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COVID-19

Active Cases only reflect individuals that were COVID positive while present in a school building. Cases are considered Active from when they became infectious or tested positive for COVID until 5 days after.  This is the required isolation period for someone that has tested positive for COVID.  Once a positive case moves beyond the 5-day isolation period, it is no longer considered an Active Case and is moved from an Active Case to the Total Cases. Total Cases reflect the total number of positive COVID cases that have been identified in a building since the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year.

Community COVID Level

Allegheny County is currently at the MEDIUM Community COVID Level.

COVID Tracker Definitions/Explanations

Confirmed Case - A confirmed case is a known individual that has tested positive for COVID-19.
Active Case - An active case is an individual that has tested positive for COVID-19 and is still in their 5-day isolation period.
Total Cases - Total cases are the number of positive COVID-19 cases/individuals that have been identified in the District since the beginning of the school year.  
Total in Quarantine - The number in quarantine indicates the number of individuals that are not able to attend school and are currently in a 5-day quarantine due to being identified as a close contact or symptomatic and awaiting a test.
Close Contact - A close contact is defined as someone who was within 6 feet of a person infected with COVID-19 (laboratory-confirmed) for 15 minutes or more within 2 days prior to illness onset.    
Exceptions:
  • In the K-12 indoor setting, the close contact definition excludes students who were not less than 3 feet of an infected student if universal masking is in place and all students were wearing masks.
    • This exception does not apply to teachers, staff, or other adults in the indoor setting.
  • An individual that is fully vaccinated and asymptomatic does not need to quarantine.
  • An individual who was previously diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 90 days of being identified as a close contact does not need to quarantine.
Quarantine - The time an individual is separated and restricts his/her movement due to being exposed to an individual during the time they are contagious as a result of testing positive for COVID-19.
Isolation - A person that has tested positive for COVID-19 who completely isolates himself or herself and has no interaction with individuals that are not sick.  Isolation is a 5-day period.

HOW ARE 5 DAYS CALCULATED FOR QUARANTINE OR ISOLATION?

5 Day Quarantine if Identified as a Close Contact:

  • Day Zero is the day you were exposed to the person who is COVID positive.


5 Day Isolation if COVID Positive:

  • Day Zero is the day you began having symptoms or the day you tested positive if you were asymptomatic.


Day 0

Day 1

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Day 6 - Return Day


FAQ/Information for Parents

MY CHILD ONLY HAS A RUNNY NOSE AND SORE THROAT BUT NO FEVER, CAN THEY STILL HAVE COVID-19? 

WHAT TEST WILL MY CHILD HAVE DONE?

There are different types of Covid-19 tests.  Consult your child’s PCP for guidance.

  • The Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Viral test is highly accurate for detecting current infection

  • The Rapid Antigen test is less reliable than the PCR Viral test 

WHERE SHOULD I TAKE MY CHILD TO GET TESTED?

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CHILD TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19?

  • Isolation is required for 5 days from the start of symptoms (or if asymptomatic - from the date of positive Covid-19 test) 

  • Symptoms and fever must be resolved for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine before returning to school

  • Contact tracing will be done to determine any individuals that may be ‘Close Contacts’ 

  • We ask parents and staff to report all positive results to the school. We are contacted by the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD), however, they may be delayed, therefore, it is critical that parents or staff inform us as soon as possible

WHAT IS ISOLATION?  

  • Isolation keeps someone who is infected with the virus away from others, even in their home

    • Stay at home in a specific “sick room” or area and use a separate bathroom (if available)  

    • Do not share personal household items, like cups, towels, or utensils 

    • Keep a face mask in place and physical distance from all other family members and pets when it is necessary to be out of the room

    • Monitor health and seek emergency care immediately for any serious symptoms of illness   

WHO IS CONSIDERED A CLOSE CONTACT? 

  • Anyone within 6 feet of someone who is positive for Covid-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more.  

  • Exceptions:
  • In the K-12 indoor setting, the close contact definition excludes students who were more than 
    • 3 feet of an infected student if universal masking is in place and all students were wearing masks.
    • This exception does not apply to teachers, staff, or other adults in the indoor setting.
  • An individual that is fully vaccinated and asymptomatic does not need to quarantine.
  • An individual who was previously diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last three months of being identified as a close contact does not need to quarantine.

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CHILD IS A CLOSE CONTACT? 

  • If your child is a close contact but vaccinated and wearing a mask, they do not need to quarantine.

  • If your child is a close contact but had COVID-19 within the last 90 days, they do not need to quarantine.

  • If your child is unvaccinated and fewer than 3 feet for 15 consecutive minutes or more of the positive individual, they should quarantine.
  • An individual that should quarantine should do so for 5 days.  The quarantine can end after 5 days if no symptoms are present during daily monitoring.
  • An individual can end their quarantine after Day 5.
  • Asymptomatic siblings and household members of close contacts do not need to quarantine, but we ask parents to monitor their health.

WHAT IS QUARANTINE?

  • Quarantine keeps someone who was in close contact with someone who has Covid-19 away from others.  If in quarantine, an individual should:

    • Stay home.  Check your temperature twice a day and watch for symptoms of Covid-19. 

    • If possible, stay away from people who are at higher risk of getting very sick from Covid-19.

HOW ARE 5 DAYS CALCULATED FOR QUARANTINE OR ISOLATION?

5 Day Quarantine if Identified as a Close Contact:

  • Day Zero is the day you were exposed to the COVID-positive person.


5 Day Isolation if COVID Positive:

  • Day Zero is the day you began having symptoms or the day you tested positive if you were asymptomatic.


Day 0

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6 - Return Day


DAILY WELLNESS CHECK

  • Please continue to monitor your child’s health every day before attending school in person.   If any symptoms of illness are present, please keep your child home.



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