COVID-19 Community Updates: December 9

Updated Quarantining Guidance

The CDC recently provided alternative options for quarantining if an individual is identified as a close contact to someone who is COVID+. The PA Department of Health reviewed that guidance and issued updated information indicating that pre-k to 12 schools could opt to shorten quarantine periods. 

It is important to note that the CDC and the PA Department of Health still support that the most protective recommended quarantine period remains at 14 days post exposure.  

Recognizing new guidance was issued, the Hempfield School District implemented the following effective Tuesday, December 8, 2020.  

If you are a close contact to a COVID+ person who lives in your household, a shortened quarantine will NOT be permitted. Otherwise, in addition to the 14 day quarantine option, the following is permitted. 

  • A quarantine can end after day 10 of the last date of exposure if:
    • The close contact experienced NO symptoms from the last date of exposure through day 10 of the quarantine.
    • The close contact MUST continue to monitor for symptoms through day 14 AND adhere to other non-pharmaceutical interventions such as a facial covering and physical distancing.
    • If there is an onset of any symptoms after day 10, the individual must immediately quarantine and contact their medical provider.
  • A quarantine can end after day 7 of the last date of exposure if:
    • A COVID test was administered to the close contact on day 5 or thereafter from the last date of exposure.
      • The test must be a diagnostic test such as the RT-PCR test.
  • The result of the test is negative AND the close contact provides a copy of the results to the Hempfield School District.
    • At a minimum, the test result must note the following:
      • Name
      • Date of birth
      • Test date
      • Medical provider information
      • Result
  • The close contact experienced NO symptoms from the last date of exposure through the date of return.
  • The close contact MUST continue to monitor for symptoms through day 14 AND adhere to other non-pharmaceutical interventions such as a facial covering and physical distancing.
  • If there is an onset of any symptoms after day 7, the person must immediately quarantine and contact their medical provider.

 

You can find the full School Community COVID Update presentation from the December 8, 2020 School Board meeting here.

New Community Reporting Chart

Based on the new Orders from Governor Wolf and Secretary Levine (November 2020), we have updated our reporting protocols for the community. Visit this page of our website to see the new reporting chart. In an effort to provide our community with timely and meaningful information, we will update this chart each school day by 4:00 p.m.

Please note the following based on the most recent orders:

  • Each school has its own 14 day rolling period. The effective date begins when there is a reportable COVID+ case* in the building.
  • If a school needs to temporarily close (make a switch to full virtual), the 14 day rolling period resets AND the school’s case count resets to 0.

 

*What is a reportable COVID+ case?:

  • A student or staff member with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 who was physically present in the school setting while infectious, including, but not limited to, instruction, work, sports, or extracurricular activities.
    • We review each case with the DOH and are informed whether or not the case is a reportable case that will count toward a school’s case count.