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The District will utilize the Navajo County Health Department to classify High Risk exposure and Low Risk Exposure.  Navajo County will also follow up with contact tracing.

 

Low Risk Exposure: Having been in contact with or in the same area as a person for 15 minutes or more who has laboratory diagnosed COVID-19, but has followed all mask-wearing and social distancing procedures and protocols.

 

High Risk Exposure: Having been in contact with or in the same area as a person for 15 minutes or more who has laboratory diagnosed COVID-19, but has NOT followed all mask-wearing and social distancing procedures and protocols.

It is vital that any person with symptoms isolate for 10 calendar days or have a negative COVID test and be fever-free for three days (72 hours) without using any fever reducing medication, such as Tylenol.

 

Additionally, all household members of someone confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19 should not physically attend school and quarantine at home for 10 days.

Quarantining means staying in your own living space for the 10-day incubation period and monitoring yourself for any potential signs of the infection.

 

Quarantining means that you should not go out—not to work, school, or public places. While it is vital to keep in touch with friends, significant others, and family via phone or text, it is not possible to spend any time with them during the 10 days.

After isolating for 10 calendar days or have a negative COVID test AND be fever-free for three days (72 hours) without using any fever reducing medication, such as Tylenol.

Based on guidance from the Navajo County Health Department, people/teachers/students that fall within the “low risk exposure” category do not need to isolate unless symptoms develop. If the student or teacher was not wearing a mask or social distancing, isolation is recommended.

Based on guidance from the Navajo County Health Department, people/teachers/students that fall within the “low risk exposure” category do not need to isolate unless symptoms develop. If the student or teacher was not wearing a mask or social distancing, isolation is recommended.

Similar to determining when to reopen school buildings, the decision to close a portion of the school, or close the school entirely should be made in close coordination with the Navajo County health department. Both the context of local spread as well as the school’s mitigation practices should be considered.

 

Schools should begin preparing for virtual learning when one or more benchmark categories fall within the substantial spread category.

If a student or staff member develops any symptoms while at school, they should be immediately removed from any group setting. They should be placed in a separate room with a face covering on, as tolerated. If a separate room is not available, place the sick student or staff member in a location where they can be at least 6 feet away from others.

 

Staff tending to the care of the sick individual will use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) including surgical mask, gloves and eye protection (goggles or face shield). If they are in direct contact with the sick individual, they should wear a gown. Contact the emergency contact for the individual to be picked up from school as soon as possible, ideally within 1 hour. Call 911 if the individual is exhibiting any serious symptoms, including difficulty getting enough air, change in alertness or responsiveness, bluish lips or face.

Schools will report any outbreaks of COVID-19 to Navajo Health Department. Having more than one case within a school does not constitute an outbreak. An outbreak is defined as two or more laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases among students or staff with onsets within a 14-day period, who are epidemiologically linked, 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.

 

Similar to determining when to reopen school buildings, the decision to quarantine a class, close a portion of the school, or close the school entirely will be made in close coordination and collaboration with Navajo Health Department, Little Colorado Medical Center and Indian Health Service. Both the context of local spread as well as the school’s mitigation practices should be considered. Schools will begin preparing for virtual learning when one or more benchmark categories fall within the substantial spread category.

The District will alert parents about confirmed positive exposures through www.wusd1.org and our alert system.