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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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On behalf of the Superintendent:

Monroe County School District will continue to remain in compliance with the most recent Emergency Rule issued by the State of Florida Surgeon General.  We will not be following the CDC guidance, as the Emergency Rule supersedes all county and CDC guidelines.  Masks are strongly encouraged for all students and staff. Our school policies for students and staff remain in place and can be found on the MCSD website. 

Students

Staff

 

Visitors to our campuses are expected to be in compliance with the guidance issued by the health department and wear masks in district buildings and indoor sporting events.

 

The protocols are included here for quick reference:

Students:

  1. If exposed to a positive individual, can continue to go to school as long as there are NO symptoms or may opt to quarantine for up to 7 days.
  2. If positive:
    1. Out for 10 days and can return as long as symptoms are improving and fever free for 24 hours without the use of medications. OR
    2.  Return at any time with negative lab test and NO symptoms. OR
    3. Return with note by an approved medical provider clearing them to return.

Staff:

  1. If exposed to a positive individual, can continue to go to school as long as there are NO symptoms or may opt to quarantine for up to 10 days.
  2. If positive:
    1. Out for 10 days and can return as long as symptoms are improving and fever free for 24 hours without the use of medications.  May reach out to principal for consideration to return sooner.

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.

  • 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 additional 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 MonroeCOVID@flhealth.gov 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) or Binax Now (provided while quantities last by the school). Test kits like Abbott Binax do not have this feature).

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Additional Resources

  • For a copy of known community testing locations please click here.
  • Weekly COVID-19 reports are published by Florida Department of Health every Friday and can be accessed here.