• Calculating Dates for Quarantine and Isolation

     

    ***IMPORTANT*** If you receive a text message/phone call/email notification through the Hillcrest Blackboard Messenger System about your child having been exposed to someone that has tested positive at school, PLEASE listen and read the messges that you received regarding the Quarantine procedures that must be followed for your child to be cleared to return to school.

     

     

      If you have received notification from the school or discovered that your child has been exposed/been in close contact (meaning they have been within 6 feet for over 15 minutes in 24 hours) to someone that has tested Positive, your child or family member that has been exposed must Quarantine. This is a mandate from the Maricopa County Department of Public Health. The three exemptions to someone having to Quarantine per Maricopa County Department of Public Health are:

     

    1.  If the person who was determined to be a close contact tested positive for COVID 19 within 90 days prior to their exposure to someone that has just tested positive, they do not have to Quarantine. Proof of the exposed person having previously tested positive must be submitted.

     

    2.  The person who was determined to be a close contact is fully vaccinated (meaning that they received the second dose of their vaccine 14 days or more before their exposure to the individual that tested positive). Proof of vaccination must be submitted.

     

    3. The person that tested positve AND the person that was in close contact with the person that tested positive were BOTH wearing a mask consistently and correctly.

     

     

     

    To Calculate Dates for Quarantine per Maricopa County Department of Public Health

     

    There are two options for Quarantine.  The person that has been exposed or determined to be a close contact of someone that has tested postive must complete ONE of the following options:

     

    1.  If you elect to not get tested for COVID 19 you must quarantine for a total of 10 days, with day one of Quarantine starting the day after your exposure. So for example, if you are exposed on a Monday the first day of your mandatory 10 day Quarantine begins on Tuesday. So Tuesday would be day one of your 10 days of mandatory Quarantine. Once you have completed your 10 days of Quarantine, you are clear to return to your normal daily activities (as long as you are symptom free) on the 11th day. 

     

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    2.  Early Release from Quarantine- For this option the close contact individual MUST be tested for COVID 19. The person determined to have been in close contact with someone that tested positive MUST Quarantine for a total of 7 days, with day one of their Quarantine starting the day after their determined exposure. The exposed individual must get tested for COVID 19, but the test can not be done before the 6th day after their exposure.  If their test is negative AND they are symptom free AND a copy of their negative COVID test is sent to the School Nurse, the exposed individual can be cleared to return to school on the 8th day. 

    Example of Option 2:

    Someone is determined to have been exposed on the 6th.  The exposed individual must Quarantine starting the 7th (the day after last exposure) and stay in Quarantine through the 13th. They can not test until the 12th (which is the 6th day). If their test comes back negative AND they are symptom free AND a copy of the negative COVID test result is sent to the School Nurse, the person can be cleared to return to school on the 14th (which is the 8th day).

     

      

     

    CALCULATING DATES FOR ISOLATION  

     

    If you are NOT fully vaccinated and are ill or experiencing COVID like symptoms, you must stay home and isolate until you have tested negative for COVID and your symptoms have improved.  If you elect not to get tested, you must stay home and isolate for 10 days, with day one being the day after your symptoms started. Proof of the negative COVID test result must be sent to the School Nurse BEFORE your child can return to school. 

     

    If you are fully vaccinated and experiencing COVID like symptoms, you must stay home until you are symptom free. You are not required to get tested, however, Maricopa County Department of Public Health recommends that if your symptoms last longer than 48-72 hours to go and get tested for COVID 19. 

     

    If your child tests positive, whether they are vaccinated or not, they MUST isolate for 10 days. Please contact the School Nurse so they may discuss when your child will be cleared to return to school.