WS/FCS COVID-19 Recommendations
The federal COVID-19 public health emergency ended on May 11, 2023. With this declaration and the guidance from our local health department, it was determined that COVID-19 is not a reportable public health disease as of May 11. This means that positive COVID-19 cases will no longer need to be reported to our local health department. This change also means all CDC and DHHS COVID-19 guidance on isolation and symptoms are now just recommendations that we can give parents, students, and staff. They are NOT requirements anymore. Starting June 12, 2023, we will use the following guidelines from the CDC.
Staying Home When Sick
- People who have symptoms of respiratory or gastrointestinal infections, such as: cough, fever, sore throat, vomiting, or diarrhea, should stay home.
- Testing is recommended for people with symptoms of COVID-19 as soon as possible after symptoms begin. If a person with COVID-19 symptoms tests negative for COVID-19, they should consider getting tested for other respiratory illnesses that could be spread to others, such as flu.
- For more information on staying home when sick with COVID-19, including recommendations for isolation and mask use for people who test positive or who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, see Isolation and Precautions for People with COVID-19.
- If you test positive for COVID-19, stay home for at least 5 days and isolate yourself from others in your home.
- If you have symptoms, day 0 is the day your symptoms started.
- If you are asymptomatic, day 0 is the day you test positive.
- Wear a mask if you have to be around others during your isolation period.
- Learn more about what to do if you have COVID-19.
*Information obtained from the CDC website. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html