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Emergency Building/Classroom Closure Policy

What is the process for communication if a student or staff tests positive and the school is informed? 

    • Information is reported to APS HR and Health Services
    • Employee follows the guidelines provided from their healthcare provider. 
    • District prepares and provides communication letter to send home to parents. Phone calls are also made in follow up for individuals identified as close contact.
    • The district, in consultation with the local boards of health, provides names of individuals determined to have been in close contact for case consultation. 
    • Depending on the outcome of the investigation, a determination is made as to whether a partial closure is needed or whether select individuals need to be quarantined.
    • Due to privacy requirements, APS will not identify any individual who tests positive for COVID-19.

After re-opening, what will outbreak related closures look like?

    • According to DPH, “A COVID-19 outbreak in a school setting is defined as: Two ore more laboratory confirmed COVID-19 cases among students or staff with illness onsets within a 14 day period, who are epidemiologically linked(e.g., have a common exposure or have been in contact with each other), do not share a household, and were not identified as close contacts of each other in another setting during standard case investigation or contact tracing”. If an outbreak is confirmed, school closures will be implemented for their time frame designated by local public health officials. 

What happens if someone tests positive for COVID?

    • If a student, teacher or staff member tests positive for COVID-19 and has exposed others at the school, classrooms and office areas may need to close temporarily as students, teachers, and staff isolate and the area is cleaned.  In consultation with the local public health department, the school district may also decide whether school closure is warranted, including the length of time closure may be necessary. 

What will happen if the spread increases after returning? Will we return to virtual? 

    • Once we reopen schools, the district will follow the guidance outlined by the Department of Public Health and local boards of health as outlined below:
    • (Outbreaks) According to DPH, “A COVID-19 outbreak in a school setting is defined as: Two or more laboratory confirmed COVID-19 cases among students or staff with illness onsets within a 14-day period, who are epidemiologically linked (e.g., have a common exposure or have been in contact with each other), do not share a household, and were not identified as close contacts of each other in another setting during standard case investigation or contact tracing”. If an outbreak is confirmed, schools closures will be implemented for the timeframe designated by local public health officials.
    • (Non-Outbreak Closures) When a student, teacher, or staff member tests positive for COVID-19 and has exposed others at the school, classrooms and office areas may need to close temporarily as students, teachers, and staff isolate and the area is cleaned. In consultation with the local public health department, the school district may also decide whether school closure is warranted, including the length of time closure may be necessary. 
    • During either scenario of closures, virtual classes will resume.