Isolation and Quarantine CVA February 2022

Dear CVA Community,

By the end of this week, many County Health Departments public health orders requiring masks indoors while in school and child care settings will expire. 

Over the past two years, CVA has aligned health and safety decisions in school on guidance from local public health. This new decision to allow the mask mandate in school settings to expire is due to rapidly improving COVID-19 conditions, vaccine availability, as well as a wide range of effective prevention measures available within our community — including the availability of masks for those who choose to wear one, rapid testing, and having people stay home when they are sick.

Effective Tuesday, February 8, masks are no longer required, but highly encouraged at Carbon Valley Academy.

  • CVA will honor personal and parent choices with regard to mask-wearing. 

  • This applies to all students (K-8th grade), staff, families, and visitors 

  • Masks are no longer required for students, staff, or visitors during before or after school activities.

  • Masks continue to be required on district buses, as required by federal law.

We recognize some staff or students may choose to continue wearing a mask while inside CVA. As always, our school and classrooms will provide a safe and welcoming environment for all students and staff. Behavior such as “mask shaming” will not be tolerated. 

Layers of Prevention & Accommodations

As a reminder, we have implemented multiple layered prevention strategies at CVA and masks are just one layer. Additional strategies that will remain in place include, but are not limited to:

  • Temperature checks as they enter the building

  • Frequent hand washing and sanitizing throughout the day

  • Enhanced and extra cleaning and disinfecting protocols

  • Reinforcing the importance of staying home when sick with a fever

As we make this transition regarding masking based on public health guidance, if you have recommendations for additional layers of prevention, please share them by emailing me at michele.saller@cvamail.com.

The safety of all of our students and staff is our priority. Consistent with applicable law, accommodations are available for students and staff based on disability or medical condition. If you’d like to request accommodation for your child, please contact me at michele.saller@cvamail.com and we can discuss what will/can work best for your child.

Thank you so much for being a part of the CVA Community and being along on this pandemic journey with us. We feel your support and appreciate your understanding of how hard we are working to make the best decisions that keep your children safe and healthy and at school.

Sincerely,

Michele D. Saller

I have included the protocol that CVA will continue to follow.

Isolation and Quarantine

 

In alignment with state and local public health guidance, CVA is following the new isolation and quarantine period, which has been shortened from 10 days to 5 days. CVA is also following recently updated public health guidance regarding quarantines in the event of a COVID exposure. Here’s what that means.

Positive COVID Test and/or COVID Symptomatic

  • Stay home (isolate) for 5 days minimum from symptom onset.
  • Return to school on day 6 – as long as there is no fever for at least 24 hours without using medication and symptoms resolved.
  • No test is required to return.

Exposed to COVID within the school setting: 

If your child meets any of the following criteria, and can provide written or verbal verification to the school’s health office, they are not required to stay home (quarantine) and may continue to go to school, so long as your child is symptom free: 

  • Vaccinated.
  • Had a positive COVID-19 test (PCR, antigen or at-home test) in the past 90 days.  
  • Receive a negative COVID test result (PCR or antigen or at-home test)to remain in school. Testing will be the responsibility of the families. CVA will not conduct or provide testing.

If your child does not meet any of the above criteria after an exposure within the school setting, you must:

  • Stay home (quarantine) for 48 hours minimum from the last day of exposure.
  • Return to school/work on day 3- as long as there is no fever for at least 24 hours without using medication and no symptoms have been developed since exposure.
  • Receive a negative COVID test result (PCR or antigen or at-home test).

Exposed to COVID outside the school setting

If your child meets any of the following criteria, and can provide written or verbal verification to the school’s health office, they are not required to stay home (quarantine) and may continue to go to school, so long as your child is symptom free: 

  • Vaccinated.
  • Had a positive COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen or at-home test) in the past 90 days.

If your child does not meet any of the above criteria after an exposure outside school, you must:

  • Stay home (quarantine) for 48 hours minimum from the last day of exposure.
  • Return to school/work on day 3 – as long as there is no fever for at least 24 hours without using medication and no symptoms have been developed since exposure.
  • Receive a negative COVID test result (PCR or antigen or at-home test).

 

If you’re able to continue attending school after a COVID exposure within or outside the school setting because you meet one of the above-listed criteria, you should:

  • watch for symptoms for 10 days;
  • get tested about 3-5 days after exposure;
  • properly wear a mask in school unless you have an approved mask exemption; and
  • isolate yourself and get tested if symptoms develop.

*Families: Given individual circumstances, if your child will be out of school beyond the 5-day isolation/quarantine period, please notify the front office so they can update attendance records.

Outbreaks 

An outbreak is defined as five or more connected cases within a 14-day period. If CVA’s COVID team has reason to believe multiple cases are connected to one another in a specific classroom or core, they will consult with the district’s COVID team who will then investigate the situation and determine if it meets the criteria for an outbreak.

If a classroom or grade level is required to quarantine due to an outbreak, remote learning opportunities will be provided in accordance with CVA procedures. 

Shift to Remote Learning due to Staffing Shortages

Staffing shortages as well as employees needing to stay home due to illness has the potential to require a classroom, core or grade level to shift to remote learning for a limited period of time in accordance with CVA procedures.