Cubetta Kennedy – School Nurse
Parents should you have the need to test for Covid-19 please call the health department at (863)519-7911
- Clinic staff will wear personal protective equipment as appropriate when treating or screening individuals.
- Isolation areas will be established to separate symptomatic individuals from standard clinic operations. While face coverings are optional, individuals with symptoms will be required to wear face coverings in the isolation area.
- The CDC and the Florida Department of Health in Polk County recommend all eligible persons be vaccinated against COVID-19.
- The Pfizer vaccine is available to those ages 12 and up.
- Staff and students are considered fully vaccinated once two weeks have passed since their final vaccine dose.
- Free vaccinations can be obtained through various entities, such as pharmacies like CVS and Publix and the Florida Department of Health in Polk County. For more information, contact DOH-Polk’s Information Center at (863) 519-7911.
- PCPS will work closely with the Florida Department of Health in Polk County to notify school communities about a confirmed positive case.
- A schoolwide notification will be sent when a positive case impacts a campus.
- Individuals who have come into close contact exposure with a positive case (within six feet for 15 minutes or more) will also be notified by an automated telephone call.
- Individuals who have come into close contact exposure with a positive case will receive specific instructions on what to do next (quarantine, isolate, monitor their symptoms, etc.).
- Unvaccinated students or staff who are identified as a close contact to a positive case must quarantine from school for a minimum of 10 days from the last date of contact. They cannot test out of quarantine — meaning a negative test will not remove the quarantine period.
- Fully vaccinated students and staff will not be required to quarantine if they are identified as a close contact as long as they do not develop symptoms.
- Students or staff who have COVID-like symptoms should stay home. They may return when one of the following criteria is met:
- 10 days have passed, they are fever free for 24 hours without medication and symptoms are improving.
- Signed medical clearance is provided for the person.
- A person with no known exposure to someone with COVID has proof of a negative COVID test, is 24-hours fever-free without medications, and is symptom-free. (At-home tests are not accepted.)
- Students and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 must isolate at home for a minimum of 10 days. They may return to school after 10 days if they are fever free for 24 hours without medication and symptoms are improving. In addition, staff who test positive will require medical clearance to return.
- Students who are quarantined will be able to work while at home. Lessons and assignments will be posted online for students to complete at their own pace. The district continues to explore other learning options for students who are quarantined. However, at this time, PCPS is not offering synchronous classes — virtual classes where instructors and students simultaneously participate in online lessons together.
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Susan Gatto DOH RN