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    This school year we will do what we can to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our schools. You can help us prevent the spread of disease and keep students in school full time. Here’s how we all can make a difference this year.


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    MASKS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED

    Although masks are not required, we do recommend masks for students, staff and volunteers, especially indoors when it’s difficult to maintain a safe distance from others.


    VACCINATIONS

    Students 12 and older and all school employees have free access to theCOVID-19 vaccine, which is readily available in our community. Those under 18 must have parental permission to receive the vaccine. 


    HAND HYGIENE

    Regular hand washing continues to be important. It’s a quick and easy way to reduce the spread of all kinds of viruses.



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    PHYSICAL DISTANCING

    The more we can spread out, the better. When possible, try to put 3 feet between yourself and others

    VENTILATION

    Last year we improved airflow and filtration in our schools, and that work continues this year. 

    CLEANING

    Our staff will continue a heightened cleaning regimen, including sanitizing frequently touched surfaces.  

    Click here for a printable version of the information above (PDF) Revised 9/13/2021

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    If you are concerned about your student’s potential exposure to COVID-19, consider having them tested for COVID-19. You may obtain a free saliva-based PCR test kit from any of our school offices. Results typically are available 24 to 48 hours after sample collection. You also may consult your healthcare provider or call the Panhandle Health District Hotline at 877-415-5225 to ask about COVID-19 testing.

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    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.

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    One of the best ways to help is to stay home when you are sick or after testing positive for COVID-19, even if you are not experiencing symptoms. Please remain in isolation until it’s safe to be around others.

    Health care and public health authorities advise you to stay home in the following situations:

    • You tested positive for COVID-19.
    • You had close contact with a household member who has COVID, and you are unvaccinated.
    • You had close contact with a person who has COVID, with or without a mask, and you are unvaccinated.
    • You have symptoms of COVID: sore throat, runny nose, cough, fatigue, headache, muscle and body aches, new loss of taste or smell, nausea, fever, vomiting, diarrhea or difficulty breathing (unless you have one short-term symptom).
    • You are waiting on the results of a COVID test and you had a known exposure or have symptoms.

    For details on how long to self-quarantine, and testing options, please visit https://panhandlehealthdistrict.org/covid-19

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    (UPDATED 1/12/2022)

    CAN I COME TO SCHOOL OR WORK WITH OR WITHOUT A MASK WHEN: I HAVE A POSITIVE LAB TEST FOR COVID?

    If you have a positive COVID-19 test with symptoms: 

    • They can end isolation after 5 full days if they are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and other symptoms have improved (loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation​).
    • They should continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public for 5 additional days (day 6 through day 10) after the end of their 5-day isolation period. If they are unable to wear a mask when around others, they should continue to isolate for 10 days.
    • Avoid people who are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe disease, and nursing homes and other high-risk settings, until after at least 10 days.
    • If they continue to have fever or other symptoms have not improved after 5 days of isolation, they should wait to end isolation until they are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and their other symptoms have improved. They should continue to wear a well-fitting mask and contact their healthcare provider with questions.
    • Please visit CDC’s COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation page for more specific guidance on isolation outside of the K-12 setting.

    If you have a positive COVID-19 test without symptoms: 

    CAN I COME TO SCHOOL OR WORK WITH OR WITHOUT A MASK WHEN:I HAVE HAD A KNOWN EXPOSURE OR CLOSE CONTACT TO COVID POSITIVE WHEN THE EXPOSURE WAS MASKED OR UNMASKED?

    WITHOUT SYMPTOMS

    WITH SYMPTOMS

    • They can end isolation after 5 full days if they are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and other symptoms have improved (loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation​).
    • They should continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public for 5 additional days (day 6 through day 10) after the end of their 5-day isolation period. If they are unable to wear a mask when around others, they should continue to isolate for 10 days.
    • Avoid people who are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe disease, and nursing homes and other high-risk settings, until after at least 10 days.
    • If they continue to have fever or other symptoms have not improved after 5 days of isolation, they should wait to end isolation until they are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and their other symptoms have improved. They should continue to wear a well-fitting mask and contact their healthcare provider with questions.
    • Please visit CDC’s COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation page for more specific guidance on isolation outside of the K-12 setting.

    I HAVE HAD CLOSE CONTACT WITH A HOUSEHOLD MEMBER WHO HAS COVID (PARENT, SPOUSE, SIBLING, OR OTHER)

    WITHOUT SYMPTOMS

    WITH SYMPTOMS

    • They can end isolation after 5 full days if they are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and other symptoms have improved (loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation​).
    • They should continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public for 5 additional days (day 6 through day 10) after the end of their 5-day isolation period. If they are unable to wear a mask when around others, they should continue to isolate for 10 days.
    • Avoid people who are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe disease, and nursing homes and other high-risk settings, until after at least 10 days.
    • If they continue to have fever or other symptoms have not improved after 5 days of isolation, they should wait to end isolation until they are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and their other symptoms have improved. They should continue to wear a well-fitting mask and contact their healthcare provider with questions.
    • Please visit CDC’s COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation page for more specific guidance on isolation outside of the K-12 setting.

     

    I HAVE SYMPTOMS OF SORE THROAT, RUNNY NOSE, COUGH, FATIGUE, HEADACHE, MUSCLE AND BODY ACHES, NEW LOSS OF TASTE OR SMELL, NAUSEA, FEVER, VOMITING, DIARRHEA, OR DIFFICULTY BREATHING

    If you have one or more symptoms with NO close contact of someone with COVID-19 AND no test results are available: You SHOULD NOT attend in-person classes. You should use available remote learning options. You may return to building after isolating for 5 days since the date symptoms started AND 24 hours have passed since fever resolved (without medication) AND symptoms have improved, unless you have one short-term symptom.

    WHAT IS A SHORT-TERM SYMPTOM?

    A SHORT-TERM SYMPTOM is defined as: You have only one of the following symptoms (fatigue; headache; muscle pain or body aches; sore throat; congestion or runny nose; nausea or vomiting; or diarrhea) AND the symptom begins and resolves in less than 24 hours AND no known close contact COVID-19 exposure. You can return to school the next day if the short-term symptom resolves. A COVID-19 test is not required.

    I HAVE ONE OR MORE OF ANY COVID SYMPTOMS AND A NEGATIVE TEST OR AN ALTERNATIVE DIAGNOSIS AND NO CLOSE CONTACT

    If you have one or more symptoms AND a negative test -or- an alternate diagnosis: You SHOULD NOT attend in-person classes. You should use available remote learning options. You may return to building after 24 hours have passed since fever resolved (without medication) AND symptoms have improved -or- if alternate diagnosis by health care provider, follow provider directions and isolate per condition diagnosed (whichever isolation is longer).

    I HAVE A PENDING COVID TEST, WITH A KNOWN EXPOSURE AND SYMPTOMS

    If you have one or more symptoms and CLOSE CONTACT of someone with COVID-19 AND no test results are available: You SHOULD NOT attend in-person classes. You should use available remote learning options. You may return to building after isolating for 5 days since the last date of close contact.

    I HAVE TRAVELED TO OR LIVE IN AN AREA THAT IS DESIGNATED AS SUBSTANTIAL OR HIGH COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION

    Yes, you can attend school with or without a mask.

    I HAVE TRAVELED TO OR LIVE IN AN AREA THAT IS DESIGNATED AS SUBSTANTIAL OR HIGH COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION AND I HAVE SYMPTOMS

    If you have one or more symptoms with NO close contact of someone with COVID-19 AND no test results are available: You SHOULD NOT attend in-person classes. You should use available remote learning options. You may return to building after isolating for 5 days since the date symptoms started AND 24 hours have passed since fever resolved (without medication) AND symptoms have improved, unless you have one short-term symptom.

2021-2022 Department of Education Back to School Guidance (COVID)

  • 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.

    Call 1-877-415-5225

    Hotline hours: Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM. (Hours may expand in the future).

    For up-to-date information, visit the CDC coronavirus website or Panhandle Health District

    In addition, Kootenai Health has guidelines available on its coronavirus page.