Administration will not shut down the classroom and/or the school unless it becomes necessary.
Current evidence continues to suggest that children are less likely to be infected, less likely to have severe symptoms, and are at a lower risk of spreading the disease to others. This has also been the situation so far in Bucks County case investigations. As COVID-19 will likely be with us for an extended period of time, we will treat it similarly to the way we have handled other communicable diseases, including pertussis (whooping cough), measles, chickenpox, influenza, and meningitis. It is our strong intention to keep the school open.
The Bucks County Health Department will be notified immediately.
As part of COVID-19 case investigations, information will be quickly obtained from the student or staff member as to their close contacts since the onset of their symptoms. The actual nature of the contacts will be explored in detail, and multiple variables will be considered. Once information has been gathered, students and staff considered close contacts to the case (if any) will be notified of their exposure, using as little identifying information about the case as possible.
Administration will conduct enhanced surveillance for signs of symptoms as well as increase sanitation and hygiene in the affected areas.
Multiple cases may involve modifications to social distancing or mask usage.
After a positive test, a symptomatic student or staff member can return to school after medical clearance without any additional testing required. If an asymptomatic student or staff member tests positive, the health department will fully investigate the case and determine the return criteria.
Any student or staff member that lives in the same household of the person confirmed to have COVID-19 is to self-quarantine and can return to school once the affected person has been medically cleared.