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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 10 days after.  This is the required isolation period for someone that has tested positive for COVID.  Once a positive case moves beyond the 10 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.
Incident and Positivity Rates

Use the following link to access Allegheny County's incident rate per 100K and percent positivity rate.  PA Department of Health COVID-19 Early Warning Dashboard


The table below provides an update on the COVID incident rate per 100K and the percent positivity rate for Allegheny County for the previous 7 days.  The transmission level is determined by the CDC Indicators and Thresholds for Community Transmission of COVID-19.

NOTE: Per the CDC - The transmission level is determined by both the Cases Per 100K and the Percent Positivity Rate falling in a level.  If the two indicators suggest different levels, the transmission level corresponds to the higher threshold.



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 10-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.  
Attendance Restrictions - The number of attendance restrictions indicates the number of individuals that are not able to attend school and are currently in isolation due to a positive COVID test or in 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 three months 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 10-day period.


Info for Families

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

  • Most children with Covid-19 have mild symptoms, with or without a fever - some have no symptoms at all.  Contact your child's medical provider if your child is ill with ANY new symptoms of illness.  

  • CDC Covid-19 Symptoms in Children and Teens

Group A - 1 or more symptoms in this column

Group B - 2 or more symptoms in this column

Cough

Shortness of breath

Difficulty breathing

New loss of smell (without congestion)

New loss of taste (without congestion)

Fever (measured or subjective)           Sore Throat

Chills                                                       Headache

Congestion or runny nose                    Fatigue                                                   

Nausea or vomiting                               Myalgia

Diarrhea                                                  Rigors

 Keep your child home and contact their PCP if your child has:

One or more symptoms in Group A 

Two or more symptoms in Group B

If you have ONLY one symptom from Group B please keep your child at home until:

  • 24 hours after symptoms have improved without the use of fever-reducing medication


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?

  • Contact your child’s doctor or your insurance provider for information on testing sites or click on the following link to find a site near you: Allegheny County Testing Locator or Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)

    • Some testing sites do not require a doctor's order 

    • Some testing sites accept walk-in patients 

    • Some testing centers are also FREE for those without health insurance 

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

  • Isolation is required for 10 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   

HOW DOES CONTACT TRACING OCCUR? 

WHO IS A CLOSE CONTACT? 

  • Anyone within 6 feet of someone who is positive for Covid-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more starting from 2 days before illness onset.  

  • 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? 

  • Quarantine is required by the Allegheny County Health Department.

  • An individual that is not fully vaccinated is required to quarantine if identified as a close contact.
  • An individual required to quarantine must do so for 10 days.  The quarantine can end after 10 days if no symptoms are present during daily monitoring.
  • An individual can end their quarantine after Day 7 if they receive a negative test for COVID 3-5 days after exposure and no symptoms are present during daily monitoring.  
  • Asymptomatic siblings and household members of close contacts do not need to quarantine, but we ask parents to monitor their health.

  • School officials and ACHD will notify all those identified as close contacts.

WHAT IS QUARANTINE?

  • Quarantine keeps someone who was in close contact with someone who has Covid-19 away from others.

    • 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.

DAILY WELLNESS CHECK

  • Please continue to monitor your child’s health every day before attending school in person. 



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