Covid Q&A

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 5 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

To report a positive COVID test, please fill out the COVID NOTIFICATION FORM.

Regardless of testing results, symptoms will always outweigh test results. Individuals showing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 are presumed positive and should follow the 5 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 for any reason, your family has to quarantine/isolate due to an exposure to COVID-19, please complete our COVID questionnaire. By filling out this form 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. 

There is no need to retest after a positive test provided that you remain asymptomatic for at least 5 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 

Students must stay home isolated from others for 5 days. If after 5 days, symptoms have resolved (must be fever free and multi-symptom free for 48 hours), students may return to school; however they must remain fully masked for an additional 5 days. 

Please contact Nurse Donna Owens to confirm return to campus.

Asymptomatic persons with confirmed COVID-19: 

Students must stay home isolated from others for 5 days. If after 5 days, and the student is still asymptomatic,   students may return to school; however they must remain fully masked for an additional 5 days. 

Please follow instructions given by Nurse Donna Owens upon notification.

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 
• Of note, if this person is tested for COVID-19 during the 5-day quarantine period, a negative test result would not change or decrease the time a person is quarantined. 

For unvaccinated students, if asymptomatic, stay home for 5 days. It is highly recommended to test of day 5. If student has completed the 5 days at home, then the student may return to school and must remain fully masked for an additional 5 days. If symptomatic, test on day 5 and follow the above procedures for positive individuals.

Please follow instructions given by Nurse Donna Owens upon notification.

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

The individual will be required to quarantine for 5 days
AND …  
At least two days (48 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)
At least 5 days have passed since symptoms first appeared or since test date (if asymptomatic)
AND … 
The individual has not experienced any symptoms for 48 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 5 days even if asymptomatic. 
(CHOA and in line with CDC, California School Plan, modified with guidance from Infectious Disease specialist at CHOA)

Please follow instructions given by Nurse Donna Owens upon notification.

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
At least 48 hours, vomit/diarrhea free without the use of medication
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.

Completed COVID Vaccination Records

As most are aware, the COVID vaccine is now available to all individuals ages 5 and older.  Current students who have received all required doses should submit a copy of their completed vaccine card to the school clinic using this form.  We are only collecting COMPLETED vaccine cards at this time.

In light of updated guidance from the CDC and expanded vaccine eligibility announced in mid-October 2021 to include any individuals over the age of 5, the following protocols regarding quarantine for fully vaccinated individuals will be followed:

  • Any individuals, including students, who are fully vaccinated AND asymptomatic are not required to enter quarantine if they have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19. They may continue to attend classes, take part in extracurricular activities, and athletic competition. 
  • Fully vaccinated means individuals are 14 days past the completion of their assigned vaccine schedule - either 2 shots for vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer (mRNA versions) or one shot from Johnson and Johnson. (Clarification: A 90 day exemption period from quarantine is still applicable to those who have previously tested positive and have been diagnosed with COVID-19. These individuals must still quarantine after the 90th day. The above extension is only applicable to fully vaccinated individuals).
  • Please note that at this time, FDA Emergency Use Authorizations extend down to 18 years old for vaccines from Moderna and Johnson and Johnson and to 16 years old for Pfizer. 

Please remember:

  • Presence of antibodies does not confer the same set of privileges.

Current federal and state regulations require that masks be worn on buses and school transportation vehicles (including private schools) regardless of vaccination status or school masking policy. This directive applies to high schools.  

Per current Archdiocesan policy, effective January 3, 2022 all archdiocesan students and staff will be fully masked inside buildings until January 14. The Office of Catholic Schools will reassess data at that time and make adjustments as deemed necessary.

Quarantines and Reporting

Schools must continue to report positive cases and contact trace those within six feet of a positive case.  

Unvaccinated students within six feet of a positive case for a minimum of fifteen minutes must quarantine for five days. Unvaccinated employees within six feet of a positive case must quarantine for five days according to current Archdiocesan Human Resources policy.  

Vaccinated students and staff who are identified as close contacts to a positive case do not need to quarantine unless they become symptomatic.   You may upload a copy of your student's vaccination card to this link in order not to be quarantined.  

Virtual learning for school-required quarantined students will be asynchronous. They will receive their assignments and directions on PSL. Teachers will be available for online tutoring during after school hours.

Visitors and Volunteers

Volunteers and visitors must wear masks at all times, regardless of vaccination status.