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COVID-19 Response and Protocols

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Positive Test Procedures and Protocols

(Updated May 27 to align with OCHD update allowing 3-foot distance for quarantine for exposed individuals)

COVID-19 symptoms are: new cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new loss of taste or smell, fatigue, fever (100.4 or higher), chills, headache, nausea/vomiting (2x in 24 hours), muscles aches, congestion or runny nose, sore throat.

  • Isolated waiting rooms will be designated at each school for symptomatic students.
  • Any symptomatic student will need to be picked up by an adult listed on the emergency card.
  • Any student who tests positive for COVID-19 must remain home, based on the protocols shown on this page.
  • LOCS requires all positive COVID-19 tests from student/staff to be reported to school administration by families to initiate contact tracing. Doctor documentation is required.
  • Those with "close contact" with positive individual should also remain out of school for the same 10-day period and monitor symptoms. This includes all family members.
  • OCHD defines "close contact" as: Someone who was within 3 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 48 hours before illness onset. (Updated May 27)
  • A classroom, bus route or individual group or activity could be closed under LOCS protocols.
  • If a classroom is required to quarantine, students will move to remote learning until allowed to return to school.
  • Should the Oakland County Health Division establish a county-wide school protocol, LOCS will defer to that process, as recommended by the state Return to School roadmap.
  • Students will not be penalized for staying home due to illness and are encouraged to remain home when feeling sick, even if not symptomatic.
  • LOCS staff members are subject to the same protocols as contained in the Preparedness and Workplace Plan and Policy.
  • Based on revised CDC guidelines: Individuals who have traveled outside the United States should get tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home for 7 days after travel.
  • Vaccinated persons are not required to quarantine if they meet all of the following criteria:
    • It is more than 14 days since receiving the last dose in the series
    • Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure

Continue to follow current quarantine guidance if both criteria are not met.

NOTEThose individuals vaccinated plus 14 days, no longer have to quarantine.

Return to School Protocols

Student/Staff return to school procedure following symptoms (Updated May 5 to align with OCHD update allowing 10-day quarantine for exposed individuals):

  • With a doctor's note identifying that the symptoms are not COVID-19-related (i.e. allergies, etc.)
  • With proof of a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test and after being fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications and symptoms have improved.
  • If child/staff member does not get tested for COVID-19, they will be excluded from school until 10 days have passed since symptom onset and fever-free for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medication and symptoms have improved.
  • If child/staff member tests positive for COVID-19, they should remain in home isolation for 10 days. They can return after being fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication and symptoms have improved. A negative test result is not required to return to school once all criteria are met.
  • Quarantined individuals cannot "test out" of the quarantine. There is not a procedure to shorten the 10-day time period.

  • NOTEThose individuals vaccinated plus 14 days, no longer have to quarantine.

OCHD COVID-19 Symptoms Procedures

COVID-19 positive procedures