COVID-19 Guidance for Parents

Loyola College Prep COVID-19 Guidance

 

All information in this document is taken directly from guidelines issued by the CDC and Louisiana Department of Health. It is subject to change as their guidance changes.  Thank you for working with us in following protocol as it relates to isolation and exposure. It helps us keep our students and teachers safe and in school!

 


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the definition of a close contact?

  • Any individual who has been within 6 feet of an infected person for more than 15 minutes during their infectious period (which includes the 48 hours before the day the person became sick or 48 hours before they were tested if asymptomatic) until the person was isolated.

  • Close contact is also if you have direct contact with the COVID case (touched, hugged, or kissed them), you ate or drank after them, had a sleepover with them, or they sneezed or coughed on you.

  • If a close contact in quarantine becomes symptomatic, they would be considered a case as of the day their symptoms begin and need to follow the end of self-isolation criteria above to return to school.

  • Contacts of contacts do not need to quarantine.

  1. I have tested positive for COVID. Who do I need to tell?

  • First, notify the school. Second, notify anyone your student may have had “close contact” with 48 hours before he/she began exhibiting symptoms or 48 hours before he/she was tested if asymptomatic.  This includes people your student carpools with, has had sleepovers with, has worked with, or regularly interacts with.

  1. If someone I hung out with/worked with outside of school in the past week tested positive for COVID, do I need to quarantine?

  • The general rule is if you were in close contact with a person within 48 hours of him/her exhibiting symptoms or 48 hours from when he/she tested (if he/she were asymptomatic), then you should quarantine. To prevent this, you should do your best to social distance and wear a mask outside of school as much as you can to minimize your risk. 

  1. I have been asked to quarantine because I have been told I had “close contact” with someone who tested positive. What can I do? 

  • STAY AT HOME!  Don’t just stay home from school; stay home period. Don’t go to work, to the gym, to the store, to pick up dinner, or to see your friends. Do your part for 14 days to help prevent the spread of the disease.  You can Zoom into your classes, Facetime your friends at lunch, go for a walk in your neighborhood (socially distanced from anyone else), play a video game, read a book, or whatever else you can do while separating yourself physically from others.

  1. I’ve already had COVID. Do I still have to quarantine?

  • The CDC says that if you do not have to stay home if you tested positive for COVID in the last three months, have recovered, and remain without COVID symptoms. A doctor’s note  would be necessary in this case.

  1. I’ve already been quarantined once this year. Do I have to quarantine again? 

  • YES!  Each time you are determined to have had close contact to a COVID positive individual within 48 hours of their symptoms (or positive test if asymptomatic), you will be asked to quarantine again.  The only exception would be if you have a doctor’s note verifying you tested positive for COVID in the last three months (see #5 above), you have recovered, and you do not currently have symptoms.  Mask up and social distance both inside and outside of school to prevent exposure.

  1. I have been exposed to someone with COVID or determined to have been in close contact with someone with COVID. Can I test negative and come back to school?

  • NO! You cannot test out of quarantine.  You must quarantine until 14 days from your last exposure to the person even if a test is negative, as it can take up to 14 days to develop symptoms.

  1. My friend and I were both exposed to the same person. Can we isolate together?

  • NO!  The whole point of quarantine/isolation is to prevent the spread of disease to other people. By quarantining with someone, you run the risk that one of you has it and can spread it to the other. 

  1. I disagree with the determination that I have been in contact with someone. What recourse do I have?

  • We often have to rely on teachers/coaches or other personnel who are familiar with a setting/situation to help us determine who was in “close contact”. All of our guidance comes from the CDC and Louisiana Department of Health. Our procedures and policies will change with their updated guidelines. We are obligated to follow their regulations. We recognize there may be times we ask someone to quarantine out of an abundance of caution, but we have to be prudent in our decision making out of the safety of our entire Loyola community.

  1.  Someone in my house has symptoms and has been tested for COVID. Can I still come to school?

  • NO! Until the person has a negative test, you must assume he/she has COVID and isolate as a precaution.

  1.  Someone who lives in my house or someone I ride to school with is home on quarantine due to an exposure. Can I come to school?

  • YES! Contacts of contacts do not need to quarantine; however, they should follow social distancing at home with those in quarantine. You would not be subject to quarantine unless your immediate contact in quarantine developed symptoms or tested positive.  If the quarantined contact later tests positive, you then become a close contact and must begin a 14 day quarantine.

  1. Do I need a negative COVID test to return to school?

  • COVID case: No. You are cleared to come back 10 days from when symptoms first appeared (or 10 days from a positive test if asymptomatic) assuming you are 24 hours free of fever and are improving.

  • COVID quarantine: No.  You are cleared to come back 14 days from when you last had close contact with the COVID positive person.