Questions and Answers About Quarantine and Contact Tracing
JPS Parents & Guardians,
If it has been determined your child was in close contact with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19, you will receive a phone call from your child’s school site. You will be asked to pick up your child immediately, and your child must quarantine for 14 days from the last close contact before returning to school. You will also receive a letter from the school site with start and end dates for the quarantine and more details on class assignments, attendance, and pausing participation in extracurricular activities.
Contact tracing is performed according to guidance from the Tulsa Health Department using methods appropriate for the age level of the positive student. The District has a team of trained contact tracers who utilize questioning of adults and students, seating charts, and any other relevant information.
During the 14-day quarantine period, the Tulsa Health Department and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) suggest your child should remain at home as much as possible. Your child should refrain from having contact with friends or attending any social gatherings.
What is the purpose of quarantine?
Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. (CDC quarantine guidance)
How long is a quarantine period?
Health officials determine the length of a quarantine period. Generally, the quarantine period begins on the date of last close contact with a person who has COVID-19. The quarantine ends 14 days after the date of last close contact. A few caveats:
- If during a quarantine the person is in close contact with another person who gets sick with COVID-19, they will need to restart quarantine.
- If the person in quarantine lives in a household where close contact with a person who has COVID-19 is unavoidable, the quarantine period begins on the date the person with COVID-19 ends home isolation and ends after 14 more days have passed.
What should parents/guardians do if their student is asked to quarantine?
Students asked to quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow any other directions from their doctor or the Tulsa Health Department. (CDC quarantine guidance)
If a student is in quarantine, may the student’s siblings continue to attend school?
Yes. Current health recommendations do not require a “contact of a close contact” to quarantine. If the student in quarantine tests positive and the sibling meets the definition of a close contact, then health officials may require the sibling and/or other family members to quarantine. (CDC quarantine guidance)
Can a student or staff member in quarantine return to school if they test negative for COVID-19 before the quarantine period is complete?
No. Students and/or staff must stay home for 14 days after their last contact with a person who has COVID-19 and continue to monitor their health. Even if a student tests negative, symptoms can appear for up to 14 days after exposure to the virus. (CDC quarantine guidance)
Can a student or staff member in quarantine return to school before the quarantine period is complete if they have no symptoms?
No. Students and/or staff must stay home for 14 days after their last contact with a person who has COVID-19 and continue to monitor their health. Symptoms can appear for up to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Some students could contract the virus even if they have no symptoms so ending the quarantine early could expose others to the virus. (CDC quarantine guidance)
If a student or staff member is waiting on COVID-19 test results, should they attend school?
No. Heath officials recommend the person being tested and their household contacts should quarantine at home and away from others and monitor their health. Any student or staff member experiencing COVID symptoms should stay home. (CDC waiting for test results guidance)
***A student DOES NOT need to quarantine if they have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days. Proof of a positive test must be submitted. If the positive test occurred beyond 90 days from the date of close contact, the student must quarantine for 14 days.***
Learning During Quarantine
JPS is committed to providing a high standard of instruction to those students in quarantine and to helping all students succeed during their time away from the classroom.
Your child will not be counted absent during the 14-day quarantine period. They will be expected to continue with their class assignments. They will access assignments through Canvas, and teachers will also use other digital tools to provide support while the student is in quarantine. Teachers will set aside time each day to respond to student questions. Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you have specific questions about their classes, and please contact your child’s principal with any other questions or concerns.
In certain cases, it is possible for an entire classroom to be quarantined. If this occurs, the teacher and all students in the affected class will pivot to distance learning for instruction.