Contact tracing is a tool that can help slow the spread of infectious diseases, such as coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Schools can send the names of people who have recently been diagnosed with COVID-19 to their local health department and school district.
The health department and district will then ask each person with COVID-19 about people with whom they've recently had close contact. Health department and centrail office officials then quickly (usually within 24 hours) alert people who are close contacts that they may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus. Officials don't share the name of the person who may have exposed them. This makes the contact tracing process anonymous and confidential.
It is the school's responsibility to be able to contact trace when feasible throughout our school and across school campus.
The sooner the school and the district can alert close contacts, the lower the risk of COVID-19 virus spreading further.
For COVID-19 contact tracing, a close contact is someone who's been within 6 feet (2 meters) of a person with COVID-19 within two days of symptom onset(or if the person was without symptoms, within two days of the diagnosis) for 15 minutes or more over a 24 hour period. Close contacts can include family, friends, students, teachers, co-workers and health care providers.