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COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 is the short name for “coronavirus disease 2019.” It is a new virus, and experts at every level are still learning about it. COVID-19 has impacted everyone in some way, and provides challenges to all industries and institutions, including schools. 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.

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





COVID-19 Impact at the HSSD

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

3

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

3

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

15

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

6

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 Protocols and Scenarios for Parents
(*definitions for terms are provided below the chart)

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

Do not bring your child to campus for any reason. Contact your teacher or principal virtually and pivot to virtual learning until you can confirm that no one in your family has been exposed to COVID-19.

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 a district representative, you should continue with your normal routine.

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: 

Do not bring your child to campus for any reason. Contact your teacher or principal virtually and pivot to virtual learning until you can confirm that no one in your family has been exposed to COVID-19.

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

Do not bring your child to campus for any reason. Contact your teacher or principal virtually and pivot to virtual learning until you can confirm that no one in your family has been exposed to COVID-19.

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 a School Representative requiring your child to quarantine and recommending that you get your child tested for COVID-19. You will receive contact from your teacher with instructions to pivot to virtual learning. You will then be contacted by an Arkansas Department of Health Case Investigator. ADH documentation will be required before your child can return to campus.


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):

Do not bring your child to campus for any reason. Contact your teacher or principal virtually. You will then receive a phone call and an email from a School Representative requiring your child to quarantine and recommending that you get your child tested for COVID-19. You will receive contact from your teacher with instructions to pivot to virtual learning. You will then be contacted by an Arkansas Department of Health Case Investigator. 

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

Do not bring your child to campus for any reason. Contact your teacher or principal virtually. You will then receive a phone call and an email from a School Representative. You will receive contact from your teacher with instructions to pivot to virtual learning. You will then be contacted by an Arkansas Department of Health Case Investigator. ADH documentation will be required before your child can return to campus.

Your class, grade level, school building, or school district is required to pivot to online learning due to COVID-19 exposure or impact:

You will receive a phone call and an email from a School Representative. You will then receive instructions from your teacher for virtual learning. Unless you receive specific instructions to do so, or your child begins to show COVID-19 symptoms, you do not have to seek a COVID-19 test for your child at this time.

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.



Covid-19 Terms and Definitions Identified in the Arkansas Department of Education Response Levels for On-Site Learning Plan


Point of Contact (POC) - A district employee appointed by the Superintendent to be responsible for contacting the School Hotline when a Confirmed Positive is identified within the district. This person will work with other school personnel to identify Probable Close Contacts within the district and share information with and be the liaison between the school district and ADH. This person must be accessible after hours and weekends. HSSD Communications Coordinator Adriane Barnes is the POC for the HSSD.


Probable Close Contact - District identified individuals that have likely been within 6 feet for 15 cumulative minutes or longer within a 24-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 14 days from the last date of contact with the positive case and await their Close Contact status to be confirmed by ADH Contact Tracing. A quick response to identify and quarantine will slow the possible transmission of the virus. POC will notify probable close contacts initially. 


Close Contact - An individual confirmed by ADH Contact Tracing who was within 6 feet for 15 cumulative minutes or longer within a 24-hour period a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 during the infectious period. The Close Contact will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days 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 the 14 days of quarantine even when the results are negative. They will be in contact with ADH for the duration of the quarantine period. 


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. This person must remain at home and avoid all public activities for 14 days from the last date of contact with the positive case, even if they receive a negative test result. The incubation period in which symptoms of COVID-19 may develop is considered 14 days. 


Isolation - Required for someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. This person must attempt to completely separate themselves from others for a minimum of 10 days; however, other criteria may apply when the person is either symptomatic or asymptomatic. The ADH Case Investigator will issue an official ADH letter of release when the individual is ready to return to work or school.


Contact Tracing - process by which public health officials track the spread of an infectious disease outbreak. When a patient is confirmed to have an illness, they isolate themselves to prevent further spread of that illness. Public health staff help those who have been infected recall where they have been and with whom they had close contact while they were infectious. Those “contacts” are contacted by public health staff and asked to quarantine themselves to stop further spread of the illness.



HSSD Health and Safety Reminders





Covid-19 Links/Resources


Symptoms of Coronavirus from the CDC


COVID-19 Recommendations and Resources from the Arkansas Department of Health


COVID-19 Testing Sites in Garland County


Number of COVID-19 Cases by County from Arkansas Department of Health


Response Levels for On-site Learning from Arkansas Department of Education


Contact Tracing Protocol from Arkansas Department of Health


Covid-19 Updates from Governor Hutchinson
How Long Should I Quarantine? (Guidance from Arkansas Department of Health and Arkansas Department of Education)

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