LCS has employed health professionals to work with and at the school this coming year to oversee the health of our students and coordinate with the health department.

We will use the following matrix, based on guidelines provided by the CDC and State of Michigan public policy, to make decisions that support the health of our entire community.

If a student or staff member has principal symptoms** of COVID-19, LCS strongly recommends testing to expedite a return to school and for containment of the virus.

Regular Sick Policy

Students or staff members must stay home when sick. If a student is sick, normal absentee policy will apply. Remote learning is available if a student is able to do school work with appropriate notice to teachers. Students or staff members who are sick for non-COVID-19 reasons or are sick and have received a negative COVID-19 test result must be symptom free for 24-48 hours without the use of medication before they return to school.

COVID-19 Symptomatic, Untested

Students or staff who display principal symptoms** of COVID-19 must remain at home until all of the following conditions have been met:

  • 24-48 hours have passed since the resolution of fever (without the use of fever-reducing medication)
  • A minimum of 10 days have passed since their first symptoms AND any other symptoms have improved.

If the student or staff chooses to test for COVID-19, they may return to school if they receive a negative result and adhere to regular sick policy. If a positive result is received, go to the section referred to as COVID-19 Symptomatic, Tested Positive. If the principal symptoms are due to other known medical or physical conditions, please obtain documentation of the condition in the event the school determines it is needed.

Household Members and Close Contact with Someone Who Has Principal Symptoms

Students or staff who have had close contact* with an individual who displays principal symptoms of COVID-19 must remain at home until 14 days has passed since last close contact* with the person unless the symptomatic individual receives a negative COVID-19 test result or is determined to have another documented medical or physical condition.

COVID-19 Symptomatic, Tested Positive

The student or staff member AND all household members of the student or staff member are immediately excluded from school. A student or staff member may return to campus when ALL of the following conditions have been met:

  • 24-48 hours with no fever (without the use of fever reducing medication).
  • Respiratory symptoms have improved (e.g. persistent cough, shortness of breath).
  • 10 days since symptoms first appeared.
  • Negative Test Result (at the school’s discretion).

Students or staff members who plan to return after recovering from COVID-19 must call their Principal at least one day in advance to request permission to return.

Household members and close contacts* of the quarantined student or staff member are excluded from school for 14 days after their last date of close contact* with the COVID-19 positive individual.

Asymptomatic, Tested Positive for COVID-19

A student or staff member may return to school when all of the following conditions have been met:

  • Ten days have elapsed since COVID-19 test came back positive.
  • Must be symptom free for 24-48 hours without the use of medications.
  • Negative Test Result (at the school’s discretion).

Students or staff members who plan to return after recovering from COVID-19 must call their Principal at least one day in advance to request permission to return.

Household members and close contacts* of the quarantined student or staff member are excluded from school for 14 days after their last date of close contact* with the COVID-19 positive individual.

Household Members and Close Contact with Someone Who Tested Positive for COVID-19

The student or staff member who had close contact* with a person who tested positive must quarantine for 14 days since the last date of close contact* with the person who tested positive.

If the exposed student or staff member does not exhibit symptoms, the household members, classmates, and teachers of the exposed student or staff member may continue to attend school and should monitor for symptoms. If symptoms develop, they should call their medical provider to be tested for COVID-19 and follow the instructions for COVID-19 Symptomatic, Untested until test results are verified.

If a Student or Staff Member Becomes Symptomatic While at School

If a student demonstrates principal symptoms while on campus, they will be escorted to a designated room that will be staffed until a parent or guardian can pick that student up. High School students that can drive will be sent home. All of the students or staff member’s household members will also be sent home.

The teacher will take the remaining students in the cohort to another learning space until the classroom can be appropriately disinfected.

Student or Staff Member Tests Positive for COVID-19

School staff are not allowed by state and federal regulations to communicate specific information about the health status of individual students. We will report any positive cases to the Ingham County Health Department, and they will initiate contact tracing, communicate with the individuals connected, and help the school determine if further action is required.

If a student, teacher, or whole cohort is exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19 at school, LCS will determine a plan in conjunction with the Ingham County Health Department.

Close contact means:

  • Close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case is defined as being within 6 feet of a person who has tested positive for at least 15 minutes with or without a mask.
  • Household members are always considered close contacts.

**Principal symptoms/symptomatic means:

  • Any one of the following that is not explained by a known medical or physical condition: fever, uncontrolled cough, or shortness of breath.
  • OR at least two of the following not explained by a known medical or physical condition: loss of taste or smell, muscle/body aches, sore throat, severe headache, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, nausea.

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