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Quarantine: It's not a school policy. It is a state order.

posted Sep 16, 2020, 1:35 PM by Kurt Dronebarger

Date 9.16.20

 

Dear White County School Community,

 

We are doing everything in our power to ensure the safest environment possible while continually providing education to our students, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. One of our top priorities is protecting students, families, and staff, so our school district is following strict guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Tennessee Department of Health for the management of individuals diagnosed with or exposed to, COVID-19.

 

When we are notified of an individual who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 having been present in a school we, along with our local health department, will immediately begin an investigation to determine who may have been in close contact (within six feet for at least 15 minutes) with that individual.  All who have been identified as close contacts will be notified and instructed to quarantine at home for 14 days from their last contact with that individual or until otherwise advised by the health department. Quarantined individuals are not allowed to return to school or any extracurricular activities until the quarantine period has elapsed.

 

Individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 are to self-isolate at home for ten days from the onset of their symptoms. The individual must be fever-free for 24 hours and have improving symptoms before leaving isolation and returning to school.

 

While COVID-19 does not cause illness in every person who becomes infected, it is highly contagious. If we work together with students, parents, staff, volunteers, and the Tennessee Department of Health, we can avoid closing our schools.

 

Contact [your/your child's] medical provider for guidance if [you develop/your child develops] any of the COVID-19 symptoms. Common symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and loss of smell or taste. It is not necessary to obtain a COVID-19 test unless [you develop/your child develops] symptoms of COVID-19.

 

If you have questions about this information, please contact your medical provider, your school, or your local health department.

 

Sincerely,

 

Kurt Dronebarger

Director of Schools

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