SPX COVID-19 Reporting

If for any reason, your family has to quarantine/isolate due to an exposure to COVID-19, please send one email to the email address covid@spx.org.  In the email, please list your student's name(s), grade level(s), date when quarantine/isolation began and the last day that your student was on campus FOR ANY REASON.

By sending one email to this address the attendance office, the counseling office, the nurse's office, the Principal's office, the academics office and the athletics office will all be notified at the same time.

Daily Self Screening

Prior to school each morning, all parents must assess their student(s), and every teacher and staff member must perform a self-assessment, by answering each question below:  

1. Does your child have any of the symptoms listed below? If your student has experienced any of the following symptoms in the past 48 hours, do NOT send them to school:

• Fever of 100°F and above 
• Body aches 
• Chills/shaking 
• Nasal congestion or runny nose that differs from your typical seasonal allergies 
• Coughing
• Vomiting
• Diarrhea 
• Fatigue 
• Loss of smell/taste 
• Rash 
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
• Sore throat

 *If your Pius student has taken medication to address any of these symptoms, he/she must be medication-free for 48 hours before a return to school can be considered. If your Pius student has a documented preexisting condition (i.e. allergies), you should take that into account as you review the above symptoms. If any of the above are present, your student must STAY HOME. 

2. Within the past 10 days, have you received a positive nasal swab test result for an active COVID-19 infection? 

If any of the answers are yes to any of the above OR the student/faculty/staff member has a temperature reading of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or above, the individual is not cleared to enter the school/building.  A temperature of 100 or above will be logged and tracked. Please note: Screening questions may change as additional information regarding symptoms and spread is known.
(Derived from Children’s HealthCare of Atlanta (CHOA) Human Resources Employee Plan)

 

What to do if you have symptoms

Regardless of testing results, symptoms will always outweigh test results. Individuals showing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 are presumed positive and should follow the 10 days isolation rule. A negative test result does not necessarily mean that an individual does not have COVID-19 and depending upon exposure/symptoms, the individual may still be required to quarantine. 

If you are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, you should not come to campus. 

Please review the next question, "When you can return to campus after illness." 

If you or a family member tests positive for COVID-19 during the course of your illness, please send one email to the email address covid@spx.org. In the email, please list your student's name(s), grade level(s), date when quarantine/isolation began and the last day that your student was on campus FOR ANY REASON. By sending one email to this address the attendance office, the counseling office, the nurse's office, the Principal's office, the academics office and the athletics office will all be notified at the same time.

When you can return to campus after illness

St. Pius X is following the latest Georgia Department of Public Health Guidance, coupled with Archdiocesan guidance, regarding the Return to School Strategy, which is determined based on a person’s health status (October, 2020). 

There is no need to retest after a positive test provided that you remain asymptomatic for at least 10 days in quarantine following a positive test result (unless an extended isolation is recommended by your healthcare provider).

Symptomatic persons with confirmed COVID-19 or suspected COVID-19 

A student with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis must obtain a letter from his/her doctor clearing the student for a return to school. The letter must accompany the student on his/her first day back on campus.

• Students who had mild or moderate illness* and are not severely immunocompromised† can return to school after:
At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared AND
At least 72 hours have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications AND 
Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving (Note: loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation) 
Symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) have improved 

• Students who had severe to critical illness (hospitalized for shortness of breath, pneumonia, low oxygen levels, respiratory failure, septic shock, and/or multiple organ failure) * or who are severely immunocompromised† can return to school after: 
At least 20 days have passed since symptoms first appeared
At least 72 hours have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and 
Symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) have improved 

Asymptomatic persons with confirmed COVID-19: 

• Students who are not severely immunocompromised† can return to school after: 
At least 10 days have passed since the positive laboratory test and the person remains asymptomatic 
• Students who are severely immunocompromised† can return to school after:
At least 10 days have passed since the positive laboratory test and the person remains asymptomatic 
• Note, asymptomatic persons who test positive and later develop symptoms should follow the guidance for symptomatic persons above. 

Asymptomatic persons who have a known exposure to a person with COVID-19 without appropriate PPE can return to school after: 

• They have completed all requirements in the DPH guidance for persons exposed to COVID-19 found at https://dph.georgia.gov/contact 
• Of note, if this person is tested for COVID-19 during the 14-day quarantine period, a negative test result would not change or decrease the time a person is quarantined. 

Both CDC and DPH DO NOT recommend using a test-based strategy for children or adults returning to school or childcare (2 negative tests at least 24 hours apart) after COVID-19 infection. ‡ CDC has reported prolonged PCR positive test results without evidence of infectiousness for up to 12 weeks. More information about the science behind the symptom-based strategy for discontinuing isolation can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/duration-isolation.html

 

Return to School Guidelines with Confirmed SARS-CoV-2 (COVID 19) infection 

The individual will be required to quarantine for 14 days
AND …  
At least three days (72 hours) have passed since recovery, defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications
AND … 
If the individual has experienced improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath)
AND …
At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared or since test date (if asymptomatic)
AND … 
The individual has not experienced any symptoms for 72 hours
AND … 
The individual has received written guidance from a medical provider or you are subject to local public health recommendations that supersede this guidance. A doctor’s note is required.

Please note: If a household member tests positive for COVID-19, all individuals living in the household will be required to quarantine for 14 days even if asymptomatic. 
(CHOA and in line with CDC, California School Plan, modified with guidance from Infectious Disease specialist at CHOA)

Return to School Guidelines with Illness: 

An individual shall return to school only after:

At least 48 hours fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medications
AND …
At least 48 hours, vomit/diarrhea free without the use of medication
AND …
Individual has experienced an improvement in symptoms (e.g., runny nose, sore throat, cough)
(CHOA and in line with CDC, California School Plan, modified with guidance from Infectious Disease specialists at CHOA)

COVID Vocabulary

It is important to define COVID-19 related terminology so you can best understand how we manage these cases and notify anyone who has come into contact with cases.

“Case” is defined as a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.

“Contact” refers to a person who had exposure to a case while the case was infected.

“Infected” is defined as the period during the illness or within two days before the illness began.

"Direct contact" or "exposure" according to CDC guidelines, is defined as someone who has been in close contact - within six feet, masked or not - of an infected person for at least 15 minutes over a 24 hour period (even if those 15 minutes occur within non-consecutive increments),  provided care at home to the case, had direct physical contact with the case (touched, hugged, or kissed them), shared eating or drinking utensils with the case, and/or on whom the case sneezed, coughed, or other action which is concerning for spreading respiratory droplets, starting from two (2) days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, two days prior to test specimen collection). The infected person does not need to be symptomatic for exposure to have occurred.. Individuals who have come into direct contact with the case must quarantine for 14 days.  

“Proximate Exposed Contact” is defined as someone exposed to a case who was more than 6 feet away but in the same room for an extended period of time with the case. “Secondary Contact or Secondarily Exposed Contact* is defined as exposure to a primarily exposed contact. Safety measures in place include mandated masks for all faculty, staff and students; social distancing at all times when possible; daily temperature taking; disinfecting of all desks between each class period during the day and during the evening hours, and all classrooms are thoroughly sanitized with a electrostatic disinfecting sprayer. Because of these extensive safety measures, we are leaving the decision of quarantining up to the families who receive (emailed) letters of proximate exposed contact and secondary contact or secondarily exposed contact.

 

COVID-19 Reporting

SPX is requesting that all students, faculty, and staff complete a daily self-screening for COVID-19 symptoms before returning to campus or interacting with the campus community face-to-face.

SPX is committed to protecting the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. We are monitoring any outbreaks of COVID-19 on campus and conducting contact tracing when necessary. 

We will send email notifications to parents as confirmed cases arise, per Archdiocesan request.