My child tested positive for COVID over the break. What should we do next?
If you test positive for COVID-19 you must stay home in isolation for at least 5 days per updated US CDC and Maine CDC guidelines. Per the US CDC, Day 0 is the day symptoms began or the day the person took a test that had a positive result. Day 1 is the day after symptoms began or, if a person does not have symptoms, the day after the person tested positive (use the date the test was collected).
If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house and return to school. You must continue to wear a mask around others for at least 5 additional days.
The release from isolation criteria is:
- at least 5 days have passed from the onset of symptoms or testing positive
- improving symptoms AND
- fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication
Be sure your school nurse and your PCP knows you have tested positive if you tested positive on a home test!
If you have persistent or worsening symptoms after 5 days, stay home until you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving AND until 24 hours after your fever resolves without the use of medications. At that time, you can leave the house and return to school. If you have questions about your symptoms, please call a healthcare provider. You must continue to wear a mask around others for at least 5 additional days.
Maine CDC recommends testing close contacts of COVID-19 cases. Asymptomatic close contacts should test on day 5 following exposure. Symptomatic close contacts should be tested as soon as possible. You can find COVID-19 testing sites here.
Will the school accept a home test?
Yes, as long as a picture of the test is emailed or texted to the school nurse at firstname.lastname@example.org or (207) 279-1523.
If someone in my household tests positive what do my school age children need to do?
Students can come to school because RSU 68 universally masks if they are asymptomatic.
My child plays outdoors and tests positive, what do we need to do about close contacts?
Contract tracing is no longer needed to be done if the close contacts were either outside or on the school bus.