COVID-19 GUIDELINES AND TEST TO STAY (TTS) UPDATED AS OF AUGUST, 2022

 

CA will be enforcing all CDC isolation and quarantine guidelines.

Quarantine and Isolation Calculator – use this tool to help determine how long you need to isolate, quarantine, or take other steps to prevent spreading COVID-19 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/quarantine-isolation.html

 

Watch for Symptoms: The CDC says people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19: • Fever or chills • Cough • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing • Fatigue • Muscle or body aches • Headache • New loss of taste or smell • Sore throat • Congestion or runny nose • Nausea or vomiting • Diarrhea This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.

 

Test to Stay (TTS) - In order to keep our classrooms open when a child tests positive for COVID-19, Christopher Academy has implemented Test to Stay (TTS), which allows asymptomatic individuals (this means all students in the class in which the COVID-19 case was identified) who meet the criteria for quarantine to continue in-person learning and care. This guidance from the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) outlines how schools and childcare centers can implement a TTS modified quarantine based on data released by the CDC. Quarantine means staying home after a person has been exposed to a contagious disease, to see if they become sick. People should quarantine after close contact with a person who is infected with coronavirus, and they: • have no symptoms • are not vaccinated (or boosted). Close contact is when someone was within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of at least 15 minutes over a 24-hour period. Quarantining helps to keep people who might have been infected separate from others so they don’t spread the virus. Isolation means staying home when a person is infected with a contagious disease so they don’t spread it to others. People should isolate if they: • have symptoms of COVID-19 • test positive for coronavirus (with or without symptoms) Even people who are fully vaccinated and have gotten a booster shot should isolate if they have symptoms or test positive.

 

Christopher Academy will use a TTS modified quarantine protocol that allows asymptomatic students who meet the criteria for quarantine and who are exposed to a person with COVID-19 to continue in-person academic activities that are part of the regular school curriculum and provided during school hours. Traditional quarantine guidance will be used for individuals who are unable or unwilling to comply with masking and testing protocols.

 

Test to Stay Protocol: Eligible students participating in TTS program should adhere to the following protocols:

 

- Wear a mask when around others, indoors at all times when at school, during transportation, (except for eating/drinking), for the entirety of TTS program and through 10 full days after their last exposure to someone with COVID-19 even if all test results are negative. The mask should fit securely over the nose and mouth. When masks are removed for eating/drinking, students should maintain 6 feet from others to the greatest extent practicable.

 

- Quarantine when not at school and refrain from extracurricular activities where consistent masking is not possible.

 

- Monitor for symptoms daily until 10 days after their last exposure to someone with COVID-19.

 

- Comply with the TTS testing protocol (below)

 

Test to Stay Testing Protocol: Testing may be performed using home based tests including self-tests OR at a testing location using a rapid test.

 

Testing Frequency: Students should be tested immediately following the notification of being a close contact. After the first negative test result, the student may continue to attend in-person instruction and then submit to testing on day 5 after exposure. 

 

If the final test result is negative, no further TTS testing is required; students would continue to follow additional precautions through Day 10.

 

If a student develops COVID-19 symptoms, they should be excluded from school and referred for diagnostic testing, following NJDOH guidelines for school exclusion for the recommended isolation period from the date of the positive test.

 

If negative, those contacts can follow TTS protocols or traditional quarantine/exclusion guidance. Traditional quarantine guidance will be used for individuals who are unable or unwilling to comply with masking and testing recommendations.

 

Who does not need to quarantine? If you had close contact with someone with COVID-19 and you are in one of the following groups, you do not need to quarantine. • You are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines. • You had confirmed COVID-19 within the last 90 days (meaning you tested positive using a viral test).

 

When to Stay Home:

Calculating Quarantine - The date of your exposure is considered day 0. Day 1 is the first full day after your last contact with a person who has had COVID-19. Stay home and away from other people for at least 5 days.

 

If you were exposed to COVID-19 and are NOT up to date on COVID-19 Vaccinations: Stay home and quarantine for at least 5 full days. Wear a well-fitting mask if you must be around others in your home. Get tested even if you don’t develop symptoms, get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19. After quarantine Watch for symptoms until 10 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19. Avoid travel until a full 10 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.

 

If you develop symptoms: Isolate immediately and get tested. Continue to stay home until you know the results. Wear a well-fitting mask around others. Take precautions until day 10. Wear a well-fitting mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or in public. Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a well-fitting mask. If you must travel during days 6-10, take precautions.

 

If you were exposed to COVID-19 and are up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations: No quarantine. You do not need to stay home unless you develop symptoms. Get tested even if you don’t develop symptoms, get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19. Watch for symptoms until 10 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19. If you develop symptoms Isolate immediately and get tested. Continue to stay home until you know the results.

 

If you were exposed to COVID-19 and had confirmed COVID-19 within the past 90 days (you tested positive using a viral test): No quarantine. You do not need to stay home unless you develop symptoms. Watch for symptoms until 10 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19. If you develop symptoms Isolate immediately and get tested. Continue to stay home until you know the results. 

 

If you tested positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms, regardless of vaccination status: Stay home for at least 5 days and isolate from others in your home. Wear a well-fitting mask if you must be around others in your home.

 

Ending isolation if you had symptoms - end isolation after 5 full days if you are fever free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and your symptoms are improving.

 

Ending isolation if you did NOT have symptoms - end isolation after at least 5 full days after your positive test. If you got very sick from COVID-19 or have a weakened immune system, you should isolate for at least 10 days. Consult your doctor before ending isolation. Take precautions until day 10.