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COVID-19 Info for Students

Florida Department of Health in Monroe County

You Tested Positive, Now What?
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With the increase of COVID-19 in our community, DOH-Monroe would like to send out a few reminders on current CDC guidelines and a list of resources all in one location, as well as more information on school resources and COVID protocols.

Public School Specific Resources for COVID-19

  • The Monroe County School District COVID-19 Dashboard is updated daily and can be viewed here.

  • The Monroe County School District COVID-19 Procedures and Protocols can be found here.

  • The Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines for Students in Public Schools can be found here. The guidance included in this document are based off of Emergency Rule 64DER21-12, which can be found here.

  • Per this Emergency Rule “protocol for students with exposure to COVID-19 who are known to have been in direct contact with an individual who received a positive diagnostic test for COVID-19 should not attend school, school-sponsored activities, or be on school property” until certain guidelines are met.

  • Do NOT return to school if you are experiencing COVID-19 like illness OR awaiting a PCR test result.

  • Due to the increase of COVID-19 in our community many are purchasing over the counter home test kits for rapid identification of COVID-19 if they are having symptoms. Things to do if you have a positive home test/or is reported to you as a provider:

    • Seek addition testing thru one of the community based testing sites, a list can be found here.

    • Report this information to your child’s school nurse, or the school if no nurse is on campus. If you have a copy of your home test result via an app please email it to and email a copy to your child’s school nurse.

    • Contact information for school nurses for Monroe County School District can be found here. Please scroll to the bottom and select detailed staff directory for more information.

    • Please know that contract tracing cannot happen at the school level WITHOUT a diagnostic test. For a home test to be considered diagnostic it must be verified by:

      • The provider, and reported to the local health department if they can confirm the positive test result belongs to the patient.

      • Collected at home and sent to a laboratory. The lab will then report the results to the local health department.

      • Results submitted by the parent to a mobile app (Some companies have this app feature such as Ellume which can be purchased at CVS. Test kits like Abbott Binax do not have this feature)

    • If an individual with a diagnostic test for COVID-19 is then exposed to a positive individual after they have already isolated for 10 days they would not need to quarantine with the new exposure if within 90 days. It is important to obtain a test result on your child when they initially feel sick, to avoid unnecessary quarantines with later exposures.

Additional Resources

  • Please click here COVID-19 FAQs 09.01.2021 for more guidance on those who test positive or are exposed to COVID-19 for help determining isolation/quarantine lengths.

  • For a copy of known community testing locations please click here.

  • Please click here for the press release from the Florida Department of Health in Monroe County regarding, “Health Department Urges those with Symptoms to Stay Home.

  • Weekly COVID-19 reports are published by Florida Department of Health every Friday and can be accessed here.