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Watchung Hills Regional High School



Health and Safety Information

General Health & Safety Guidelines:

⇒ All staff and students will be encouraged to wash and sanitize their hands frequently.
⇒ Shared objects will be limited and cleaned between each use.
⇒ All students and staff are required to wear face coverings
⇒ If any staff member or student is feeling ill, please stay home.


1. What measures need to be in place to identify people that have COVID-19 but do not know it because they are asymptomatic?

Asymptomatic individuals do not have symptoms that can be identified without a test. Contact tracing is designed to identify those individuals without symptoms who may have been in contact with a person with COVID-19 and who should be quarantined for 14 days from last possible exposure prior to returning.

2. Should students, staff, or others who have been tested for COVID-19 
attend or visit school while they await test results?

Anyone who is sick should stay home from school. Anyone who suspects they are ill and received a COVID-19 test should not attend or visit school while awaiting test results.

3. What are the rules and procedures to clear an individual to return to school following a positive test result? Does a test need to come back negative?

A negative test is not necessary to return to school. Persons with COVID-19 who have symptoms and were directed to care for themselves at home may discontinue isolation under the following conditions:

- At least 10 days have passed since symptom onset, and
- At least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever reducing medications, and
- Other symptoms have improved

4. If a student who has been at school is identified as having COVID, does the entire class have to be quarantined for 14 days?

As provided in CDS guidance, if individuals have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, meaning they are within 6 feet of someone for at least 10 minutes, they should self-quarantine for 14 days from the date of last exposure before returning to school. In the case of a positive COVID test, local health departments, working in coordination with school districts, will conduct contact tracing to determine whether or not an individual has been in close contact with a student and advise any affected individuals, via trained contact tracers, to self-quarantine for 14 days. The local health department in coordination with the school will assess the specific circumstances of the individual with the positive test to determine those individuals that have been in close contact and need to self- quarantine- this may or may not include all students in the class.

5. Which entity should serve as a health and safety contact if school districts have questions about reopening?

The primary contact school districts should be the local health departments, which will use state level guidance to work with local officials upon school reopening. 

6. What if a staff member or student answers “yes” to COVID-19 daily screening form?

Students or staff members should stay home and follow procedures listed on the daily screening form.

7. What if a staff member or student has a temperature of 100.4 or higher at school?

The student or staff member will be sent home. If temperature appears during the school day after the initial entry screening student will be sent to an isolation room for screening and wait for someone to pick up the student.

8. What if my symptoms change overnight?

You should stay home. Call the health office for more information, if needed.


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