Reporting COVID-19 Exposures and Positive Test Results
Parents are asked to report any COVID-19 exposures, quarantines within the home, and positive test results to the school principal.
The CDC recommends avoiding all non-essential travel and both the CDC and SC DHEC asks persons returning from international travel within the past 14 days to monitor their health, stay home as much as possible and wear a mask while in public. Staff and students can return to school after U.S. or international travel provided they have not been knowingly exposed to COVID-19 and do not have symptoms of illness, in addition to adhering to all precautionary measures in place at the school.
Parents are strongly encouraged to screen their students daily, at home, for COVID-19 symptoms (see below). If a student takes a COVID-19 test because he/she is symptomatic, the student should not be physically present in school until the test results are returned.
Keep students at home if they present with any of the following symptoms:
GCS will follow DHEC guidelines regarding the notification of families when COVID-19 cases are present in schools. Under current guidelines, anytime a student or staff member in any GCS school receives a positive test for COVID-19, a notice will be placed on the GCS website, alerting the school and community. Additionally, parents will receive a personal phone call if the positive case was in their child’s classroom or part of another school group to which their child is connected. Please note the importance of social distancing.
Per DHEC regulations, any staff or student identified as having spent 15 minutes or more within six feet of a positive case are considered close contacts and will be excluded from school for a minimum of 14 days. Students and staff who were not close contacts will be allowed to remain at school. We will be sure and let you know if these notification requirements change. Additional information is available on the GCS Parent Resource webpage.
The following guidance is intended to help parents know when to exclude students who have symptoms or have a diagnosis of COVID-19 from school and when these individuals can return to school.
Please contact your school to report COVID concerns. They will use the latest DHEC guidelines to determine if and for how long your child must be excluded from school.
Students and staff with symptoms of COVID-19 should be excluded from school if they have any one of the following with or without fever:
COVID-19 Exclusion Guidance for Schools (Page 14 of Connected Newsletter)