MASKS ARE REQUIRED THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 7, 2022

mask required week of feb 14 2022

The Hardin County, Kentucky COVID-19 incidence rate was 88.8 on Thursday, February 10, 2022 (see the Team Kentucky website by CLICKING HERE).

Per the procedures put in place on August 10, 2021 (see below), Hardin County Schools students, staff, and guests are required to wear masks inside buildings on district property for the week of February 14, 2022.

  • If the incidence rate for Hardin County is 50.0 or above after the daily rate is updated on Thursdays, all students and all staff will be required to wear masks while inside buildings on district property the entire next week.  If it is 49.9 or lower, masks are strongly encouraged but not required.

It is important to note that masks will continue to be required on school buses per a federal executive order.   

HCS encourages all stakeholders to view the mask status for subsequent weeks on the district website each Thursday.  

Effective, January 12, 2022, there are new HCS protocols that come from Kentucky Department of Education and Kentucky Department of Public Health guidance.  They are as follows:

  • The person who tested positive should self-isolate at home for five (5) days from the onset of symptoms (or from the test date if there are no symptoms).  Day 0 is the day of reported onset of symptoms or the date of the test (if no symptoms). 
  • The student or staff member may return to school/work on Day 6 if the symptoms have fully resolved (there is no fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications).  If a healthcare provider is currently treating the positive case, the student or staff members shall submit any “Return to Work/School” statements if available.
  • The student or staff member shall wear a well-fitting mask for an additional five days at school (days 6-10)
    • If the student or staff is unable to wear a mask, then they must self-isolate at home for the full ten days and return on Day 11.
  • If symptoms are continuing past Day 5, students and staff are not to return on Day 6.  They shall continue to self-isolate until symptoms are fully resolved (no fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications).  Isolate the full ten days and then return on Day 11. 
    • Notify school attendance clerk/office manager of anticipated return to school/work date to assist with homework collection/work duty assignments. 

Direct Contact of an “At School” Positive Case:

NOTE: All of the instructions below apply only where universal masking is in place and are regardless of vaccination status. 

  • Students/staff members are notified of exposure but do not have to quarantine if there are no symptoms. 
  • A staff member who is a direct contact or parents of a student who is a direct contact should…
    • Watch for any COVID-like symptoms to include fever, congestion, cough, loss of taste/smell, stomach issues, etc. 
    • Seek a COVID test on days 5-7 ~ recommended but not required.
      • COVID testing is available through the Healthy Kids Clinics at each school. Please notify the office, the child’s teacher or the school nurse to request a test.

Direct Contact of an “At-Home” Positive Case:

If a positive case has been identified in the household and the staff or student is identified as a direct contact:

  • A parent/staff member should report household exposure to the school.
  • If the direct contact reports that he/she is fully vaccinated (meaning not in need of a booster for ages 18 and up only), then no quarantine is required - only masking for ten days. 
  • If the direct contact is NOT fully vaccinated (to include any required boosters if over 18 years of age), then there are two options:
    • Option #1 - Participate in “Test to Stay” (see chart below). 
    • Option #2 - Quarantine at home AWAY from the positive case (see chart below). 

Test to Stay {Modified Quarantine}

Quarantine (at home)

Day 0 - {LAST DAY OF EXPOSURE TO POSITIVE CASE}

**No testing --- Allowed to stay at school 

Day 0 - {LAST DAY OF EXPOSURE TO POSITIVE CASE}

Day 1- Student/Staff Member tested - Go to school only if negative - wear mask

Day 1 - home in quarantine

Day 2- Student/Staff Member tested - Go to school only if negative - wear mask

Day 2 - home in quarantine

Day 3-Student/Staff Member tested - Go to school only if negative - wear mask

Day 3 - home in quarantine

Day 4- Student/Staff Member tested - Go to school only if negative - wear mask

Day 4 - home in quarantine

Day 5- Student/Staff Member tested - Go to school only if negative - wear mask

Day 5- home in quarantine

**(Special Note—If Day 5 falls on a weekend or day that school is not in session, then the individual will be tested the next day that school is in session)

 

Day 6 -10 - Continue to Wear Mask and self-monitor symptoms to include taking temperature

Day 6 - 10 - Return to School & Extracurricular Activities/ Wear a Mask/ Self-Monitor Symptoms to include taking temperature

IF SYMPTOMS BEGIN, THEN GET TESTED & STAY HOME UNTIL SYMPTOMS ARE IMPROVED & NO FEVER FOR 24 HOURS WITHOUT FEVER-REDUCING MEDICATION.

IF SYMPTOMS BEGIN, THEN GET TESTED & STAY HOME UNTIL SYMPTOMS ARE IMPROVED & NO FEVER FOR 24 HOURS WITHOUT FEVER-REDUCING MEDICATION.

 

 

 





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