms developed)
- Within 6 feet of the student for more than 15 minutes
- Additional contacts could be from: classroom, lunch, free periods, transportation, extracurricular activities
NSD will provide the Health Department with a list of possible close contacts to the positive student
Information sent to the Health Department will include the following:
- Student/staff name
- Student/staff date of birth
- Home address
- Contact information (for students, this will be the legal guardian’s information)
- Face covering usage
- Positive student’s information including classes, date of last attendance, and information listed above.
The Health Department will determine course of action
The Health Department will assess the information and determine the course of action for the positive student and the close contacts.
Students with a positive test should not come to school until:
- They are fever-free for more than 24 hours (without fever-reducing medication)
- Their symptoms have improved
- The Health Department has approved their return (typically 10-14 days from the start of symptoms)
Close contacts to a student with a positive test should not come to school until:
- At least 14 days after their last potential exposure to the positive student
- The Health Department has approved their return
Will there be a point when a classroom, school, or the district has to close due to case numbers? What is that guidance?
Neosho School District has adopted the “3-4-5 Plan” as recommended by the Missouri Center for Public Health Excellence. The 3-4-5 Plan outlines that if over 5% of the student body in a building or district test positive any day, 4% test positive over two days in a row, or 3% test positive for three days in a row, then that building or district closes for 10 days (percentages may change according to guidance from health officials). During closures, extracurricular activities, school-based afterschool programs and other events will also be canceled.
NSD COVID-19 Task Force, working with the county health department, will determine whether the impacted classroom, school, or the district needs to close. In order to avoid large closures, other steps will be taken first:
- NSD’s contact tracing team will work with the health department to identify close contacts to the positive individual. If specific contacts cannot be identified, everyone who was in the same room, bus, or other areas may be quarantined according to health department guidelines.
- Local health officials’ recommendations for the scope (e.g., a single school, multiple schools, the full district) and duration of school closures will be made on a case by-case basis using the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 and the specific cases in the community.
- If a person diagnosed with COVID-19 is determined to have been in the building and poses a risk to the staff or students, a school may close temporarily for cleaning and disinfection if the school is unable to complete cleaning during its nighttime closing