COVID-19 Response and Protocols
Positive Test Procedures and Protocols
- 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 below.
- 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 14-day period and monitor symptoms. This includes all family members.
- The CDC defines "close contact" as: Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 48 hours before illness onset.
- 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.
Student/Staff return to school procedure following symptoms (Updated November 2 to align with OCHD guidelines):
- 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 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 is met.