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SFUSD Covid-19 Protocol for Symptoms, Testing Positive, or Close Contacts

SFUSD Covid-19 Protocol for Symptoms

SFUSD COVID-19 Symptoms Chart

* Version 04 of the SFUSD Covid-19 Protocol Quick Guide. Posted Aug 27, 2021. 

Quick Guide Text and Links

Covid-19 Protocol for Symptoms, Testing Positive, or Close Contacts

Scenario 1

Student/Staff exhibits COVID-19 symptoms or answers yes to a symptom screening question.

Action

  • Send home the person with symptoms (isolate until they can go home) → home isolation.
  • Recommend person with symptoms gets a COVID-19 test.
  • Routine cleaning at the end of the day.
  • TRACK: if the person reports testing positive, refer to #2 below for next steps.
  • Cohort remains OPEN. No need to move cohort.

Communication

  • Smartsheets → automatically sends Symptomatic Memo to Staff
  • Admin → give Symptomatic Memo to Student.
  • No broad communication needed.

Documentation

 

Scenario 2

Student/Staff tests positive for COVID-19.

Action

  • Send home the person who is COVID+ (isolate until goes home) → home isolation.
  • Send home all close contacts who are not vaccinated and who did not have COVID-19 within the past 3 months → home quarantine. (NOTE:  People are not considered close contacts simply because they were in the same group or cohort. If the program cannot determine this or does not know, the person should not be considered a close contact.  
  • CLOSE areas where the person spent significant time. Clean and disinfect if within 24 hours from when the person who is positive was last there. If beyond 24 hours, only routine cleaning is needed.

Communication

  • Smartsheets → automatically sends Tested Positive Memo to Staff. Admin-> give Positive Memo to Student.
  • Admin → give Close Contact Memo to Staff or Student whether or not vaccinated.
  • Admin → give General Notification Memo to Staff or Student who is not a close contact but who was in the building during the contagious period. (w/in 24 hrs)

Documentation

 

Scenario 3

Student/Staff reports being a close contact of someone who has recently tested positive for COVID-19. 

*If you’ve already entered a Close Contact connected to a positive case submission, you do not need to enter it again as a Close Contact new case.  

Action

  • For students, If not vaccinated or if did not have COVID-19 in the previous 3 months:
    • Send home →  home quarantine.
    • Recommend COVID-19 test on day 6 or later after last exposure (will not shorten quarantine)
  • If vaccinated: no need to quarantine if asymptomatic, but recommend testing on day 3-5
  • For staff:  if not vaccinated - home quarantine 
    • quarantine for 10 days (this can be shortened to 7 days if testing was conducted on day 5 and is negative)
  • If the COVID-19+ person is in SFUSD, refer to #2 for steps.
  • Keep Cohort OPEN unless following guidance in #2.
  • TRACK: If the person reports testing positive, refer to Scenario #2 for next steps.

Communication

  • Smartsheets will automatically send → Memo to Staff who reports being a close contact and not vaccinated.
  • Admin → give Close Contact Memo to Staff or  Student whether or not vaccinated.
  • No broad communication needed. If the person tests positive, refer to #2 for next steps.

 Documentation

  • Staff self-report on Smartsheet’s “Daily Sign In.
  • Staff enters student in Smartsheet’s “New Case Submission Form” as a close contact.
  • PreK only: also complete Unusual Incident Report LIC 624 (w/in 24 hrs)

Covid-19 Symptoms

(same for adults and students)

  • fever greater than 100.4 F/38 C / chills
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • shortness of breath
  • headache
  • new loss of smell or taste
  • nausea/vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • body aches
  • fatigue
  • runny nose
  • congestion

Helpful Definitions

Contagious

When the person who is infected can give the virus to others.

A person with COVID-19 is considered contagious 2 days before their symptoms start until at least 10 days later, fever is gone 24 hours, and symptoms have improved.

If a person with COVID-19 has no symptoms, they are considered contagious 2 days before their positive test until 10 days after the positive test.

If a person who was initially asymptomatic develops symptoms after testing positive, the contagious period should be considered as two days before the test date and is extended to ten days after the onset of symptoms.

Close Contact

Anyone who stayed within 6 feet of someone with COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes over the course of a day. People should be considered close contacts when the program is reasonably sure that they spent at least 15 minutes within 6 feet of the infected person during the course of a day. People are not considered close contacts simply because they were in the same group or cohort. If the program cannot determine this or does not know, the person should not be considered a close contact.   

Quarantine

Quarantine is used to keep people who have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others while they may be contagious. After someone has been exposed to COVID-19, they must stay home and away from other people for a recommended period after their last exposure, until they meet the criteria to return from quarantine. Close contacts who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or had COVID-19 within the previous 3 months, do not have to quarantine after close contact with someone with COVID-19, as long as they are asymptomatic.

Isolation

Isolation is used to keep people who are infected away from others while they are contagious. This is usually 10 days after COVID-19 symptoms appeared or after they test positive.

When to Return to School/Work: (check with supervisor first)

From Quarantine

  • Close contacts who are NOT vaccinated or who did NOT have COVID-19 in the past 3 months, must stay in home quarantine for 10 full days after they were last in close contact with the person with COVID-19.  If test negative on or after day 5, can return on day 8, as long as asymptomatic.
  • If they are unable to avoid close contact with the person with COVID-19, they must stay in quarantine for 10 full days after the day the person with COVID-19 completed their self-isolation. 
  • If they develop symptoms while in quarantine, they should get tested right away and stay in quarantine for 14 days after last clost contact, and 10 days after symptom onset.

From Isolation

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared or the positive test, AND  
  • At least 24 hours with no fever, without taking medicines to lower a fever, AND
  • All other symptoms have improved.
  • If they only had symptom(s), they can return after a negative COVID-19 test.

Additional Links

These protocols and procedures are based on the official guidance available at this time and the current level of COVID-19 transmission in San Francisco. They are subject to change as new knowledge emerges and as local community transmission changes. 

See the 21-22 SFUSD COVID-19 Safety Protocol for more details.

For consultation, contact the SFUSD Nurse of the Day or the COVID-19 Central Liaison via the Student Family School Resource Link: call 415-340-1716, email sflink@sfusd.edu,  or complete an online request form.