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School Nurse News

​​​​​​On the Rockwood Safe Together School Nurse News page, our school nurses will help provide answers to frequently asked questions they hear from our school communities.

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Q. Will the district be offering vaccination clinics specifically for students if/when the Pfizer vaccine receives emergency use authorization for 12-15 year olds?

A. In the past, we have offered vaccination clinics and advertised other public clinic opportunities to our com​munity and always made sure to inform our community about which age ranges are eligible for each vaccination opportunity. We will continue to follow this practice and keep you informed about any clinics we may be hosting in the coming months.

Q: What can I do now that I'm fully vaccinated?​
A: The CDC currently st​ates​ that you can refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure if asymptomatic and resume domestic travel and refrain from testing before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel. However, the CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people should continue to take precautions in public like wearing a well-fitted mask and physical distancing, avoid medium- and large-sized in-person gatherings and get tested if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms​. Learn more​.

Q: What should I do if I'm fully vaccinated and experience COVID-19 symptoms?
A: Although the risk that fully vaccinated people could become infected with COVID-19 is low, any fully vaccinated person who experiences symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should isolate themselves from others, be clinically evaluated for COVID-19 and tested for SARS-CoV-2 if indicated. The symptomatic fully vaccinated person should inform their healthcare provider of their vaccination status at the time of presentation to care.

Q: How long does my child have to quarantine if they have been a close contact of someone with a case of COVID-19?
A: The St. Louis County Department of Public Health has released an updated isolation and quarantine order to be consistent with the latest CDC guidance, which Rockwood will now be following. The length of quarantine for those who have been expo​sed to a person with COVID-19 has been reduced from 14 days to 10 days from the last exposure to the positive person, as long as the close contact remains symptom free.

Q: Does the whole family have to stay home to wait for test results if only one member is being tested for COVID-19? 
A: No. Other family members do not have to stay at home while someone is awaiting test results as long as they remain symptom-free.

Q: Can students or staff members return to a school setting if they still have symptoms of COVID-19 after their 10-day isolation period is over?
A: No, we ask that everyone who comes to school or work be fever free for 24+ hours without the use of fever-reducing medications and generally feel well. A lingering loss of sense of smell/taste is not uncommon and, if that is the only symptom not improved, you may return to school/work. For employees, if isolation lasts beyond the required 10 days due to ongoing symptoms, please contact your medical provider for their advice and written clearance to return to work when well enough to do so.

Q: One of my children was just informed of the need to quarantine. Does that mean I need to pick up my other children as well and bring them home from school?
A: No, only the child who has been identified as a close contact of a person with a case of COVID-19.

Q: My child has a positive antibody test and note from our MD that they do not need to quarantine. Why are they not allowed to return to school?
A: St. Louis County guidelines do not allow us to accept a positive antibody test as proof of immunity or to release a person from quarantine. A positive COVID-19 test result in the past 90 days will allow someone to be exempted from quarantine, but only if their subsequent exposure is within the 90 days following their ​onset of symptoms or asymptomatic positive test date.
Q: What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?
A: Both are important miti​gation strategies to help slow the spread of COVID-19. People who are diagnosed with COVID-19 need to isolate themselves until they are no longer at risk of infecting others. Quarantine​ is for people who have been identified as close contacts with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Isolation involves: staying home; staying away from household members; and not going to work, school or public areas. Quarantine involves: staying home and not going to work, school or public areas. For more information on isolation and quarantine, please visit the St. Louis County COVID-19 website.

Q: Why is there a need to quarantine individuals who have been identified as close contacts of positive COVID-19 cases?
A: Quarantining is one of the most effective preventative strategies we can employ to help ensure COVID-19 does not spread in our school communities. If you have been exposed to a case of COVID-19, you may not know that you are sick or show any outward symptoms, but you can still spread the virus. Rockwood currently follows the St. Louis County Department of Public Health guidance: close contacts of COVID-19 cases need to quarantine for 10 days from their last exposure.

Q: Once I have received the COVID-19 vaccine, does that mean I no longer have to practice mitigation strategies?
A: ​People who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 still need to continue following our Rockwood Safe Together mitigation strategies. Wear a mask, wash your hands frequently, keep your distance to the extent possible, and conduct your daily health screenings for symptoms. We must stay the course as we protect ourselves and others from the spread of the virus, ​now and in the months to come.