After consulting with our medical advisors, the district is updating its contact tracing procedures for students in the classroom setting.
The new procedures are in line with the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and reduce the number of students who are directed to stay home from school.
A student who was within six feet of someone with COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes is considered a close contact and will be directed to stay home UNLESS:
- The student is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and has no symptoms.
- The student has recovered from COVID-19 in the last three months and has no symptoms.
Under the new guidelines, a student who was within three to six feet of a student with COVID-19 in a classroom setting is NOT considered a close contact and will NOT be directed to stay at home if BOTH students were wearing masks the entire time.
The new guidelines apply ONLY to students who have contact with another student who has COVID. They do NOT apply if either the person with COVID or the contact is an adult. They also do not apply if students have symptoms. Any student with symptoms or who is waiting for COVID test results should remain at home.
This update adopts the most recent definition of close contact from the CDC, which continues to recommend masking as part of an overall plan to reduce the spread of COVID in schools.
More information about our COVID safety protocols is available on our website at www.sbac.edu/COVID19. Thank you for helping us prevent the spread of the virus among students and staff.