CULLMAN COUNTY, Ala. – Positive diagnosis of student or staff: Per ADPH guidelines, positives must stay home for five days (previously 10) following the onset of symptoms or the positive test result. The student or staff member may return on day six if the following two conditions are met:
- Symptom improvement, which includes the absence of a fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.
- A mask WILL be required on days 6-10.
If a student or staff member cannot meet both conditions, a 10-day home isolation period will be required.
Close contact: someone who was within six feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period, starting from two days before the infected person had symptoms OR if no symptoms, two days before the positive specimen collection date.
- Once a student is determined to be a close contact, the parent or guardian will be notified.
- If close contact is properly masked, it is not necessary to send the close-contact home, if they are asymptomatic.
- Close contacts that are fully vaccinated will not be sent home if they are asymptomatic.
- Close contacts that had a positive test in the past three months will not be sent home if they are asymptomatic.
- The identified close contact will be sent home for five days after the last exposure.
- If a student remains symptom free, they may return on day six and should wear a mask through day 10.
Mask and facial coverings: Masks and facial coverings are strongly recommended while indoors; however, they will not be required at this time. Masks will be required for everyone while on school buses to comply with the Federal CDC order.
Self-Assessment: Parents need to screen their children at home for signs or symptoms of any illness. A child with a temperature that is greater than 100 degrees or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 must stay at home.