COVID 19 information
  • Vaccination clinics are now available for individuals age 5 and older.  Please see vaccinate.virginia.gov.Symptoms of COVID-19

    Screening, monitoring and testing are essential components of limiting the spread of COVID-19. An important part of keeping our schools safe is actively encouraging staff and students to stay home if they are ill and emphasizing to all the importance of knowing the symptoms of COVID-19.  People with these symptoms or any combination of these symptoms may have contracted COVID-19:

    • Cough
    • Fatigue
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fever (CDC defines this as 100.4°F or greater, or when one feels warm to the touch, or gives a history of feeling feverish)
    • Chills
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • New loss of taste or smell

    Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

    COVID-19 Screening Questions

    Students and staff should assess themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 before reporting to school each day; and/or may be asked the following by school personnel upon arrival:

    Have I had any of the following since my last day in the building?  YES   or   NO

    • A new fever (100.4F or higher) or a sense of having a fever?
    • A new cough or breathing difficulty?
    • Chills?
    • A new sore throat?
    • New congestion or runny nose?
    • New muscle aches that cannot be attributed to another health condition or specific activity (such as physical exercise)?
    • New cold or allergy symptoms?
    • A headache combined with any of the above symptoms?
    • Have you been exposed to anyone who tested positive or suspected positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the past 14 days? An exposure is defined as physical contact within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more during a 24 hour period, exposure to respiratory secretions (e.g., being coughed or sneezed on, sharing drinking glasses or utensils, kissing) from a person with COVID-19 or living with or providing care for a person with COVID-19.

    If an individual answers YES to any of the screening questions, they should stay home and not enter the building. The staff member will contact the designated administrator and the parent will call and notify the school.

  • Follow-up

    The school nurse will call both the staff member and the parent back to walk the parent through an additional assessment and will provide direction based on VDH guidance.  Students/staff who test positive for COVID-19 will need to isolate at home for at least 10 days from onset of symptoms or test date if asymptomatic.  Non-vaccinated students/staff who are exposed to COVID-19 will need to quarantine depending on the nature of the exposure (see specifics below).  Students and staff shall not participate in any extracurricular events and/or activities if they are in isolation or quarantine.

    • Isolation: The separation of people with COVID-19 from others. People in isolation need to stay home and separate themselves from others in the home as much as possible, until it is safe to return to normal activities.
    • Quarantine: The separation of people who were in close contact with a person with COVID-19 from others. People in quarantine should stay home and monitor for their health closely in case they become ill, until it is safe to be around others. There are some exceptions (i.e., for fully vaccinated or recently recovered people).

    Household contact: Persons who have not been vaccinated will need to self-quarantine for 7-14 days per VDH guidelines after the person who is positive for COVID-19 has completed their isolation time or from the last contact with the person who is positive for COVID-19.

    Non-household contacts: Persons who have not been vaccinated will need to self-quarantine and monitor for symptoms for 7-14 days after last known exposure to person positive for COVID-19 per VDH guidelines

    Persons who have had an exposure to COVID-19 and are fully vaccinated will not need to quarantine. These persons should watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and will need to stay home if they become symptomatic.

    COVID-19 testing for symptomatic students or staff

    If the COVID-19 test returns as negative, the student/staff member may return to school, provided they have been fever-free for at least 24 hours (without fever-reducing medication) and feel well enough to return to school.  A copy of the negative COVID-19 test results must be provided to the school nurse before returning to school.  PCR tests are preferred as this is the most accurate testing option.  Results from home test kits are not accepted.  A positive COVID-19 result on a rapid test will be accepted and treated as a positive case for isolation. 

    Where can you get a PCR test? Your school nurse can provide you a list of options as needed. Currently, there are many options in the Roanoke County area that provide testing results in 24-48 hours and testing is provided at no cost to you. These testing locations can either bill your insurance or, if you do not have insurance, they can provide the testing at no cost through federal funding. Be sure to let the testing location know that you need the test due to exposure or symptoms. 

    The following are known testing locations that take insurance and/or provide testing at no cost to you if you do not have insurance. (This list is provided for informational purposes and does not constitute an endorsement by Roanoke County Public Schools.)

    CVS Pharmacies (multiple locations)

    Dynamic Medical  (935 3rd St. in Vinton; 24 hour results)

    Virginia Department of Health (multiple sites)

    Walgreens Pharmacies (multiple locations)

    Quarantine/Isolation

    Parents of the siblings who attend school or other family members who work in the district will be advised on quarantine based on the situation.

    If someone is considered to have had a close contact to a person suspected of having or testing positive for COVID-19, then we will follow the VDH guidelines for quarantining (either household or non-household contact). VDH recommends that you quarantine, if not vaccinated, (stay home) for 14 days after the date of last close contact with the person infected with COVID-19. If you are not able to stay home for 14 days and do not have symptoms, you may leave home earlier: After 10 days without testing; or After 7 days with a negative PCR test performed on or after Day 5 (rapid antigen tests and home test kits are not accepted). It is very important to continue monitoring for symptoms for 14 days and follow all recommendations (e.g., wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet away from others, avoid crowds, and wash hands often) during the quarantine time.

    Persons who have had an exposure to COVID-19 and are fully vaccinated will not need to quarantine. These persons should watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and will need to stay home if they become symptomatic.

    If you have any questions, please contact your school nurse for guidance.

    Parents must report any exposure or positive case in a student/household to the school of attendance.

     

    Returning to School

    Students/staff who tested positive for COVID-19 may return to school after the 10-day isolation period has ended provided that the individual has been fever-free for at least 24 hours (without the use of any medication) and other symptoms are improving.  If the individual continues to have a fever and/or symptoms are not improving, remain in isolation and call the school nurse for additional instructions.

    Students/staff who were in quarantine due to exposure to COVID-19 may return to school after the required quarantine period has ended, and did not develop COVID-19 related symptoms.  For household-based exposures, the individual who tested positive for COVID-19 must also have met the criteria listed above.  If these criteria are not met, remain in quarantine and call the school nurse for additional instructions.

    See the VDH When to End Home Isolation and Quarantine Infographic for more information.

     

     

     

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