• FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    UPDATED 1/18/2022

Decision-making Process

  • How does APS decide which schools should pivot to virtual due to COVID-19 outbreaks?

  • Why did APS decide to open virtually to begin the new year?

  • How can I send feedback or ask questions?


Test-to-Stay

  • What is test-to-stay?

  • Who can participate in Test to Stay?

  • How can I enroll my student in APS Surveillance Testing?

  • Does my student need to participate in testing if they previously tested positive for COVID-19 and are still within 90 days?

  • Does my student need to participate in Surveillance Testing if they are up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccines?

  • What should I do if my student develops symptoms during their quarantine period?

  • What should I do if my student tests positive?

  • My student was exposed outside of school activities (at home, church organization, non-APS daycare, etc.) can they still participate in the Test to Stay program?

  • How will I know if my student tests positive for COVID-19?

  • Why should I consent for my student to participate in surveillance testing and the Test to Stay program?


Surveillance Testing

  • Why is it important for students to participate in surveillance testing?

  • What is required for students to participate in surveillance testing?

  • When and where is surveillance testing offered for students and staff?

  • Is surveillance testing required for students?

  • Where can the rest of my family get a COVID-19 test?

  • How often will students be tested?


Quarantining

  • Quarantine or Isolation: What's the difference?

  • Who Needs to Quarantine After Exposure to a Positive Case?


What Counts as Close Contact?

  • Close Contact

  • Who Doesn’t Need to Quarantine After Exposure?

  • Who will quarantine: just those in close contact, whole classes, whole grades, whole schools?


Outbreaks and Positive Cases

  • After the school year starts, what will outbreak related closures look like?

  • If a student or teacher tests positive for COVID-19 but is asymptomatic, can he/she still report to school?

  • What is the time frame for reporting exposures to parents?


Vaccinations

  • What are the benefits to being fully vaccinated for students and staff in school?

  • How can I find out about other vaccination locations?

  • How are positive cases or exposures reported?

  • Who will be responsible for tracking/tracing COVID cases?

  • How will contact tracing be handled?


Testing

  • When should testing occur after exposure?

  • Where are COVID-19 testing sites?


Instructional Plans

  • What happens if an entire class is quarantined due to COVID cases or exposures including the teacher?

  • What happens if one or more students test positive for COVID (unrelated cases)?

  • What happens if a teacher tests positive for COVID and there is no evidence of student exposure?

  • What happens in the event of a whole school or district closure due to a COVID outbreak?


Additional COVID Mitigation Strategies

  • Why are masks required in some circumstances?

  • Why is it important for families to complete the HealthCheck survey for their child on a daily basis?

  • What guidelines does APS have for people who are traveling?


Staff-specific Topics

  • How can I get Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for my school?