Please remember the following:
The identity of a person who tests positive should be kept confidential and will only be shared with others who specifically have a role in addressing needs.
Public health officials and our school nurses are responsible for instructing those who test positive about their next steps, as well as identifying the individual's close contacts.
The behavior of Rockwood families and employees is vital to the health and well-being of the school district. We thank them for their careful adherence to safety practices proven to prevent the spread of the virus.
Public health experts, contact tracers, and Rockwood school nurses are working together to manage the virus on our campus as they follow the most up-to-date information. A team of experts will address each positive case.
What is Close Contact?
You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more within a 24-hour period
You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
You shared eating or drinking utensils
They sneezed, coughed or somehow got respiratory droplets on you
Cases of COVID-19 Exposure
Students, teachers, and staff identified as close contacts to a COVID-19 case should not come to school and take the following steps:
Stay home for 10 days after the last contact with a person who has COVID-19
Watch for fever (100 °F), cough, shortness of breath or other symptoms of COVID-19
If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19
Students, teachers and staff who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 and have met the criteria to be released from isolation do not need to quarantine or get tested again for up to 3 months as long as they do not develop symptoms again. People who develop symptoms again within 3 months of their first bout of COVID-19 may need to be tested again if there is no other cause identified for their symptoms.
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What to Do If ... COVID-19 Scenario Sheet for Families
Determining the Need for Notification
Rockwood school nurses manage each COVID-19 diagnosis. Our school nurses work with the St. Louis County Department of Public Health to determine the need for notification based upon the details of each individual's case.
We understand that our families will naturally be concerned by a positive COVID-19 case in our community. Be assured that our policy regarding any potential cases is that those at risk of exposure will be notified by the District or the St. Louis County Health Department as soon as possible after a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 in our school community.
If you do not receive notification from the Rockwood School District or the St. Louis County Health Department when there is a known positive case in our community, it means you did not have close contact with the individual who has tested positive. Therefore, you are not considered at high risk for exposure.
School officials will support the St. Louis County Department of Health's efforts for contact tracing and quarantine. As always, in accordance with privacy laws, Rockwood will not publicly disclose the identity of the individual who has tested positive, but that information may be shared with the St. Louis Department of Health.
As we work to keep students and staff safe during this pandemic, we will share as much information as possible with you, while still following legal and ethical privacy rules. Please note the following:
- We will notify the entire school, building, or team if there is a positive case in the school environment.
- Parents: If we find out that your child was a close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, we will contact you personally.
- Staff: If we find out you were a close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, we will contact you personally.
- Quarantine: We follow the guidance of the St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH). If you are directly exposed, you will need to stay at home for 10 days.
- Each day all staff and parents should be monitoring themselves or students for any symptom on the list related to COVID-19. A single symptom is reason to stay home until it resolves or you can contact your provider.