Response to a Positive COVID-19 Case
The protocol for positive COVID-19 cases has not changed. Families of students who have tested positive for COVID-19 should keep their child at home, contact the attendance office and email the school nurse for instructions. Individuals who have tested positive should refer to the CCHD website for isolation guidelines and contact their healthcare provider if needed.
School districts are no longer authorized by the CCHD to provide quarantine letters to close contacts to positive cases. As a result, all County school districts have been directed to discontinue contact tracing. This means that UCFSD nurses and administrators will no longer be contacting families of students who are considered close contacts to positive COVID-19 cases in classrooms, common areas or on school buses. With the current level of community spread, the CCHD has stated that universal contact tracing is an increasingly less effective and practical tool to disrupt the spread of infection throughout Chester County.
Going forward, if you learn that your child has been a close contact to a positive case, please follow the CCHD’s quarantine guidelines and consult with your family’s healthcare provider as needed. In an effort to share information on positive COVID-19 cases in our schools, UCFSD will continue to post cases that have been reported to us on the UCFSD COVID-19 Dashboard.
All Other COVID-19 Mitigation Practices Remain in Place
To maximize the opportunities for in-person instruction, the CCHD and UCFSD continue to emphasize layered mitigation strategies, including:
Symptom Screening. It is important that families continue to screen their children before sending them to school. If your child is ill or has any COVID-19 symptoms, they should stay home from school.
Masking. Face coverings continue to be required while inside buildings, regardless of vaccination status due to the current level of community spread. See the UCFSD masking policy in our Health and Safety Plan for more specific information.
Rapid Testing for UCFSD Students and Staff Who Are Symptomatic or Who Are Exiting Quarantine on Day 5. While supplies remain, we will continue to offer rapid antigen testing at the ticket booth of the UHS stadium. Please complete the antigen testing consent form prior to testing, and create a QR code using the instructions on our testing information website.
The School Board will discuss the District’s current Health and Safety Plan at its Work Session on February 14, 2022 and vote on any changes to the Health and Safety Plan at the February 28, 2022 regular meeting at 7:30 PM.