Positive for COVID-19? Let us know.
If your student receives a positive lab result for COVID-19, we ask that you notify us immediately. If you are unable to reach the school office, or it's after hours, on a weekend, or during a holiday break, click here to submit a report.
COVID-19 Risk Level (Current):
Moderate and/or sustained community transmission with likelihood of confirmed exposure within communal settings, and with potential for increase in suspected cases.
Traditional learning is in effect: All students attend class 5 days a week in person. Masks are strongly recommended for everyone on school property and buses. Maximize use of outdoor learning spaces, large spaces such as gyms and cafeterias. Social distancing as is practical.
STARTING 05-21: All students, staff and visitors at Lake City High School must wear masks while at school, with no exceptions. Even those who have been fully vaccinated will need to wear their mask at school. This requirement will extend through the end of this school year on June 11.
STARTING 05-11: Masks are required for 2 weeks for all 9th and 10th grade students and staff at Lake City High School. This is scheduled to end after May 24.
STARTING 05-11: Masks are required for 2 weeks for all 8th grade students and staff at Woodland Middle School. This is scheduled to end after May 24.
STARTING 05-10: Masks are required for 2 weeks for all students and staff at Canfield Middle School. This is scheduled to end after May 21.
STARTING 04-21: Masks are now strongly recommended for students, staff and visitors.
STARTING 04-07: All students will attend in-person school Monday-Friday.
STARTING 02-01: Students at Lake City High School, Coeur d'Alene High School, Canfield Middle School, Lakes Middle School and Woodland Middle School will attend in-person school Monday-Tuesday, Thursday-Friday. Wednesday is a distance learning day.
STARTING 11-30: Students at Lake City High School, Coeur d'Alene High School, Canfield Middle School, Lakes Middle School and Woodland Middle School are attending class in person 2 days a week, with half on Monday-Tuesday, half on Thursday-Friday. Students participate in distance learning the other 3 days a week.
STARTING 10-26: Students in grades K-8 and at Venture High School attend in-person school Monday-Tuesday, Thursday-Friday. Wednesday is a distance learning day.
Coeur d’Alene Public Schools consults with Panhandle Health District and other community partners to monitor and evaluate the latest data and trends for tracking the spread of COVID-19.
PLEASE NOTE: The risk level shown here is determined by the Board of Trustees for Coeur d’Alene Public Schools, and is based on trends in the key metrics the School District is tracking as well as projections by and discussions with our community partners working in public health and health care. Our current risk level is specific to the operations of schools in our District and is distinct from any other gauges of current risk for our community, Kootenai County or North Idaho as a region.
Key Metrics for COVID Risk Level and Instructional Model
To determine our current risk level and corresponding instructional model, Coeur d’Alene Public Schools consults with Panhandle Health District and follows the health district's County Risk Level for Schools and Businesses. That information can be found by visting Panhandle Health by clicking here.
Letter to Parents 4/20/2021
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Beginning tomorrow (April 21), masks will be strongly recommended for students, staff and visitors in our schools and district facilities, on school buses, and at district events. This change in Board Policy 1207 was approved Monday by our Board of Trustees.
With this change, it’s important to revisit our quarantine procedures for anyone exposed to COVID-19 at school.
- Close contact with someone who has COVID-19 will NOT result in quarantine for the exposed individual if both parties were wearing a mask at the time of exposure. This is consistent with Idaho Department of Health and Welfare guidelines. (Close contact means you were within 6 feet of the contagious person for a total of 15 minutes or more.)
- If one or both parties were NOT wearing a mask at the time of the close contact, the exposed individual will need to quarantine, consistent with CDC guidelines. There are two exceptions to this requirement:
- People who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated against the disease and show no symptoms. (Provide record of vaccination.)
- People who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months and recovered do not have to quarantine or get tested again as long as they do not develop new symptoms. (Provide positive test result.)
- Parents may voluntarily self-quarantine their students, even if it’s not required. If they choose to do so, we will share their student’s date of exposure to help determine an appropriate quarantine period as well as when your student may receive a COVID-19 test. These absences will be excused.
- The CDC continues to endorse a quarantine for 14 days, but the length of the quarantine may be reduced. Students without symptoms may return from quarantine:
- After day 10 from the date of exposure without testing.
- After day 7 from the date of exposure after receiving a negative PCR test result (test must occur on day 5 or later).
- Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19, or who tests positive for COVID-19, should inform the school immediately and isolate at home as recommended by the CDC. If an unmasked student develops symptoms of COVID-19 while at school, they will be provided a mask while they wait to leave the building to begin their isolation period.
We continue to emphasize the importance of practicing hand hygiene, wearing masks, and maintaining social distancing to the extent it is possible in the current learning conditions.
Coeur d'Alene Public Schools
COVID-19 Situation Report
Updated: 06-15-21 Current Active Cases (Staff and Students): 4
Individuals (staff and students) currently isolated after testing positive: This is the number of individuals (students and adults) who remain in isolation until 10 days after the onset of symptoms, 24 hours of being symptom free without the use of medication, and with improvement in all symptoms.
The table below shows each new positive case (staff and students) by building or department for the current week and each of the previous four weeks. The table also displays the cumulative number of positive cases by building or department for the current school year; and the number of students and staff currently in quarantine.
Resources and Policy
I have questions about coronavirus. How can I get them answered?
Panhandle Health has established a hotline for community members to get answers to questions about coronavirus.
Hotline hours: Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM. (Hours may expand in the future).
In addition, Kootenai Health has guidelines available on its coronavirus page.
FAQ: Close contacts and quarantine
Q: What does it mean to be a “close contact” of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?
A: For COVID-19, a close contact is defined as anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for 15 minutes or longer, starting from 48 hours before the person began feeling sick until the time the patient was isolated. The individual who is a close contact was likely exposed to COVID-19.
Q: What counts as close contact?
- You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or longer
- You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
- You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
- You shared eating or drinking utensils
- They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you
Q: How is the District or anyone employed by the School District qualified to identify close-contacts or otherwise do contact tracing for positive COVID-19 cases?
A: Each of our contact tracing employees has completed a six-hour course and is certified through Johns Hopkins University. This course is an industry standard and was required by Panhandle Health District.
Q: Why does the School District need to identify and notify close-contacts?
A: A close contact to a patient with confirmed or probable COVID-19 should be notified of their exposure as soon as possible (within 24 hours of contact elicitation). Once identified and notified, these individuals can stay home and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Q: How did you determine my student is a close contact of someone who tested positive?
A: Each person who tests positive for COVID-19 is interviewed. Some of the information we ask about includes how the student got to school and who they rode with. We ask if the student rides a bus, who is their girlfriend/boyfriend, what extracurricular activities did they go to. We ask if they have siblings in the Coeur d’Alene School District. We ask if they hugged, kissed, high-fived, or otherwise touched anyone while at school. We ask if they attend School PLUS. Then we review possible locations within buildings or school-related activities the student was at before school. We review the student’s regular daily schedule, including what classroom activities and projects they may have worked on with others. We also ask who they sat with at lunch and what they did after school for extracurricular activities, or how they got home for each of the days on the timeline. Then we take this information and confirm or deny it by checking with teachers, seating assignments, coaches, advisors, school bus drivers and others who may know more about the students locations and activities. Sometimes we check security camera recordings to confirm that we are identifying the correct students.
Q: What time frame are you using to determine a close contact?
A: During the interview we establish a timeline of events that is used to make decisions. We first must determine the date symptoms began. Then we calculate 48 hours prior to the onset of symptoms. The positive individual is then asked about all District-related events, activities and attendance during the infectious period.
Q: If the positive individual is asymptomatic (not experiencing symptoms), what time frame are you using to determine a close contact?
A: If the positive individual is asymptomatic, then we use the date of the test sample as day zero (day for onset of symptoms) and calculate back 48 hours prior to the test.
Q: Are you quarantining entire groups or classes of students without identifying exactly who has close contact?
A: No, we do not quarantine entire classes, teams or clubs unless it was determined that each of the individuals had a close contact.
Q: Does the rest of our household need to quarantine?
A: No, you do not need to self-quarantine. But your family should closely monitor yourselves for any symptoms of COVID-19. However, if your student develops symptoms of COVID-19, then the entire household should stay home and consult with a healthcare provider or the health department for further direction.
Q: What about the rest of our household: Do we all need a COVID test?
A: Not necessarily. If you are concerned about your health please call your doctor. If no one in your household has symptoms it may not be necessary to test.
Q: Where can we get a COVID-19 test in our area?
A: For testing in your area, check get-tested-covid19.org. This site is not a complete resource and the developers are adding more sites as they learn of them. Panhandle Health District advises individuals to contact their primary care provider to inquire about testing. If someone does not have insurance or is not established with a primary care provider, call the Panhandle Health Coronavirus Information Hotline (877-415-5225) to be assessed for a test.
Q: What if our student was exposed to COVID and now has symptoms?
A: Please call your healthcare provider. Your student should be evaluated and tested for COVID at least 5 to 8 days after the last exposure.
Q: What if our student was exposed to COVID and now has symptoms but we don’t want them tested?
A: Please call the Panhandle Health Coronavirus Information Hotline (877-415-5225) for directions.
Q: We have a positive individual in our home. When can our student return to school?
A: A household member can begin their quarantine either on the last date of the case’s isolation period, or starting when they are able to remain isolated from the positive individual. In a scenario where the positive household member has separate sleeping and bathroom space and meal delivery to room (essentially no contact with others in the household), the 2 weeks can start from the date they began isolating from each other.
Q: My student participates in extracurricular activities. Can they still participate in after-school activities while on quarantine, just not attend school?
A: No, your student will not be able to attend or participate in any school-related activities during the quarantine period.
Q: It sounds like you’ve known about this COVID case since last week. Five or seven days have passed since the exposure and you are just now notifying us?
A: No, we just became aware in the last few hours that an individual has tested positive. Once we become aware of this, we interview the student/family, teachers and advisors to determine close contacts when the positive individual was last at school and around others. Then we notify all of the close contacts. This notification typically happens before the next school day begins.
Q: Can my child go get a negative test and return to school before the 14-day quarantine period is up?
A: No, we are working with CDC and Panhandle Health District guidelines that require your student to sit out 14 days from the last known exposure. A negative test does not change the timeline.
Q: My student already had COVID-19. If they are identified as a close contact, will they need to quarantine again?
A: If your student has had COVID in the last 3 months, we just need a doctor’s note or a note from the health department to tell us that. Once we receive the note, your student will be able to attend school and does not need to quarantine.
Q: My student was wearing a mask. How could they be identified as a close contact?
A: You are still considered a close contact even if you were wearing a cloth face covering while around someone with COVID-19. Cloth face coverings are meant to prevent someone from transmitting the virus to others, not to protect someone from becoming infected.
Q: What does Idaho say about students and masks?
A: The state has mask guidance for schools at Idaho COVID-19 Mask Guidance for Schools.
Q: We don’t think our student needs to quarantine. How do we appeal this?
A: Your student was identified using a standardized and certified process approved by Panhandle Health District. If you have evidence that your student was not in close contact, please contact Panhandle Health. If Panhandle gives the School District direction to change the quarantine dates, we will make the adjustment.
Q: How fast does the School District work to notify close contacts?
A: We try to notify close contacts to quarantine within 24 hours of the District becoming aware of the situation. Our goal is to notify students and staff before the beginning of the next school day.
Q: Why are we excluding students from school for COVID exposure? What authority does the District have for this?
A: Under Idaho Code 33-512(7) the Board of Trustees has a legal obligation to exclude from school students with contagious or infectious diseases, or those who have been exposed to contagious or infectious diseases. In addition, IDAPA 16.02.10 Department of Health and Welfare Idaho Reportable Diseases restricts school employees and students from attending school with an infectious or reasonably suspected disease, and grants a licensed physician, public health nurse, school nurse or other person designated by the Department or Health District the authority to determine when a person with a school restrictable disease can no longer transmit the disease to others.