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BCSD following guidelines for student and employee exposure to COVID-19

Published on Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Berkeley County School District is referring to the following guidelines pertaining to student and employee exposure to COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) classifies exposure has being in close contact (less than six feet) for at least 15 minutes with a person who has COVID-19. Once it is confirmed that an employee or student has been exposed to COVID-19, they may return to the school building after remaining asymptomatic and after 14 days since the last date of high risk exposure to the individual with COVID-19. If symptoms develop, the district urges the student or employee to receive a medical evaluation.

If a student or employee tests positive for COVID-19, or it is probable that they have it, then they may return to work after at least 72 have passed since recovery defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement of other illness symptoms, and at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

If the individual’s medical provider ordered a second test then they may return to work after resolution of fever, without use of fever reducing medication, along with overall improvement to respiratory symptoms. They also need to produce negative test results by at least two consecutive nasopharyngeal swab specimens collected greater or equal to 24 hours apart.

For more information on quarantine and health protocols, as well as what an employee or student needs to do if they test negative but have the symptoms, visit the Student Exposure and Employee Exposure guidelines on the Back to School site (links are located on the lefthand side of the main page).

Families who are still unsure about the best option for their students should visit the “What’s best for my family?” page.

We also encourage our families to review our back to school FAQs and health/safety protocols pages.