Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about COVID Safety Protocols

  • Q: What happens if an employee tests positive for the virus?
    A: If an employee tests positive for COVID-19, we ask that it be reported through the district’s Let’s Talk page. We ask that the COVID positive individual isolate immediately. A member of the district’s contact tracing team will call the individual to obtain information and discuss next steps. The team will also contact any employee close contacts and will forward any student close contact information to the student contact tracing team. The contact tracing team will provide possible quarantine instructions for those close contacts. Details of the case and the list of those exposed will be referred to the Riverside County Department of Public Health which may conduct further contact tracing.

    Q: What is a “close contact” to a case and what does it mean to be a close contact?
    A: An individual has had a close contact if they were within six feet of a COVID-19 case for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or greater in any 24-hour period within or overlapping with the “high risk exposure period.” If you are a close contact of a known positive case, the contact tracing team will contact you to provide you with the latest quarantine and isolation guidelines.


    Q: What is the “high risk exposure period”?
    A: For COVID-19 cases who develop COVID-19 symptoms, from two days before they first develop symptoms until 10 days after symptoms first appeared, and 24 hours have passed with no fever, without the use of fever-reducing medications, and symptoms have improved. For persons who test positive but never develop COVID-19 symptoms, from two days before until ten days after the specimen for their first positive test for COVID-19 was collected.

    Q: What isolation instructions will be given if an employee tests positive?
    A: If a staff member tests positive the following instructions will be given:

    • Stay home until at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, there is no fever for at least 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication), and symptoms have improved. 
    • After completing the isolation period and if the above additional requirements are met, employees can return to work.
    • If a staff member tests positive, but does not have symptoms, that individual still must stay home for 10 days after the speciman collection for their first positive test result. After completing the isolation period and if no symptoms develop, the employees can return to work.

    It is recommended that employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 and completed their isolation period should not take another COVID-19 test for 90 days unless there is a known exposure and symptomatic. An individual who has recovered from COVID-19 may have low levels of virus in their bodies for up to 3 months and may continue to test positive although they are not contagious. After completing the isolation period, having no fever for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medicaiton), and symptoms improvement, an employee can return to work. Please report any known close contacts to Let's Talk regardless of your vaccination status.

    Q: Does an employee who tested positive need to take another test before returning to work or school?
    A: It is recommended that employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 and completed their isolation period should not take another COVID-19 test for 90 days because of the possibility of a false-positive result. An individual who has recovered from COVID-19 may have low levels of virus in their bodies for up to 3 months and may continue to test positive although they are not contagious. After completing the isolation period, having no fever for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medicaiton), and symptoms improvement, an employee can return to work.

    More information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is available here.

    Q: What is the quarantine policy staff considered a "close contact" to someone who tested positive for the virus?
    A: All quarantine situations are unique. Staff who are considered “close contacts” to a positive case (within six feet for a total of 15 cumulative minutes or more over a 24 hour period within or overlapping with the “high risk exposure period) will receive different quarantine guidelines depending on their vaccination status, potential symptoms, and recent recovery from a confirmed case of COVID.

    Fully vaccinated staff who are identified as a close contact and are asymptomatic will not be required to quarantine, but should test after the 5th day of exposure, as a precaution. Unvaccinated staff who are identified as close contacts must quarantine even if they are asymptomatic. All close contacts should monitor symptoms through day 14.


    Q: What should staff do if they realize they may have been in close contact with someone who tested COVID-19 positive? 
    A: If an employee believes they have been in close contact to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, we ask that it be reported through the district’s Let’s Talk page. A member of the district’s contact tracing team will call the individual to obtain information and discuss next steps.

    Q: What if an employees has been exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual and is now symptomatic? 
    A: If an employee was exposed to a COVID-19 individual and is now symptomatic, we ask that it be reported through the district’s Let’s Talk page. A member of the district’s contact tracing team will call the individual to obtain information and discuss next steps.


    Q: What if an employee has no known exposure to a COVID-19 positive individual but is symptomatic? 
    A: If an employee knows of no known contact to a COVID-19 individual and is now symptomatic, we ask that it be reported through the district’s Let’s Talk page. A member of the district’s contact tracing team will call the individual to obtain information and discuss next steps.

     

    Updated 8/31/21