Illness & Testing Policy
Failed Magnus or Sick Call
- When a person presents with one symptom of illness and no fever, they should be allowed to return to school without a COVID-19 test when symptoms greatly improve or resolve.
- When a person presents with two or more symptoms of illness, it is recommended they complete a COVID-19 test, and depending on symptoms, possibly have a visit, considering a Strep culture or Influenza test at provider discretion. Results should be reported to the school nurse at firstname.lastname@example.org.
COVID-19 Symptoms Present
- Symptoms present with no known exposure: A COVID-19 test should be completed and the person should remain in precautionary quarantine at home until results return. If negative testing and symptoms have been resolved for 24-plus hours without medication, may return to school. Results should be reported to the school nurse at email@example.com.
- Symptoms present while at home in quarantine or following a known exposure: A COVID-19 test should be completed and the person should remain in precautionary quarantine at home until results return. If in quarantine already or if directly exposed but not yet in quarantine, regardless of test result, 10-day quarantine still must be completed. Results should be reported to the school nurse at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will assign return date and give appropriate teaching.
Direct Exposure Testing
- Direct exposure occurred: It is currently recommended by CDC, DHS, DPI, Brown County Public Health and Prevea Health that an identified close contact be subject to a 10-day quarantine and it is recommended an individual complete a COVID-19 test 5-7 days post most recent date of exposure, preferably a PCR test. Results should be reported to the school nurse at email@example.com. The quarantine is to be completed regardless of test result.
Positive Test Results
- Positive test returns: A 10-day period of strict isolation occurs and contact tracing is completed. You do not need to re-test. Result should be reported to the school nurse at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as received. School nurse will assign return date and give appropriate teaching. If involved in athletics, guidance given by school nurse on Return to Play policy.
Household Contact Testing
- If someone in your household is sick and will be testing, stay home until results return. Behave as if the sick person is positive and others in the home are close contacts. School nurse will give appropriate teaching when notified.
- If someone in your household is in quarantine, symptom free and will be completing precautionary testing 5-7 days after exposure, exercise additional caution with behaviors and monitor more closely for symptoms. Once the household contact completes the test and is awaiting results, you will fail Magnus, but you are able to report to a school representative (Honor Jensen at email@example.com and Amy Rader at firstname.lastname@example.org for staff, Joey Rickards at email@example.com for students) what your situation is and continue to attend unless/until that household contact’s test becomes positive. With that positive test, the person in question becomes a close contact and must quarantine themselves for 10 days. Per CDC guidelines, “a contact of a close contact” may continue with business as usual unless the household contact’s test returns positive.
Updated Feb. 19, 2021 in concordance with CDC guidelines and direction from NDA medical advisors and voted upon by the Notre Dame Academy School Board.
Amy Rader RN, BSN