COVID Procedures & Protocols

STA COVID-19 Illness and Quarantine GuidelinesSYMPTOMS
Symptoms are ANY of the following, unless they have been diagnosed by a physician as symptoms of a non-COVID-19 related illness:

  • Fever (100 degreeF or higher) or chills
  • New cough (for anyone with chronic allergies/asthma, a change from baseline)
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue and body aches
  • New onset of headache (for those with migraines, or other chronic headache syndromes, a change from baseline)
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat (for anyone with chronic allergies, a change from baseline)
  • Congestion or runny nose (for anyone with chronic allergies, a change from baseline)
  • Diarrhea (3 or more loose stools), vomiting, or abdominal pain

This list may not include all possible symptoms. Visit the CDC website for updates as more is learned about COVID-19.

An individual is deemed CONTAGIOUS starting 2 days before their symptom onset through at least 10 days after onset of symptoms. If a case is asymptomatic, the timeframe of contagiousness starts from 2 days prior to date of test, through at least 10 days.


PLEASE NOTE: The details on this page are subject to change as directives are provided by governing authorities and/or health officials or as environmental conditions change. Please check back frequently for the latest accurate information.

If you decide to test for COVID, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School recommends a PCR test a minimum of 7 days after exposure to rule out COVID-19 and limit possible community spread. PCR tests are the gold standard for testing as rapid tests are not 100% accurate.

PERSON AAny PERSON who tests positive for COVID-19 OR has ANY symptoms

WITH SYMPTOMS

  • Follow the isolation guidance issued by the CDC.

RETURN TO SCHOOL when:

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared or a positive COVID result, whichever came first.

AND

  • At least 24 hours have passed fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medication and other symptoms have improved.

OR

  • Documentation of a negative PCR test for COVID-19 or a medical professional's note with an alternative diagnosis has been provided.

AND

  • At least 24 hours have passed fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medication.

WITHOUT SYMPTOMS

Quarantine for 10 days from test date.

  • Monitor for symptoms, taking temperature twice a day.

RETURN TO SCHOOL when:

  • At least 10 days have passed and no symptoms have developed.

PERSON BAny PERSON who lives in the same household with Person A (Close Contact)

QUARANTINE while Person A is sick AND follow protocol below. 

Any time a new household member gets sick with COVID-19 you will need to restart.

VACCINATED INDIVIDUALS WITH NO SYMPTOMS DO NOT NEED TO QUARANTINE.

UNVACCINATED INDIVIDUALS:Unvaccinated person with a known exposure to COVID + person.  

  • Option I Quarantine - 10 days post-exposure with a negative PCR lab test or antigen test following day 7, and no symptoms during this period.  Negative test needs to come from a clinic or provider that has validated the test. Individual will need to continue to monitor for fever or symptoms through day 14 post-exposure. 
     
  • Option II Quarantine – for those unable or unwilling to test: 14 days post-exposure AND no symptoms during this period. 

QUARANTINE FOR 14 DAYS following date of last close contact.

  • Contact School Nurse with any questions.
  • Monitor for symptoms, taking temperature twice a day.
  • Notify Primary Care Provider if symptoms develop.

RETURN TO SCHOOL 14 days after last contact with Person A if no symptoms have developed.

If symptoms develop, follow guidance for Person A.

PERSON CAny PERSON with close contact to Person A who tested positive for COVID-19 (Close Contact)

VACCINATED INDIVIDUALS DO NOT NEED TO QUARANTINE.

UNVACCINATED INDIVIDUALS:Unvaccinated person with a known exposure to COVID + person.  

  • Option I Quarantine - 10 days post-exposure with a negative PCR lab test or antigen test following day 7, and no symptoms during this period.  Negative test needs to come from a clinic or provider that has validated the test. Individual will need to continue to monitor for fever or symptoms through day 14 post-exposure. 
     
  • Option II Quarantine – for those unable or unwilling to test: 14 days post-exposure AND no symptoms during this period. 

QUARANTINE FOR 14 DAYS following date of last close contact.

  • Contact School Nurse with any questions.
  • Monitor for symptoms, taking temperature twice a day.
  • Notify Primary Care Provider if symptoms develop.

RETURN TO SCHOOL 14 days after last contact with Person A if no symptoms have developed.

If symptoms develop, follow guidance for Person A.

PERSON D

Any PERSON exposed to Person B or C (Contact of a Contact)

STAY HOME UNTIL: If anyone in your household is experiencing these symptoms, being tested for COVID-19, or waiting for COVID-19 test results, we ask that person D stay home.

Student can return to school when:

  • he or she has an alternative diagnosis from a doctor.
  • he or she receives a negative test result.

We ask that you:

  • Contact School Nurse with questions regarding timing and exposure.
  • Monitor for symptoms.

 

CSO COVID Protocol

What Is Close Contact?

 * The CDC updated their definition of a "close contact" on August 5, 2021. 

Close Contact through Proximity and Duration of ExposureSomeone who was within 6 feet of an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes). An infected person can spread SARS-CoV-2 starting from 2 days before they have any symptoms (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days before the positive specimen collection date), until they meet criteria for discontinuing home isolation.

Exception: In the K–12 indoor classroom setting, the close contact definition excludes students who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student (laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness) if both the infected student and the exposed student(s) correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time. This exception does not apply to unvaccinated teachers, staff, or other adults in the indoor classroom setting.

Public Health Recommendations: Except in certain circumstances, people who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 should quarantine. However, the following people with recent exposure may NOT need to quarantine:

Additional Information:

A number of factors can influence a person’s risk of exposure to COVID-19, including the type, proximity, and duration of their exposure, environmental factors (such as crowding and ventilation), vaccination statusprior COVID-19 infection, and mask use.

Correct and consistent mask use is a critical step that people can take to protect themselves and others from COVID-19. However, the type of masks used and whether they are used consistently and correctly varies throughout the general population. Except in K–12 indoor classroom settings as described above, mask use is not considered when defining a close contact during case investigation and contact tracing, regardless of whether the person diagnosed with COVID-19 or the person exposed to SARS-CoV-2 was wearing a mask. (Note: Exposure risk in the healthcare setting is determined separately and outlined in CDC guidance).


The infectious period is defined as the 48 hours prior to symptom onset through the duration of their 10-day minimum isolation. The infectious period of an asymptomatic case is defined as the 48 hours prior to the lab sample being taken through their 10-day minimum isolation. 

  • The risk of exposure by asymptomatic persons can be reduced utilizing layers of mitigation. 
  • Source control: contact tracing and quarantine, daily screening, temperature checks, masking, etc.
  • Ventilation: increased air exchange rates, HEPA filters, increased outside air, UVC lights, etc.
  • Distancing and PPE: unidirectional seating, optimized desk spacing, planned and limited cohort exposure, masks, etc.
  • Hygiene: frequent hand washing, not touching the face, cleaning high touch surfaces and floors routinely, etc.

Only those individuals determined to have had close contact will be required to stay home for the requisite quarantine period. 

If a teacher or student tests positive or has symptoms, contact tracing will be used to determine close contacts among students, faculty, and staff, and they will be notified of the need to quarantine.

Guidelines are subject to change as the situation evolves and we learn more about COVID-19. Updated 8/13/21

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Nikki Ramos
Lower School Nurse
nramos@staschool.org
214-826-0566, ext. 4336

Renee Pinkston
Upper School Nurse
rpinkston@staschool.org
214-826-0566 X 4420

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Per Diocesan policy, notes from the doctor/dentist office are required to return to school from an appointment.

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