• COVID-19 Student and Family FAQ 

     

    Health and Safety FAQ

    1. Will students and teachers be required to wear mask all day?
      Yes, teachers, staff and students age 2 or higher will wear masks.
       
    2. If a teacher or student tests positive, does the whole class quarantine?
      As part of the District’s contact tracing process, anyone (students and staff) that may have been in close contact with a positive case will be personally notified and provided next steps.  Close contacts are individuals who have been within 6 feet for longer than 15 cumulative minutes within a 24-hour time period. Per the CDC, the close contact definition excludes students who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student where the consistent and correct use of masks, physical distancing, and other K-12 prevention strategies are in place. 
       

    3. Will schools have more nurses available at all times?
      As part of its efforts to bolster support to schools, the District increased nursing support by adding a nurse to every campus.  Health Services is in the process of filling any current vacancies and adding nurses to campuses with more than one school facility. 

    4. What is the plan should there be a positive COVID case in a school location?
      If a positive case of COVID-19 occurs at a school location, general notification will be shared with the school community (staff and families) via a robocall and/or electronic communications.  Families of any students identified as a close contact to the positive case will be personally notified by school staff and provided next steps, informed by the COVID-19 Decision Tree for People in Schools, Youth, and Child Care Programs. Impacted areas of the facility will be disinfected utilizing the District’s electrostatic machine.

      Based on guidance as shared in the Department of Health's (DOH) Plans and Processes for K-12 Schools During COVID-19 on August 11, 2021, Pittsburgh Public Schools has shared Building Closure Guidelines for outbreak containment that take into account the number of cases within a 14-day period it would take to close a school, based on each building's population.                    
    5. How much input/suggestions are you getting from medical professionals such as the Allegheny County Health Department or UPMC/Allegheny Health Network?
      We consult with the Allegheny County Health Dept. for guidance and information.  We also consult with the School District Physician.


    6. Will someone be doing temperature screenings at the door?
      The District has developed the COVID-19 Self Screening Tool to assist families and employees for daily assessment for COVID-19, prior to arriving to school. Anyone exhibiting symptoms should stay home.  Families and staff should notify their school principal or supervisor if they have been tested or considered presumed positive for COVID-19. 


    7. What happens if a student or teacher tests positive for COVID?
      If a student, teacher or staff member tests positive and it has been determined that the individual was positive while inside the building in the past 14-days, the District will notify all families and school personnel. The impacted areas will be cleaned. The positive student, teacher or staff member will be isolated for 14 days. Contact tracing will occur, and potentially exposed students or personnel will be contacted regarding quarantine and testing expectations.


    8. What are the protocols when a family member tests positive for COVID-19?                                                                  When a student or staff member has been identified as close contact (exposure) to an individal that has tested positive for COVID-19 within their household, they must quarantine from all activities outside of the home for 20-days from the date of exposure.  The 20-day quarantine is needed because the end of quarantine for the positive person is Day-10 of the quarantine for the exposed person. The exposed person must then complete the second quarantine for days 11-20 because their second quarantine does not begin until the positive person’s ends. Exposed individuals can return earlier based on the following guidance:   
      1.  The individual is fully vaccinated and asymptomatic for at least 24 hours without any fever-reducing medication. An individual is fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the second dose in a 2-dose series, or two weeks after receiving one dose of a single dose vaccine. Proof of vaccination is required.  It is recommended that vaccinated indiviudals receive a COVID-19 test on day two (2) or day five (5) after the exposure date.
      2. If the infected  individual can isolate from the household, then the household must quarantine 10 days from the last day of exposure (day 0) to the infected person. The 10-day period can be reduced to 7 days if tested negative on or after day 5 with a COVID-19 rapid antigen or PCR test.
      3. if the infected individal cannot isolate from the household, then the household  siblings and all others must quarantine the time the infected person is infectious (10 days), plus the time it could take for the household members to get sick (10 days). This second 10 day period can be reduced to 7 days if tested negative on or after day 15 with a COVID-19 rapid
        antigen or PCR test, cutting the quarantine to 17.