May 13, 2022
Clarification on Covid19 Guidance
A confirmed COVID-19 case is an individual who has a positive COVID-19 test.
A case is considered to be infectious from 2 days before symptoms first appeared until isolation ends. A person with a positive COVID-19 test but no symptoms is considered to be infectious from 2 days before their test was taken until isolation ends. Once we have identified that an individual has a confirmed case they must quarantine and follow these instructions:
Students and staff with COVID-19 can end isolation after Day* 5 ONLY if all of the following criteria are met:
1. A COVID-19 viral test** collected on Day 5 or later is negative, and
2. No fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine, and
3. Other symptoms are improving
--or-- Isolation can end after Day 10 if both these criteria are met:
1. No fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine, and
2. Other symptoms are not present or are improving.
*For symptomatic students and staff, Day 0 is the first day of symptoms; Day 1 is the first full day after symptoms develop.
For asymptomatic students and staff, Day 0 is the day the first positive test was collected; Day 1 is the first full day after the positive test was collected.
If a student meets the criteria to leave isolation after Day 5, it is strongly recommended that they wear a highly protective mask around others, except when eating or drinking for 10 days after onset of symptoms or, if asymptomatic, after the first positive test; UNLESS they have a medical mask exemption on file with AACA administration.
Staff with COVID-19 are required to wear a highly protective mask in the workplace around others, except when eating or drinking, for 10 days after the positive test.
A Close Contact is defined as someone who was closer than 6 feet to a confirmed case of Covid19 for longer than 15 minutes in a 24 hour period.
Action for close contacts who are required to quarantine* The following close contacts are required to quarantine: -
Asymptomatic staff who are not up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines (unvaccinated, not fully vaccinated, or fully vaccinated but not boosted if eligible*) - *NOTE: Asymptomatic fully vaccinated staff who are not boosted (if eligible) but required to quarantine may remain on site at the workplace (school) during the quarantine period, however they are required to test* once within 3-5 days after the last exposure date.
Unless they meet the criteria for remaining on site at school, staff close contacts who are required to quarantine (unvaccinated) must self-quarantine (stay in their home or another residence, separate from others) and monitor for symptoms as outlined in Quarantine and Other Instructions for Close Contacts. As long as symptoms of COVID-19 are not present, they may end quarantine either:
- After 10 full days have passed from their last known contact to the infectious case (as defined above). Activities may resume starting on Day 11 provided they are asymptomatic; OR - After 5 full days have passed from their last known contact to the infectious case if they have a negative viral test result from a specimen collected on Day 5 from the date of last exposure to the case.
The following close contacts are not required to quarantine provided they remain asymptomatic:
- Students, regardless of vaccination status
- Staff who are fully vaccinated and not eligible for a booster
- Staff who are fully vaccinated and boosted, if eligible