If it has been determined your child was in close contact with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19, you will be notified by email, and your child must quarantine for 14 days from the date of the last close contact with the individual before returning to school. The notification email will include start and end dates for the quarantine and more details regarding who to contact for questions about distance learning and pausing participation in athletics and extracurricular activities. 

Contact tracing is performed according to guidance from the Tulsa Health Department using methods appropriate for the age level of the positive student. Bishop Kelley has a team of trained contact tracers who utilize questioning of adults and students, seating charts, and any other relevant information.

During the 14-day quarantine period, the Tulsa Health Department and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) suggest your child should remain at home as much as possible. Your child should refrain from having contact with friends or attending any social gatherings.


Frequently Asked Questions
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What counts as close contact?

  • You were within 6 feet for 15 minutes (or longer) or had physical contact with someone who has COVID-19

  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19

  • You shared eating or drinking utensils with someone who has COVID-19

  • You were exposed to respiratory droplets of someone with COVID-19 (i.e. sneezed, coughed, or yelled in your presence)

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Am I still considered a close contact if I was wearing a mask?

 

Yes, you are still considered a close contact even if you were wearing a mask while you were around someone with COVID-19. Masks are meant to protect other people in case you are infected, and not to protect you from becoming infected. (CDC contact tracing FAQ)

Please take a moment to review the following questions and answers regarding quarantine.

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What is the purpose of quarantine?

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. (CDC quarantine guidance)

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How long is a quarantine period?

Health officials determine the length of a quarantine period. Generally, the quarantine period begins on the date of last close contact with a person who has COVID-19. The quarantine ends 14 days after the date of last close contact. A few exceptions to the 14 day quarantine:

  • If during a quarantine the person is in close contact with another person who gets sick with COVID-19, they will need to restart quarantine.

  • If the person in quarantine lives in a household where close contact with a person who has COVID-19 is unavoidable, the quarantine period begins on the date the person with COVID-19 ends home isolation and ends after 14 more days have passed.

(CDC quarantine guidance)

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What should parents/guardians do if their student is asked to quarantine?

Students asked to quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow any other directions from their doctor or the Tulsa Health Department. (CDC quarantine guidance)

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If a student is in quarantine, may the student’s siblings continue to attend school?

Yes. Current health recommendations do not require a “contact of a close contact”  (Person D) to quarantine. If the student in quarantine starts to have symptoms or tests positive, then health officials may require the sibling and/or other family members to quarantine. (CDC quarantine guidance)

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Can a student or staff member in quarantine return to school if they test negative for COVID-19 before the quarantine period is complete?

No. Students and/or staff must stay home for 14 days after their last contact with a person who has COVID-19 and continue to monitor their health. Even if a student tests negative, symptoms can appear for up to 14 days after exposure to the virus. (CDC quarantine guidance)

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Can a student or staff member in quarantine return to school before the quarantine period is complete if they have no symptoms?

 

No. Students and/or staff must stay home for 14 days after their last contact with a person who has COVID-19 and continue to monitor their health. Symptoms can appear for up to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Some students could contract the virus even if they have no symptoms so ending the quarantine early could expose others to the virus. (CDC quarantine guidance)

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If a student or staff member is waiting on COVID-19 test results, should they attend school?

No. Health officials recommend the person being tested and their household contacts should quarantine at home and away from others and monitor their health. Any student or staff member experiencing COVID symptoms should stay home. (CDC waiting for test results guidance)


***A student DOES NOT need to quarantine if they have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days. Proof of a positive test must be submitted. If the positive test occurred beyond 90 days from the date of close contact, the student must quarantine for 14 days.***


Learning During Quarantine

Bishop Kelley is committed to providing a high standard of instruction to those students in quarantine and to helping all students succeed during their time away from the classroom.

In extreme cases, it is possible for an entire classroom to be quarantined. If this occurs, the teacher and all students in the affected class will pivot to distance learning for instruction.