COVID-19 Quarantine FAQs
How will I know if my child needs to quarantine due to COVID-19 exposure?
- Positive test: If a Highlander (student or employee) receives a positive COVID-19 test, they will quarantine for a minimum of 10 days and may return to school after 10 days have passed AND they are fever-free and symptom-free for at least 24 hours.
- Exposure: The school follows the CDC’s definition of exposure, which includes being within 6 feet of an infected individual for 15 or more cumulative minutes within 24 hours. Immediately following the report of a positive COVID-19 test, our school’s healthcare and administration teams begin contact tracing. Because of the myriad safety measures in place at LHP, including strict adherence to predetermined seating charts, we can quickly identify who was near a student or employee who tests positive. We also interview each person identified as ‘exposed’ during our contact tracing to understand any variances that may have occurred. If you are not contacted by the school, your child was not identified as being exposed to anyone at LHP with the virus.
Students, parents, and employees who are quarantining (for a positive test or exposure) are not allowed on campus or at school-sponsored activities or events.
How is Distance Learning different from Digital Campus?
- Lower School:
- Digital Campus students are enrolled in all virtual classes for the entire semester.
- Middle & Upper Schools:
- Digital Campus students are enrolled in all virtual classes and may return to on-campus classes with 24 hours of notice to your child’s assigned school counselor.
- All School: Distance Learning is the term LHP uses for virtual learning during required quarantine periods.
What happens if someone living in the same household as a student tests positive?
- If a family member living in the same household tests positive for COVID-19, all family members should quarantine and follow published health protocols for “exposure.”
If my child is in the same classroom as another student who has tested positive for COVID-19, are they required to quarantine?
- Not necessarily. The CDC defines exposure as contact within 6 feet, for 15 or more cumulative minutes within 24 hours, with someone who has tested positive. If your child is considered exposed, you will receive a personal phone call from our Health team to advise next steps, followed by communications from school administration to seamlessly shift from on-campus to Distance Learning, if necessary.
If my child is asked to move from on-campus learning to Distance Leaning because of a school-initiated quarantine, does his/her sibling need to quarantine?
- The CDC defines exposure as contact within 6 feet, for 15 or more cumulative minutes within 24 hours, with someone who has tested positive. Siblings of students who are quarantined are not considered exposed, per the DOH, because they have not been in direct contact with the person who tested positive.
If my child is asked to move from on-campus learning to Distance Learning due to quarantine, how will academic instruction be continued?
- Lower School: Students will continue with their established learning schedule with their classes’ assigned teacher, while maintaining developmentally appropriate amounts of screen time. More information will be provided by school administration or their teacher, if quarantine is needed.
- Middle School: Students will be provided a new Distance Learning schedule, which aligns with our Digital Campus. Students and teachers will interact through Zoom, and will use Canvas as their learning management system to keep up with assignments and grades. More information will be provided by school administration and individual teachers if quarantine is needed.
- Upper School: Students will follow their same schedule. Classes will be taught by the same instructors. Students and teachers will interact through Zoom and will use Canvas as their learning management system to keep up with assignments and grades. More information will be provided by school administration, school counselors, and teachers if quarantine is needed.
Any positive COVID-19 test should be reported to our Health services Coordinator, who will work with positive and exposed students, families, and employees on a case-by-case basis.
Health services Coordinator: Marissa Johansen | firstname.lastname@example.org | 407-206-1900 ext. 1234
BACK TO SCHOOL PLAN
- November 4, 2020: Second Semester Operations
- August 1, 2020: Back to School Update
- July 15, 2020: Back to School Update
- July 1, 2020: Back to School Update
- June 22, 2020: Back to School Update
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- CDC: Coronavirus Cases in the U.S.
- U.S. State Department Travel Advisories
- Johns Hopkins CSEE Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases
- Florida Department of Health
- Florida Department of Education
- Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus (Child Mind Institute)
- Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource (NASP)
- Talking With Children About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (CDC)
- Help Your Family De-Stress During Coronavirus Uncertainty (Common Sense Media)
- How Working Parents Can Prepare for Coronavirus Closures (Harvard Business Review)