Good Question: What happens when a student tests positive for COVID-19?

Brennan Somers
Updated: July 28, 2020 11:52 AM
Created: July 28, 2020 04:52 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Our Good Question today, what happens to a student who tests positive?

It’s a main concern. What do you do when a case pops up inside a local school? Districts are mapping out their plans but still waiting on final guidance.

Let’s use the Penfield Central School District as an example.

If a student is confirmed to have COVID-19 at school, "they will immediately be sent to an isolation room that is separate from the nurse's office until their parents can pick them up.”

The local health department will help with tracing.

What about classmates? They may be okay, according to this FAQ page from Penfield CSD.

“Students wearing masks and practicing physical distancing during the school day may not be considered in close proximate contact to the person confirmed positive, but that will be a health department decision.”

Penfield's rules state students with a fever but don't get tested for COVID-19 will be out of school for 10 days and until fever-free for 72 hours.

If your child is sick without a fever, keep your student home and follow up with your doctor to see if they should be tested. You'll have to have a doctor's note clearing your student to go back to class.

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