From The Tribune staff reports
TRUSSVILLE — Trussville City Schools (TCS) Superintendent sent an announcement to parents and guardians regarding COVID.
According to TCS Superintendent Dr. Patti Neill, TCS commended parents for their diligence in keeping symptomatic students home during the surge in COVID cases.
“Our numbers represent positive cases reported to our schools and clinics by parents,” Neill said. “Because of the diligence of our parents, we are fortunate that very few sick students have actually come to school since starting second semester.”
Neill said that TCS is concerned for all of the families impacted by COVID, and they will continue to do all they can to help families and students have a successful school year.
“Schools are open at this time,” Neill said. “All of our safety precautions are in place on buses and in classrooms. Please continue to utilize safety precautions during this surge while outside of school.”
TCS will issue messages should a temporary change or cancellation in bus routes, classes, or activities occur.
If a student tests positive for COVID-19:
Notify the school nurse of the positive test result.
- Stay home for 5 days.
- If a student has no symptoms or symptoms are resolving after 5 days AND the student has been without fever for 24 hours, they may return to school.
- Students who test positive for COVID-19 and continue to have symptoms cannot return to campus or attend any school events until after 10 days have passed since their positive test.
- If the student returns after five days, the student agrees to continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
- If the student does not choose to wear a mask, they may stay home the entire 10 days and the Quarantine Facilitator will continue to support them in completing assignments until the student returns.
Trussville City Schools provided CDC Guidelines for Quarantine:
If a student shows symptoms of COVID-19:
If a student is having 3 or more symptoms of COVID-19, they may:
- End isolation if they get a negative COVID test from a physician’s office
- If symptoms resolve after 5 days and the student has been without fever for at least 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine they may return to school and activities.
According to ADPH, COVID-19 systems may include:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, cough, new loss of taste or smell, fever (greater than 100.4) or chills, muscle or body aches, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, fatigue
If a student has been exposed to COVID-19:
If students have been vaccinated in the last 6 months or have had a booster they may return to school if they:
- Wear a mask around others for 10 days.
- Test on day 5, if possible.
If symptoms develop:
- Stay home
- Get tested if possible
Students that are unvaccinated in the last 6 months:
- Stay home for 5 days. After that, continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
If symptoms develop:
- Stay home
- Get tested
For more information from the CDC please go to https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s1227-isolation-quarantine-guidance.html