Q: A parent wants to know about positive COVID-19 cases in a classroom, what should they do?
A: The Fannin County School System is taking part in a contact tracing process. Thus, if a student is deemed a close contact to a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 within the school setting, then the parent or legal guardian of that student will be notified and provided with guidance. In addition, the school nurse will be able to confirm whether there are any current positive COVID-19 cases in the school.
Q: A parent is concerned that their student may have been exposed, what should they do?
A: Due to the Fannin County School System’s contact tracing process, a parent/legal guardian will be notified and provided with guidance any time that his or her child has been deemed a close contact to a positive case of COVID-19 within the school setting. In addition, the parent can reach out to their doctor or the county health department to determine if the student should receive medical care.
Q: Will the school or school system quarantine my child?
A: If a student is deemed to be a close contact to a confirmed positive case of COVID-19, then the parent/guardian of that student will be notified and provided with guidance. The parent will have the following options: Option 1 - If the child is not exhibiting contagious-like symptoms, then the child may continue coming to school. Option 2 - the child can quarantine for the dates provided to the parent. If a child begins exhibiting contagious-like symptoms, then the child should stay at home. In addition, medical professionals and the Department of Public Health can identify individuals needing to be quarantined.
Q: Will my student need a note for their absence?
A: Yes. All students should present notes within three days of their absence stating the reason for their absence. If medical care was sought or the student was ordered to quarantine by a health professional, those supporting documents should also be copied to the school.
Q: One of my children tested positive for COVID-19. Do I need to quarantine my other children, and will all of my children’s absences be considered excused absences?
A: The school system does recommend that any FCSS student in your family that is deemed a close contact to a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 quarantine for the number of days recommended by a healthcare professional. Students who miss school due to testing positive for COVID-19 or due to following a quarantine issued by a healthcare provider will be counted as excused as long as a sick note is provided for each child. It is highly recommended that documentation from a medical professional is provided for a student who tests positive for COVID-19 and for a student who is asked to quarantine by a healthcare provider.
Q: When an employee or a student tests positive for COVID-19, when is he or she allowed to return to school/work?
A: When someone tests positive for COVID-19, he or she is required to complete his or her isolation period and to be free of contagious symptoms before returning to school/work. The isolation period is 5 days from when symptoms started for symptomatic individuals. The isolation period is 5 days from the positive test for asymptomatic individuals. When a person tests positive for COVID-19, a healthcare professional will issue this 5-day isolation period. Healthcare professionals also recommend that a person wears a face mask for 5 additional days after he or she returns to work.