Process for Potential Exposure to COVID-19
Clinton City Schools has implemented safeguards to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Our procedures guide responses to various levels of possible or actual exposure to the virus. Procedures are evaluated and updated as relevant information becomes available.
CCS attempts to minimize the co-mingling of students by establishing partner classes; combining no more than two grade level classes for common area activity. Partner classes reduce co-mingling in common areas during arrival, dismissal, lunch, and playtime.
Many illnesses affect student attendance and participation at school and do not necessitate communication beyond the affected student’s parent/guardian. When a child is sent home, we do not know the underlying illness. We must wait for confirmation of a positive case before we act according to this process. When the Anderson County Health Department or parent notifies Clinton City Schools of a test-positive case of COVID-19, notification of potential exposure to COVID-19 will be sent by Clinton City Schools or the Anderson County Health Department. This notification will be specific to the parents/guardians of the affected students in the homeroom and partner class.
Clinton City Schools will work with local health officials regarding confirmed cases of COVID-19. Contact tracing and communication of any confirmed cases of COVID-19 will be managed on a case-by-case basis, in cooperation with local health authorities. Because COVID-19 is considered a reportable disease, Clinton City Schools must cooperate with the Health Department with student and staff information. Confidentiality will be maintained in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1995 (HIPPA).
Students or staff members identified with COVID-19 will not be allowed to return to school for a minimum of 10 days. They must be asymptomatic and fever-free, without medication, for at least 24 hours prior to returning to school.
Clinton City Schools will respond to a possible exposure to COVID-19 using the following CDC definition of “High Risk Exposure”:
High-Risk Exposure: As per CDC guidelines, a high-risk exposure is someone who has been within 6 ft. of a positive case for 15 or more minutes. As per this definition, not all students in the homeroom class and partner class will be considered high-risk of exposure.
● Depending on the specific timeline, the homeroom class and partner class may be closed for cleaning and contact tracing for 24 hours (or longer if deemed necessary). Students will be given a packet of instructional work to complete at home on the day that the classes are closed. Notification will be sent out to all parents indicating a potential exposure by letter and/or phone call.
● Any student identified as having a likely risk of exposure will be quarantined for 14 days and must be asymptomatic, without medication, for a minimum of 24 hours prior to returning. School staff will notify parents of students with a likely risk of exposure prior to the reopening of the class.
● Students who are sent home for a 14-day quarantine will receive work from teachers and will participate in a Google Meet each day to assist in work completion, standard explanations, student feedback, and social and emotional check-ins.
Clinton City Schools may coordinate with local health agencies to determine if a partial or complete school closure is appropriate. In the event of a full school closure, CCS has a virtual plan in place that involves using the student’s current teacher(s) that may be initiated when deemed appropriate. Chromebooks may be sent home, and individual teachers would communicate the learning schedule for remote learning. (This is not to be confused with the Virtual Learning Program where students do not attend in-person classes at CCS.) There may be an incident where specific schools close in the district while others simultaneously remain open.