Many schools that have not yet returned to in-person learning are beginning to make the transition. One important thing to consider as your school plans to reopen, a plan for contact tracing is crucial for slowing the spread in your school and community.
Contact tracing is the process of telling someone they may have been exposed to COVID-19 and to monitor their health for symptoms. It also involves asking people to self-quarantine if they were in close contact with an infected person.
It’s important to note that the CDC guidelines for social distancing and the definition of “close contact,” have changed since August.
The CDC recently updated the definition of who is considered a “close contact” of someone with COVID-19. The new definition includes anyone who was within six feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes over the course of 24 hours. Previously, a close contact was someone who was within six feet for 15 minutes consecutively.
Under the new standards, any student or staff member who comes into contact with an infected person for a total of 15 minutes throughout one school day should stay home and isolate themselves for 14 days.
This new definition poses a bigger challenge to schools: identifying whom an infected person has come into contact with in the past 24 hours. That’s where a health screening solution like LINQ Rapid Health Screener can help.
An online health screening solution allows parents and guardians to report symptoms from home before their student leaves for school. They don’t have to rely on younger students to accurately identify their symptoms.
When the health screening system detects a positive case or fever, it automatically notifies staff so contact tracing can begin.
Cross-reference your health screening reports with your student information system (SIS) to quickly narrow down an infected person’s close contacts. Your SIS holds key information that helps you to uncover who was near an infected student.
Your SIS reveals valuable contact tracing information like:
Follow your district’s procedures once potential close contacts are identified, notifying students and staff about monitoring their symptoms or recommending self-quarantine.
Reopening your school during a pandemic is overwhelming. But you can be confident that you’re keeping everyone safe with the right mitigation tools and processes in place.
A health screening software like LINQ Rapid Health Screener could save your district time and resources during contact tracing. Most importantly: it helps keep your families and staff healthy and safe.
Start screening your students and staff in as little as two weeks!
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