According to the Louisiana Department of Health, students should stay home from in-person school if they have symptoms of COVID-19. This reduces the risk of transmission and the potential for classroom quarantines. Testing is currently recommended for students with 1 symptom.
Symptoms are cough, shortness of breath, new changes in sense of smell and taste, fever, chills, rigors, muscle ache/myalgia, sore throat, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea runny nose, or fatigue.
Morris Jeff is adhering to the LDH guidance in the COVID-19 Screening Decision Tree for K-12 and Daycare to determine quarantine periods. This guidance allows for quarantine periods of 10 or 7 days. We are making this transition to a shorter quarantine period because we are implementing weekly COVID testing at each school campus. Our goal is to keep our students in school safely.
Students who are considered positive cases will be required to quarantine for 10 days of test date or the date of symptom onset. Nurses will communicate these timeframes to families that are identified.
Close contacts that are vaccinated individuals (students or staff) are NOT required to quarantine if they are exposed to COVID as long as they remain asymptomatic. Morris Jeff strongly advises that close contacts get tested both initially and 5 days later. Families can send test results to the campus nurse. If symptoms develop, the individual should quarantine and seek testing.
Close contacts that are unvaccinated remain required to quarantine for a full 10 days from exposure. Morris Jeff strongly advises that close contacts get tested both initially and 5 days later. Symptomatic individuals/suspected positive individuals that are unvaccinated do not produce a negative test within 48 hours of symptom onset will also need to quarantine for 10 days.
Note: Please keep in mind that not all Morris Jeff families have access to rapid testing sites due to cost, language barriers, transportation issues, and other reasons. We appreciate your fluidity and understanding regarding this.
Please report any symptoms and/or test results to the school nurse:
Students who are absent from school with symptoms will need a doctor’s note or a negative test to return to in-person learning.