Information regarding the operations of the Columbia School District will be forthcoming. This situation remains fluid, and we ask for your patience as we work to respond to the ever-changing events. Please remember that all official notifications regarding school closure will come from the Office of the Superintendent.
January 2021 Updated Procedures:
- We will no longer send students/staff home due to exposure to symptoms.
- We will continue to send home individual students/staff with 2 or more symptoms. In order for them to return they have to meet the following guidelines:
- 48 hours fever/symptom free, and
- A negative RT-PCR (Panel) within 3 days of returning to school/work. A rapid test will NOT be accepted
- Or, a release from a doctor to return to work/school
- Or, quarantine for 14 days.
- We will continue to contact trace those who may have been exposed through close contact with a positive case. They will have to quarantine following these new guidelines:
- Individuals can quarantine for 14 days Or,
- If they choose to return after 10 days they will have to take a RT-PCR (Panel) with negative results. The test will have to be given within 3 days of the date they will return to work.
- Ex: You are exposed on Thursday. You will quarantine immediately, take a RT-PCR (Panel) 7-9 days later (the following Thursday, Friday or Saturday) and if it is negative you may return on Monday.
- You MUST quarantine a minimum of 10 days, returning on day 11 only with a NEGATIVE RT-PCR (Panel) test.
- Please keep in mind that a panel test takes 2-3 days to get results.
Exception to Quarantine for Exposure:
If an individual can produce a positive test in the last three months, they do not have to quarantine after being exposed to a positive case. They will still have to follow the guidelines if they are experiencing 2 or more symptoms or if they receive a positive test.
- The person may return 10 days from the date of the test. We will no longer use the date of symptoms as the beginning of the quarantine.
Practice These Preventative Measures:
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible.
Stay home if you are sick.
Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands; germs spread this way.
Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Practice social distancing, which the CDC defines as remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet) from others when possible.