COVID Quarantine, Contact Tracing at LHS

And How It All Works

Taran Joshi, Staff Reporter

Because of the return to in person school COVID-19 quarantine regulations have been put in place to ensure a way to contain outbreaks of the virus and ways to trace it.

The first step is contact tracing to find the possible cause of the exposure and who else may be affected. The district has a set of several questions to help grasp the situation of the exposure better and they come to the teachers with these questions as the teachers have the best possible picture of their class and how an outbreak occurred. 

“I ask the teachers several questions some of which include, was the student wearing a mask, was the student socially distanced at least 3 feet, and were they in close contact with another person for fifteen minutes or more.” said Desiree Fisher, Principal at LHS. 

The process of contact tracing helps to determine the possible extent of the outbreak and if any of the students or staff in the area of the COVID positive student may have been exposed themselves.

After contact tracing has taken place the next step in ensuring a safe environment to contain the spread of COVID-19 is to quarantine. Quarantine rules dictate that if you were within 3 feet of the student who tested positive and you are unvaccinated you will be required to quarantine for 14 days. 

Vaccinated students and staff who were within 3 feet of the Covid positive student do not have to quarantine unless they start experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. If you are tested positive regardless of vaccination status you will be required to quarantine at home for 14 days.

Students also do not have to quarantine if they were tested positive within 90 days of a second exposure.

These steps are taken to ensure a safe environment at LHS that can continue to thrive in person and experience high school to its fullest.