Click here to view all of the information below in a PDF — COVID-19 Handbook Addendum

Your community commitment as parents

By signing the COVID-19 Authorization & Release/Health & Wellness Pledge, you agree to the following:

-Screen family for symptoms each morning using this document as a guide.
-Stay home if directed by health screening protocols outlined below.
-Maintain and promote personal hygiene.
-Wear a mask when possible.
-Maintain physical & social distance.

Should you send your child to school?

Yes, if:

-Your student and all members of your student’s household are not exhibiting any symptoms related to COVID-19, e.g., fever, fatigue, chills, cough, shortness of breath and sore throat, new loss of smell of taste, muscle aches, or gastrointestinal problems.
-Your student and all members of your student’s household have not had person-to-person contact with someone who has exhibited COVID-19 symptoms in the last 14 days.
-Your student and all members of your student’s household have not visited an area where there has been a significant outbreak of COVID-19 activity in the last 14 days.
-Your student and all members of your student’s household have not had a fever in excess of 100.4 degrees for at least 24 hour without the use of fever-reducing medication.
-Your student and all members of your student’s household have measured your temperature within at least 1 hour prior to the start of the school day.

No, if:

-Your student or any member of your student’s household have been exhibiting any symptoms related to COVID-19, e.g., fever, fatigue, chills, cough, shortness of breath and sore throat, new loss of smell of taste, muscle aches, or gastrointestinal problems.
-Your student or any members of your student’s household have had person-to-person contact with someone who has exhibited COVID-19 symptoms in the last 14 days.
-Your student or any member of your student’s household have visited an area where there has been a significant outbreak of COVID-19 activity in the last 14 days.
-Your student or any member of your student’s household have had a fever in excess of 100.4 degrees for at least 24 hour without the use of fever-reducing medication.
-Your student or any member of your student’s household have not measured their temperatures within at least 1 hour prior to the start of the school day.


Health Screening Protocols

If you experience close contact with someone who tested positive:

-Stay home and monitor health
-Contact the school and provide appropriate information
-If asymptomatic, complete 14 day quarantine and return to school
-If symptomatic, follow “EXPERIENCING COVID-19 SYMPTOMS” Protocol below

Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department.

What counts as close contact?

  • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you.

What is a secondary contact?

An individual who has had contact with someone identified as a Close Contact to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. A secondary contact is not required to quarantine.

For CDC information regarding quarantine and when to start and end quarantine see https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html

If you experience COVID-19 symptoms:

Temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by mouth;
Sore throat;
New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing
Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain; or
New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever;
New loss of taste or smell;

STAY AT HOME AND MONITOR HEALTH

(Seek medical care if experiencing emergency warning signs of COVID-19)

Symptoms without Close Contact/Potential ExposureSymptoms with Close Contact/Potential Exposure
○ Contact the school and provide appropriate information○ Contact the school and provide appropriate information
○ Enhanced disinfecting protocols implemented○ Enhanced disinfecting protocols implemented
○ Return to school when symptom free for 24 hours without fever reducing medications○ Seek an evaluation by a Healthcare Provider if symptoms are consistent with COVID-19 combined with Close Contact/Potential Exposure with a person with a confirmed COVID-19
 ○ Update the school with healthcare provider recommendations
 ○ Quarantine while awaiting results if COVID-19 testing is recommended
 ○ If NEGATIVE TEST RESULTS, return to school after completing 14 day quarantine and when symptom free for 24 hours without fever reducing medications
 ○ If POSITIVE TEST RESULTS, notify school immediately
 ○ CAC will contact ADH hotline (833-504-1055)
 ○ Contact tracing will be initiated
 ○ Return to school upon completion of 10 day quarantine and when symptom free for 24 hours without fever reduction

School response to positive COVID-19 case

Limited Response

Cases (infection and/or exposure) are confirmed within a campus but spread is limited. It may involve closing one classroom or one cohort to assess risk, clean, disinfect, contact trace, and/or test.  Quarantine is limited to specific students, staff members, groups, or teams. Return to school as soon as possible.

Moderate Response

Cases (infection and/or exposure) are confirmed within a campus with moderate but increasing levels of student and staff active cases, including evidence of linked cases within the school setting. A short term closure for the entire campus may be necessary to assess risk, clean, disinfect, contact trace, and/or test. Return to school as soon as possible.

Critical Response

Multiple cases are confirmed within a campus with substantial spread as determined by ADH. Staff and student infections significantly impacts delivery of on-campus instruction. An extended campus closure may be necessary as determined in collaboration with ADH.

Any decision about school dismissal or cancellation of school events will be made in coordination with local health officials. CAC does not make decisions about dismissals on our own. Initial short-term dismissal allows time for local health officials to gain a better understanding of the COVID-19 situation impacting the school and for staff to clean and disinfect affected areas. CAC will work with local health officials to determine appropriate next steps, including whether an extended dismissal duration is needed to stop or slow further spread of COVID-19. Our goal is to minimize disruption to on-campus learning.

Actions in response to positive COVID-19 case by role:

Student who tests positive

• The COVID Positive Student will be notified that he/she is not allowed to return to work or school until he/she has received a negative COVID-19 test and provides documentation by a health care provider that he/she is released to return to school or work.
• Effective immediately, the classroom, office, or other area(s) at which the COVID Positive Student attended will be closed for disinfection and cleaning.
• The COVID Positive Student will be consulted to determine, within the last
fourteen (14) days, which employees/students were within six (6) feet of the COVID Positive Student for at least fifteen (15) minutes starting from two (2) days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic individuals, two (2) days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the COVID Positive Student is isolated (hereinafter referred to as “Close Contacts”).
• CAC will notify Close Contacts. The name of the COVID Positive Student will not be disclosed by CAC without consent of the employee/student.
• Notify all CAC employees in the relevant campus that a student or a
member of student’s household has tested positive for COVID-19. The name of the COVID Positive Student will not be disclosed by CAC without prior
consent.

Employee who tests positive

• The COVID Positive Employee will be notified that he/she is not allowed to return to work or school until he/she has received a negative COVID-19 test and provides documentation by a health care provider that he/she is released to return to school or work.
• Effective immediately, the classroom, office, or other area(s) at which the COVID Positive Employee worked or attended will be closed for disinfection and cleaning.
• The COVID Positive Employee will be consulted to determine, within the last fourteen (14) days, which employees/students were within six (6) feet of the COVID Positive Employee for at least fifteen (15) minutes starting from two (2) days before illness
onset (or, for asymptomatic individuals, two (2) days prior to positive specimen collection)
until the time the COVID Positive Employee is isolated (hereinafter referred to as “Close Contacts”).
• CAC will notify Close Contacts. The name of the COVID Positive
Employee will not be disclosed by CAC without consent of the employee/student.
• Notify all CAC employees in the relevant campus that an employee or a
member of employee’s household has tested positive for COVID-19. The name of the COVID Positive Employee will not be disclosed by CAC without prior consent.

Household member who tests positive

Students or staff within a family would be designated as a “close contact” and are required to quarantine per CDC guidelines. Students or staff who interacted with their “close contact” classmate/student are considered secondary contacts and are not required to quarantine.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Answers current as of 8/18/2020

Are students and staff required to quarantine before returning to school if they have traveled to an area designated as a “hot spot” by ADH?

CAC adheres to all ADH Quarantine Orders for staff and students. Currently there are NO quarantine requirements for travelers entering Arkansas based on the location of their travel. Please check for ADH Executive Quarantine Orders before future travel to areas that may be considered “hot spots.”

*Please note absences during the school year are designated as excused or unexcused per school policy as outlined in the Student Handbook.

Does the school screen for COVID-19 symptoms?

Preschool – DHS requires symptom and temperature screening of all preschool students and staff prior to entering the school building. 

K-12 – Effective July 23, 2020, CDC does not currently recommend universal symptom screenings (screening all students K-12) be conducted by schools. Daily before school at home screening is required of all students and staff.

What happens if a student displays symptoms of infectious illness while at school?

Students who develop any COVID-19 symptoms while at school will be placed in isolation per CDC guidelines until they go home or to a healthcare facility. Parents should be prepared to immediately pick their child up from school.

May students attend on-campus instruction if they display COVID-19 symptoms as a result of a non-infectious medical condition?

Yes. Families must provide the school with a physician’s statement documenting the condition.

Is everyone in a “cohort” required to quarantine if one person in the cohort contracts COVID-19?

Any person who meets the definition of “close contact” with a COVID-19 positive individual will be required to quarantine. We have implemented multiple mitigation strategies to reduce close contact between students and staff (e.g. classroom reconfiguration to meet physical distancing guidelines, limited student movement, installation of physical barriers when feasible and appropriate). Strict adherence to mitigation strategies may reduce the number of close contacts within a cohort.  Quarantine decisions will be made in consultation with ADH.

What are school protocols when a parent or other family member tests positive for COVID-19?

Students or staff within that family would be designated as a “close contact” and are required to quarantine per CDC guidelines. Students or staff who interacted with their “close contact” classmate/student are considered secondary contacts and are not required to quarantine.