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COVID Notification and Reporting Process

Updated August 17, 2021

Information on this page is subject to change based on COVID-19 statistics and direction from national, state and local agencies.

What happens when students or staff exhibit COVID-19 symptoms?
All health office staff and administrators have been trained in COVID-19 symptomatic triage to determine if symptoms are typical, such as those associated with allergies and other identified conditions.  If symptoms are new and unexplained, the health office staff will follow the established health services procedures. If the symptoms continue after following the procedures, the parent will be contacted to help identify the onset or continuation of symptoms.  If the student is sent home they can return when they are symptom free for 24-hours without fever or pain reducing medication. If the student is tested for COVID-19 they will be asked to remain home until the test results are received. If negative, the child can return to school if symptom free as stated above. If positive, the student will remain in isolation for 10 days after symptom onset or date of positive test and must be symptom free for 24 hours without fever or pain reducing medication before returning to school. If students are not feeling well or become symptomatic, we ask that parents keep them home until they are symptom free for 24 hours.

How should families report if a person in the household has tested positive?
Individuals must inform the health office staff, site administrator, or attendance clerk if their child or a person in the household tests positive. It is suggested that students in the household who are in direct contact with the person who tested positive remain at home for up to 10-days from the  date of test or symptom onset.

What is the protocol for a positive COVID case at a school site?
When a positive case is reported to the school, the health office staff and administration begin the process of collecting information from the parent/guardian regarding symptom onset, testing dates, and previous exposure. Schools have been asked by Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) to verify all positive COVID test results.  Anyone who tests positive is in isolation for 10 days from the testing date or symptom onset and can return to school if they have been symptom free for 24 hours without fever or pain reducing medication. Every positive case is reported to the Maricopa County Department of Public Health.

Maricopa County Department of Public Health recommends that schools maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance between students within classrooms where feasible. Parents will be informed if their child was within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 while infectious for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period OR had physical contact with a person, and their child will remain at school.  Parents have the option to keep their child at home for up to 10 days after the contact, and parents are asked to contact the attendance line for any absences. Should the Maricopa County Department of Public Health notify a parent regarding a direct contact and tell them they must quarantine, the district asks that families adhere.

Please note that HIPAA, FERPA, and ADA regulations limit the details we can provide regarding any positive cases.  Thank you for partnering with us to ensure the health and safety of our campus.

Parents/guardians are notified about a COVID case if:
Your child has had direct contact (within 6 feet for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more) with someone who tested positive and that person is in isolation.
There are 2 or more active cases on campus from different households simultaneously that meet specific criteria from the MCDPH (listed below). 
 
When will school-wide notifications take place regarding COVID cases?
Dysart will send a school-wide notification only when two or more students or staff have tested positive for COVID-19 within a 14-day period, AND the following criteria from the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) are met:
1. Those that have tested positive could have had direct contact, such as in a classroom or on a school sports team; and
2. Do not live in the same household; and
3. Were not identified as direct contacts of each other in another setting during a Public Health case investigation (e.g. friends who play together in each other’s homes).