COVID-19 DECISION TREE
The District, in consultation with the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHC), has established protocols to respond to suspected and confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 to maintain the health and safety of the school community.
Pre-Screening/Symptom Monitoring/Mandatory Reporting
Parents/guardians, students, and staff are required to conduct a daily self-screen at home before reporting to school or work. If they feel ill, they must refrain from entering a school district building.
All individuals who are sick are expected to stay home, and any student, staff member, or approved visitor who becomes sick while in a District building will be sent home immediately.
All staff and parents/guardians of students are required to notify the appropriate District designee immediately if a school employee or student experiences symptoms of COVID-19, has a positive COVID-19 test, or has been exposed to an individual with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis.
Please visit the CDC's website to determine your vaccination status at: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/stay-up-to-date.html#recommendations.
For COVID-19 vaccinations for the immunocompromised visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/immuno.html
CHILD, STUDENT, OR STAFF PERSON THAT TESTED POSITIVE, IS EXPERIENCING COVID-19 SYMPTOMS, OR WAS EXPOSED TO COVID-19
Positive OR does not seek evaluation or COVID-19 test from a health care provider:
ISOLATION: 5 day mandatory ISOLATION and return on days 6-10 with the strict use of a well-fitting mask.*
- If the person has symptoms, the person should stay at home in isolation for a full 5 days from the ﬁrst day of symptoms (day 0) until symptoms improve AND no fever for 24 hours (without fever-reducing medication).
- If the person has no symptoms but tests positive, the person should stay home for a full 5 days from the day of testing (day 0). It is preferred that the individual do rapid antigen testing upon return on day 6, if possible. The individual should be evaluated by a health care provider prior to returning to school if the person was hospitalized, had trouble breathing or is immunocompromised. After isolation, if the symptoms recur or worsen then restart isolation at day 0 and see a health care provider or contact a school nurse for further guidance.
- *Return to school with strict use of a well-ﬁtting mask on days 6-10. The mask worn during days 6-10 should be a KN95 or N95 mask. When the individual's mask is down, such as at lunchtime, the individual should maintain 6 ft. of distance from others as much as possible.
Siblings/household contacts of a person who receives a positive result that cannot isolate themselves from a positive COVID-19 case should wear a well-fitted mask, preferably a KN95 or N95 mask, when attending school during a 20-day period starting from the infected person’s day 0. (10 days for the infected person's isolation plus an additional 10 days). The household contact should test with a rapid antigen or PCR test on day 6 and on day 16, if possible.
- If a household contact develops symptoms, then follow PATH 1.
- If a household contact tests positive, then follow instructions in ISOLATION.
- If the person with symptoms receives a Negative COVID-19 rapid antigen or PCR test result OR alternative diagnosis, the person may return to school.
- Siblings/household contacts of a person who receives a negative result do not need to stay home or quarantine.
An identified close contact will wear a well-fitting mask, preferably a KN95 or N95 mask, for 10 full days with day 0 being the last day of exposure. The exposed individual should test with a rapid antigen test or PCR test on day 6.
- Use a rapid antigen test rather than a PCR Test if tested positive within the past 90 days.
- If they test positive, then follow instructions for ISOLATION.
- If they become symptomatic, then follow PATH 1.