Notification Process

    • When there is a positive case of COVID-19 at a school, those determined to have been in close contact with the individual will be personally notified and provided with quarantine information.
    • Additionally, the entire school will be notified of the positive case.
    • District-wide, weekly reports are posted here.
    • We are following guidance from the CDC and the Oklahoma State Department of Health on notification protocols to ensure compliance with FERPA and HIPPA privacy laws and to protect the identity and confidentiality of individuals who test positive for COVID-19. 

Contact Tracing

  • When we are notified of a positive case or close contact, school health professionals work collaboratively with the Cleveland County Health Department to begin contact tracing in our schools and reach out to that individual to gather information about their specific case and any close contact that may have occurred while at school or at a school activity. Cleveland County Health Department officials review the information and work with school health professionals to ensure that close contacts are appropriately identified and personally notified. School health professionals, in partnership with the school principal, then provide quarantine information and protocols for when individuals may return to school. The Cleveland County Health Department officials also contact the impacted individuals to expand the contract tracing process to identify potential close contacts outside of school activities. Each of our schools has been assigned a designated contact tracer at the health department. 

Quarantine Protocol

  • Quarantine protocols are determined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). 

    CLOSE CONTACT: When there is a positive case at a school, students and teacher(s) who are determined to be in close contact with the individual will be notified, required to quarantine and will transition to remote learning (provided by their teacher or a substitute) during that time.

    CONTINUED CLOSE CONTACT: A longer quarantine period may be required for individuals who live in a household where they are unable to isolate themselves from someone who is positive with COVID-19 due to: 

    • Providing direct care for the person who is COVID-19 positive
    • Not having a separate bedroom to isolate the person who is positive
    • Living in close quarters where it is not possible to keep a physical distance of six feet from the individual who is COVID-19 positive

    In these cases, quarantine periods may vary. Please contact your school’s health professional or the Cleveland County Health Department for more information. 

    VACCINATED INDIVIDUALS: While COVID-19 vaccines have demonstrated high efficacy at preventing severe and symptomatic COVID-19, there is currently limited information on how much the vaccines might reduce transmission and how long protection lasts. In addition, the efficacy of the vaccines against emerging COVID-19 variants is not known. At this time, vaccinated persons should continue to follow current guidance to protect themselves and others, including wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet away from others, avoiding crowds, avoiding poorly ventilated spaces, covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands often, following CDC travel guidance, and following any applicable workplace or school guidance, including guidance related to personal protective equipment use or SARS-CoV-2 testing.

    However, vaccinated persons (student or staff) with an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they meet all of the following criteria:

    • Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine)
    • Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure

    Individuals who do not meet all three of the above criteria should continue to follow current quarantine guidance after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

    Although the risk of transmission from vaccinated persons to others is still uncertain, vaccination has been demonstrated to prevent symptomatic COVID-19; symptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission is thought to have a greater role in transmission than purely asymptomatic transmission. Additionally, individual and societal benefits of avoiding unnecessary quarantine may outweigh the potential but unknown risk of transmission, and facilitate the direction of public health resources to persons at highest risk for transmitting the virus to others. This recommendation to waive quarantine for people with vaccine-derived immunity aligns with quarantine recommendations for those with natural immunity, which eases implementation.

    Fully vaccinated individuals who do not quarantine should still watch for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following an exposure. If they experience symptoms, they should be clinically evaluated for COVID-19, including SARS-CoV-2 testing, if indicated. In addition, vaccinated persons should continue to follow current guidance to protect themselves and others, including all other SARS-CoV-2 testing recommendations and requirements, and state, territorial, tribal, and local travel recommendations or requirements. For additional considerations regarding quarantine or work restrictions for fully vaccinated healthcare personnel, patients, or residents in healthcare settings, please see section below.

    These quarantine recommendations for vaccinated persons, including the criteria for timing since receipt of the last dose in the vaccination series, will be updated by the CDC when more data become available and additional COVID-19 vaccines are authorized. Click here for more information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination protocols. 

    Click here for more CDC information regarding isolation and quarantine protocols.

Return-to-School Protocols

  • *All of the information below is subject to change based upon guidance from the CDC and medical experts. 

    The following return-to-school pathways are applicable to students, teachers and staff members.

    SYMPTOMATIC 

    1. If an individual* develops a fever of 100.4 or higher, or experiences other symptoms associated with COVID-19, they may return to school three days from symptom onset, and after they meet all of the following criteria: 

    • The individual has not had close contact with an individual who is positive for COVID-19
    • The individual tests negative for Covid-19 (not an antibody test). If needed, contact the school's health professional to inquire about free COVID-19 tests.
    • The individual has been asymptomatic and fever-free for the 24 hours prior to return, without the use of fever-reducing medication

    *However, if an individual is fully vaccinated and develops symptoms, they may return to school immediately after they meet all of the following criteria:

    • The individual has not had close contact with an individual who is positive for COVID-19
    • The individual tests negative for Covid-19 (not an antibody test). If needed, contact the school's health professional to inquire about free COVID-19 tests.
    • The individual has been asymptomatic and fever-free for the 24 hours prior to return, without the use of fever-reducing medication

    2. If an individual is symptomatic for COVID-19 and tests positive, they may return to school when they meet all of the following criteria:

    • 10 days after the symptom(s) first appeared
    • Fever-free for the last 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medications)
    • The individual has been asymptomatic and fever-free for the 24 hours prior to return, without the use of fever-reducing medication

    3. If an individual is symptomatic for COVID-19 and is not tested, they may return to school when they meet all of the following criteria:

    • 10 days after the symptom(s) first appeared
    • Fever-free for the last 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medications)
    • The individual has been asymptomatic and fever-free for the 24 hours prior to return, without the use of fever-reducing medication

    ASYMPTOMATIC 

    1. If an individual tests positive for COVID-19 but does not have any symptoms, they may return to school:

    • 10 days after the date of their first positive COVID-19 test. 

    CLOSE CONTACT

    Those who have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 14 days may return to school when they meet all of the following criteria:

    • Daily symptom monitoring continues for entire 14 days following close contact and;
    • No symptoms have developed for 10 days after last close contact or; No symptoms have developed for 7 days after last close contact and a negative COVID-19 test result collected no sooner than day 5 after exposure;
    • Strict adherence to face covering, social distancing, and hand hygiene protocols are followed

    If any symptoms develop, close contacts should immediately self-isolate and notify their school and/or their healthcare provider to report symptoms.

    Free Covid-19 PCR tests are available at Immy in Norman. Appointments may be scheduled by visiting www.immylabs.com.

When to get tested

  • The CDC recommends COVID-19 testing for individuals who:

    • Have symptoms of COVID-19
    • Have had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with someone with confirmed COVID-19
    • Have been asked or referred to get testing by their healthcare provider, local or state ​health department