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What happens when there’s a positive case at KS?

Notification

Please notify your school if your child tested positive for COVID-19 or was in close contact with someone who has tested positive.


 


COVID-19 Response Team (CRT)

If your child tests positive or was exposed, your school administrator will contact the CRT immediately. The CRT is comprised of representatives from KS' Health Services, Enterprise Safety, Legal, HR and Facilities (COVID19Help@ksbe.edu) which are all John Hopkins certified contact tracers. The CRT will partner with the Hawai‘i Department of Health (HDOH) and direct actions to ensure KS' response follows all CDC Guidelines. These will include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Interviewing the parent/student or staff member that has tested positive or been exposed to determine if there are close contacts that should be notified to quarantine or remain at home.
  • Notifying parents of close contacts of a positive individual as soon as possible (generally within hours) and providing quarantine instructions.
  • Ensuring areas will be closed until appropriate cleaning and disinfecting is complete.
  • Clearing both individuals that have tested positive (doctor's note or HIDOH Clearance Letter required) and those who are required to quarantine prior to their return onsite.
  • Maintaining confidentiality

 

Close contact

Through the COVID-19 Response Team (CRT), KS has a robust process to identify and notify close contacts of a case at KS. The CRT considers the nature of the exposure of a close contact to the case, time since exposure to the case, the close contacts having any symptoms, and when the close contact last had close contact with students or employees. Close contacts to a confirmed case at KS are typically notified the same day that KS is informed of the case.

The CDC defines “close contact” as a person that has been within 6 feet of an infected individual for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period or has been directly exposed (e.g. being coughed on) to someone who tests positive. Close contacts can also be nearby contacts more than 6 feet away but in the same room for an extended period. The determination of close contact should be made regardless of whether the person with COVID-19 or the contact was wearing a mask. The close contact's potential exposure period begins 48 hours prior to the start of the confirmed case's symptoms, or if they are asymptomatic, from the date their test specimen was collected.

The CDC recommends testing close contacts upon being identified as a close contact, and the CRT will recommend that close contacts get tested. A negative PCR test at that time indicates that the risk of spreading infection prior to entering quarantine is low. Close contacts should quarantine for ten days from the last exposure with the confirmed case.  While the CDC states that testing negative after seven days of quarantine may be an option for ending quarantine, the Hawai’i Department of Health requires 10 days, which is a decrease from the previous 14 days. See CDC information on quarantine. The CDC does not recommend testing individuals at the end of their quarantine period if they remain asymptomatic.

Regarding contacts of contacts, the CDC states, “You do not need to self-quarantine unless you develop symptoms or if the person identified as a close contact develops COVID-19.” However, KS, out of an abundance of caution, asks household members who have ongoing exposure with a close contact in quarantine to remain home. Should KS be notified that someone in quarantine developed COVID-19, the CRT will assess if there was any potential exposure to others at KS and take appropriate action. The incubation period for the virus ranges 2-14 days with a mean of 5 days, and a person who becomes symptomatic with COVID-19 can potentially spread infection up to 48 hours prior to the onset of symptoms. This means that a close contact who develops symptoms on day 3 or later of quarantine would not have posed any risk regarding any contact the occurred prior to entering quarantine.

Preventive measures are very important for reducing the risk that a close contact gets infected. Please continue to diligently follow the recommended preventive measures, including staying home if you have any symptoms of illness. Please also carefully and truthfully complete the wellness check each time prior to coming onto a KS site.


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Honolulu, HI 96813
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Kea‘au, HI 96749
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Honolulu, HI 96817
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