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COVID Notification and Reporting Process

Updated January 26, 2021

Information on this page is subject to change based on COVID-19 and direction from the Governor, Arizona Department of Health Services, and the Arizona Department of Education.

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 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 and must be symptom free for 24 hours without fever or pain reducing medication.

How should families report if a person in the household has tested positive?
Families and students must inform the teacher, nurse, site administrator, or attendance clerk if they have symptoms, test positive, or have had direct contact with someone that has tested positive. Students in the household with direct contact with the person who tested positive should quarantine for 10-days from the onset of symptoms. If anyone else in the household tests positive, the 10-day quarantine period begins again.

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 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. Per ADPH, if you already had COVID-19 and completed the isolation period, then come in contact with someone who is positive within three months from your testing date, additional quarantine is not required. Staff will begin to collect direct contact information.  Anyone who tests positive is in isolation for 10 days and can return to school if they have been symptom free for 24 hours without fever or pain reducing medication, or if no one in their household is symptomatic or has tested positive during the 10-day isolation period. Every positive case is reported to the Maricopa County Department of Public Health.

Direct contact is defined as being within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period OR had physical contact with a person.  Students who have direct contact will be quarantined for 10 days from the last date of contact with the positive person. Indirect contact is defined as being within 6' of someone who has tested positive for less than 10 minutes, or in direct contact with someone who was in direct contact with someone who has tested positive. Students who have indirect contact will remain at school and asked to monitor for symptoms. 

Beginning March 22, 2021, we have adopted the new CDC-approved option that states parents may choose to shorten the length of the COVID-19 quarantine period for those with a direct contact, with proof of a negative PCR or ANTIGEN test result. Students may return to school on day 8 ONLY if a negative PCR or ANTIGEN test is taken on day 6 or 7 of the assigned quarantine. Parents are asked to provide the negative test results to the health office for review. Once approved, the student may return to school on day 8 instead of day 11. Please note this option applies only to those that have been in direct contact with someone who has tested positive.  Anyone who has tested positive must remain in isolation for the full 10 days, or until they are symptom free for 24 hrs.

Please note that HIPAA, FERPA, and ADA regulations limit the details we can provide. Following state and local health agency guidelines, any student with direct contact is required to quarantine for 10 calendar days, per ADPH and CDC guidelines, and we are required to notify local health officials of anyone testing positive in our schools.

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.
  • Your child has had indirect contact with a student or staff member that tested positive, within 6 feet for less than 15 minutes, or if they were in direct contact with a student in the class who has a household member who tested positive.
  • Your child’s teacher has been quarantined. 
  • 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).

How is direct and in-direct contact defined?
Direct contact is defined as being within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period OR had physical contact with a person. Indirect contact is defined as being within 6’ of someone who has tested positive for less than 10 minutes.

How do schools determine who has been in contact with a person that has tested positive or had direct contact?  
Classroom seating charts are reviewed and students and/or staff are interviewed to determine who may have been within 6 feet of the positive person for more than 10 minutes.