COVID-19 Updates

The HSSD is committed to the safety of every student and staff member. Our Trojan Families and Community can find updates at this page regarding the COVID-19 impact at our schools, COVID-19 protocols for our students and staff members, and helpful links and resources related to the virus. We cannot mitigate every risk, but the HSSD is taking all precautions recommended by health officials to maintain clean, safe schools for everyone.

 

With questions, concerns, or to share COVID19 test results or updates about students or staff, please reach out to the HSSD District Point of Contact for Covid-19 Adriane Barnes at barnesa@hssd.net.  You can also send anonymous information via the “COVID-19 Support” button, below. Find: COVID-19 Testing sites in Garland County, by clicking here. 

 

 

Covid-19 Data

COVID-19 Impact at the HSSD

Total Number of Active Student Cases (of students attending on-site classes) of COVID-19

0

Total Number of Active Staff Cases of COVID-19 at the HSSD

0

Cumulative Total Number of Student Cases (of students attending on-site classes) of COVID-19 at the HSSD since 8/24/2020

158

Cumulative Total Number of Staff Cases of COVID-19 at the HSSD since 8/10/2020

62

We cannot and will not under any circumstances provide the public with personal information about any of our students or staff members. This data is provided to offer transparency to our students, staff members, and our community about the safety and wellness of our schools. Numbers above only reflect individuals who have tested positive and confirmed it to the HSSD (and thereby also to the ADH). Staff members and/or students may work virtually for an array of reasons, including not feeling well OR testing positive for COVID-19 OR being placed under quarantine because they may have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 OR a variety of other circumstances related to safety and health. 

 

Case numbers will not be broken down by school or program area in order to protect the privacy of any students or staff affected by COVID-19. An exception will be made IF a large number of students specific to an athletic program are affected, because our Coaches would need to quickly and transparently communicate with students or staff members at opponent teams/campuses and with any attendees of athletic events. An exception could also be made IF a large number of students specific to one school were affected and a determination was made to quarantine an entire grade-level or school campus in order to follow safety precautions.    

 

Parents and/or staff members would be contacted by a school representative via phone call and email if their child’s health and/or their health could be impacted by an individual with COVID-19 at the school, or if their child and/or they should go under quarantine for any reason, or if they and/or their child should be tested for COVID-19. The HSSD works in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Health to follow all Contact Tracing protocols. 

 

  See COVID-19 data provided via "COVID-19: A Local View" tracking tool from ACHI (Arkansas Center for Health Improvement)

See COVID-19 school data provided by Arkansas Department of Health

Covid-19 Quarantine Details, and General Terminology
Point of Contact (POC) - A district employee appointed by the Superintendent who serves as the liaison between the school district and the Arkansas Department of Health. This person maintains COVID-19 data for the district, works to identify Probable Close Contacts within the district, and communicates quarantine timelines to families. This person works directly with staff members and School Nurses to make sure that all COVD-19 protocols provided by the Arkansas Department of Health are strictly adhered to. HSSD Communications Coordinator Adriane Barnes is the POC for the HSSD.
Probable Close Contact - Individuals that were within 6 feet for 15 cumulative minutes or longer within a 48-hour period to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, during the infectious period. This person(s) will be expected to self-quarantine immediately for a period of up to 14 days (new protocol allows for a 7-day or 10-day quarantine option as long as the Probable Close Contact is asymptomatic).
Close Contact - An individual confirmed by ADH Contact Tracing who was within 6 feet for 15 cumulative minutes or longer within a 48-hour period of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 during the infectious period. The Close Contact will be required to self-quarantine for up to 14 days (new protocol allows for a 7-day or 10-day quarantine option if individuals are asymptomatic) from the last date of contact with the infected person. It is highly recommended that all close contacts get tested for COVID-19, but individuals must complete a quarantine period (of at least 7, 10, or 14 days) even when the results are negative.
Secondary Contact - An individual who has had contact with someone identified as a Close Contact to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. In most instances, these individuals do not require quarantine, but are encouraged to monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
Quarantine - Required for someone identified as a Close Contact to a positive case of COVID-19. The incubation period of the virus that causes COVID-19 is up to 14 days. Therefore, the safest quarantine period would last 14 days from the most recent exposure to the positive patient. During quarantine, individuals must remain isolated in their household.
In accordance with new CDC guidelines, quarantine can end after 10 days without testing if no symptoms have occurred. Or, it can end after 7 days if no symptoms have occurred and a test returned a negative result. Note that the test sample must have been collected at least 5 days after exposure. Send-off PCR tests are preferred, but rapid PCR or antigen tests are acceptable.

If you are exposed again during quarantine, the period must start over again. If you develop symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 during the quarantine period, you must follow the instructions for isolating yourself.
Read: Updated Quarantine Guidelines for Probable Close Contacts who Remain Asymptomatic and/or Test Negative

Isolation - Required for someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. This person must completely separate themselves from others for a minimum of 10 days; however, other criteria may apply when the person is either symptomatic or asymptomatic.
Contact Tracing - process by which the District Point of Contact and public health officials track the spread of an infectious disease outbreak. Individuals at the HSSD are contacted by Adriane Barnes or a District Administrator during the Contact Tracing process if they have been exposed to an individual who tests positive for COVID-19 while at school.

Covid-19 FAQs and Links

 

Find: COVID-19 Testing sites in Garland County

 

Read: Updated Quarantine Guidelines for Probable Close Contacts who Remain Asymptomatic and/or Test Negative from CDC

 

Read: COVID-19 Guidance for Home Quarantine from Arkansas Department of Health

 

Read: Covid-19 Symptoms, from the CDC

 

FAQs Regarding COVID-19 Protocols 

You or a member of your household, or your child does not feel good, OR is awaiting COVID-19 test results:

Please do not bring your child to school; arrange for he/she to work remotely. Please contact your child’s teacher, or Principal, or the District Point of Contact with details.

If your child is around another child who is a Probable Close Contact, that makes your child a Secondary Contact:

Unless your child shows symptoms of COVID-19, or you receive a call and email from the District Point of Contact or a Principal, you should continue with your normal routine.

How does the school determine the amount of time an individual needs to quarantine?

The HSSD follows all protocols provided through the Arkansas Department of Health. Quarantine timelines are established as follows:  - If an individual tests positive, he/she quarantines for 10 days. - If an individual is a Probable Close Contact, he/she has options to quarantine for a 7-day  (if asymptomatic),  10-day (if asymptomatic) or  14-day period.
Read: Updated Quarantine Guidelines for Probable Close Contacts who Remain Asymptomatic and/or Test Negative from CDC

You or a member of your household has been around someone in close proximity and for more than a 15-minute period who has symptoms of COVID-19, OR someone who is awaiting COVID-19 test results: 

Please do not bring your child to school; arrange for he/she to work remotely. Please contact your child’s teacher, or Principal, or the District Point of Contact with details. If your child is a Probable Close Contact, he/she will need to complete a quarantine period of up to 14 days.

You or your child or a member of your family has COVID-19 symptoms of any kind:

Please do not bring your child to school; arrange for he/she to work remotely. Please contact your child’s teacher, or Principal, or the District Point of Contact with details.

If a child in your student’s class tests positive for COVID-19 OR a child that is known to have been in close proximity to your child for longer than a 15-minute time period during their time at school tests positive for COVID-19: 

You will receive a phone call and an email from the District Point of Contact or a School Principal requiring your child to quarantine for a period of up to 14 days. You will receive contact from your teacher with instructions to pivot to virtual learning.

If you find out that your child is a Probable Close Contact (you find out that someone in your household who lives with your child OR someone that your child has spent an extended period of time with in close proximity has tested positive for COVID-19):

Please do not bring your child to school; arrange for he/she to work remotely. Please contact your child’s teacher, or Principal, or the District Point of Contact with details. If your child is a Probable Close Contact, he/she will need to complete a quarantine period of up to 14 days.

You, or a member of your household, or your child tests positive for COVID-19:

Please do not bring your child to school; arrange for he/she to work remotely. Please contact your child’s teacher, or Principal, or the District Point of Contact with details. Your child who has tested positive will need to quarantine for a period of 10 days, and any other siblings in the house need to isolate away from the child who has tested positive, and will need to quarantine for a period of up to 14 days.

Your child tells you that a larger than normal number of students have either been absent or opted for online learning on a given day:

Unless your child shows symptoms of COVID-19, or you receive a call and email from a district representative, you should continue with your normal routine.


Read: Parent Protocols and Safety Communications during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Read: Fall Reopening Plans and Safety Protocols in Trojans Ready to Learn Plan

Read: Safety Reminders at HSSD Elementary Schools

Read: Safety Reminders at Hot Springs Junior Academy

Read: Safety Reminders at Hot Springs World Class High School

 

Leer: Protocolos para padres y comunicaciones de seguridad durante la pandemia COVID-19

 

 

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