1/15 Message from Mr. McKay regarding change in quarantine procedures

Melissa Fullerton
By Melissa Fullerton January 15, 2021 17:00

Hello Governor Mifflin families,

I am writing to make you aware of updates to our district Health & Safety Plan, specifically regarding our quarantine procedures.

Please click here for a video message from Mr. McKay further explaining these changes.

Beginning Saturday, January 16, our district will follow updated CDC guidelines and reduce the required quarantine period to 10 days. IMPORTANT: Any student or staff member who has received a quarantine notice dated prior to January 16 and is currently completing that quarantine period, will continue to follow the 14-day quarantine guidance before returning to school. Only quarantine notices issued on or after January 16 will utilize the 10-day quarantine period.

Details regarding this change are as follows.

If a student or staff member tests positive

  • They will be required to quarantine for 10 days from the onset of CLEAR symptoms that are not explained by other illnesses.

OR

  • They will be required to quarantine for 10 days from the date the COVID-19 test sample is taken (for asymptomatic cases).

If any member of the household is pending a COVID-19 test due symptoms, the entire household must remain off campus until a test result is received.

  • If a positive test result is received, that information should be reported to our district COVID-19 hotline at 610-775-1461 x. 1113.
  • If a negative test result is received, individuals may return to school.

If students or staff members are exposed to someone who is a positive COVID-19 case (Close contacts of a case are considered to have been exposed to COVID-19 by being within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes while they were infectious.)

  • Students and staff must quarantine for 10 days beginning the day after exposure.
  • If an individual in the same household/property tests positive, the quarantine period begins the day after the positive case contagious period of 10 days. (10 days from positive case + 10 days quarantine = 20 days off campus)

If individuals in quarantine remain free of symptoms after 10 days, they may return to school, but will need to check in with the building nurse upon arrival on the first day back at school. There will be no negative test result needed to attend school after 10 days. However, it is imperative that the family/guardian continue to monitor symptoms and report any changes in condition immediately to the district COVID-19 hotline at 610-775-1461 x. 1113.


Travel Updates

The changes to the quarantine period also impact the current travel guidelines. Students and staff are still required to notify the district of travel plans in advance of travel and to honestly complete the daily health screening for symptoms and exposure daily.

When traveling outside of Pennsylvania (within the continental US)

  • Students age 11 and younger are not required to quarantine or take a COVID-19 test, if the individual is asymptomatic and has had no known exposure to the virus
  • Students over age 11 and all staff are required to quarantine for 10 days after arriving in PA

OR

When traveling to the Dominican Republic/Puerto Rico/internationally/non-continental US/or Level 3 and 4 travel locations

  • Students age 11 and younger are not required to quarantine or take a COVID-19 test, if the individual is asymptomatic and has had no known exposure to the virus
  • Students over age 11 and all staff are required to quarantine for 10 days after arriving in PA

OR

The District Health & Safety Plan has been updated to reflect these changes and can be accessed at any time on our COVID-19 Information Page at www.governormifflinsd.org/covid-19.

As a reminder, our staff is here as a resource and if you have any doubts about when to come to school, we ask that you err on the side of caution, stay home, and reach out with your questions. Our district COVID-19 hotline is confidential and monitored 24/7. Please do not hesitate to call that number or our district or school offices during business hours.

Each and every one of us should be proud of the fact that we have been able to have open schools so far throughout this school year. Let’s work together to finish our school year strong!

Sincerely,

Bill McKay
Superintendent
Governor Mifflin School District

Melissa Fullerton
By Melissa Fullerton January 15, 2021 17:00