COVID-19 Info for Students
Florida Department of Health in Monroe County
- (305) 293-7500
P.O. Box 6193
Key West, FL
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 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. 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.
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.