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These guidelines are provided by Shasta County Public Health and are intended as a resource for School Administrators (PKs, TK-12th grade) to respond to suspected and confirmed COVID-19 Cases and close contacts.


Staff, students and visitors (all individuals on campus) should be screened for symptoms each day and temperature taken, as practicable. Screening will be conducted at-home prior to arrival. Campus will be closed to visitors, but if visitors must enter campus, they will be required to complete a self-assessment and temperature check upon arrival. Screening will be performed on individuals entering a site. Symptom screening will be as follows:
  • If a student, staff, or visitor states that they have or exhibit the following COVID-19 symptoms they will be immediately isolated from others, masked, and asked to leave campus as soon as possible.
    • Students: Use Student Symptom Decision Tree
    • Adults: Fever of 100.4 degrees or higher; chills; cough; shortness of breath/difficulty breathing; fatigue; muscle or body aches; headache; new loss of taste or smell; sore throat; congestion or runny nose; nausea or vomiting; diarrhea.


Student Symptom Tree


  • Individuals exhibiting symptoms at home, after school, during the weekend, or holidays should stay home and follow the Student Symptom Decision Tree or the Staff return to school guidance:
    • Wait at least 10 days after symptom onset OR
    • Make an appointment with your healthcare provider for evaluation. The individual may have a medical note by the provider that clears them to return to school OR
    • Receive a negative COVID-19 test (does not apply to quarantined close contacts (either school or community exposure) who must remain home for 14 days after last exposure, regardless of test result)
    • *In each of these cases, the individual must be 24-hours fever free (without the use of fever-reducing medicine), and improvement in other symptoms.
  • Isolated individuals will be sent home or to a healthcare facility per CDPH guidance.
  • Siblings, family members, and close contacts of an individual exhibiting symptoms can remain in school, as long as they are not exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Custodial staff will disinfect the area any symptomatic individual has been in contact with.
  • All individuals in the isolation area are required to wear a face covering (face mask) and maintain 6 feet of physical distance.


  • If a school becomes aware of a COVID-19 positive case (“confirmed case”), the individual will be sent home immediately.
  • The COVID-19 School Liaison will contact Shasta County Public Health and begin the steps below. If Public Health becomes aware of a school-related case, they will contact the COVID-19 School Liaison.
    • The school will provide PHSU with the confirmed case’s name, date of birth, testing date and testing location
    • The school will ask the confirmed case for the Isolation End Date listed on the Public Health Isolation Order
  • The COVID-19 School Liaison determines the infectious period of the confirmed case. This information is utilized to determine school -related close contacts. Infectious period is defined:
    • If Confirmed Case is Symptomatic: 2 days before symptom onset through last day at school
    • If Confirmed Case is Asymptomatic: 2 days before COVID-19 test was taken through last day at school
  • The COVID-19 School Liaison will identify and document all school-related individuals that were potentially exposed to the confirmed case based on the infectious period. These individuals are close contacts and should be documented on the Close Contacts Form. Close contacts will be quarantined at home for 14 days from the last day of exposure to the confirmed case.
    • A close contact is defined as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes, cumulatively throughout the day, regardless of face covering use
    • Only close contacts of confirmed cases will need to be excluded from school. No action needs to be taken for persons who are close contacts of contacts to a confirmed case but were not directly exposed to a case.
    • For  high schools/any settings in which stable classroom cohorts have NOT been maintained: Utilize class seating rosters and consultation with teachers/staff to identify close contacts to the confirmed COVID-19 case in all classrooms and on-campus activities. The school will ask the confirmed positive case if they have been in other locations, such as busses, additional classrooms or offices, lunch rooms, gyms, etc.
    • Close contacts that exhibit symptoms are encouraged to see their healthcare provider. Their healthcare provider will determine if the individual needs a COVID-19 test.
  • COVID-19 School Liaison submits the Close Contact Form to PHSU as soon as possible. School may request consultation on how to determine close contacts and unique situations. PHSU will confirm the self-quarantine end dates.
  • The school will give the self-quarantine letter to the parent/guardian of each close contact or directly to close contact adults as soon as possible, which will be no later than 48 hours after notification of a confirmed case.
    • The Self-Quarantine and Self-Monitor forms will be provided by the school. The Self-Monitor log is to be completed daily during the self-quarantine period.  
    • These documents will be provided in an email and given as a hard copy.
    • All communication with families must keep identifying information about the positive case confidential.
    • The school shall submit a final list of individuals who self-quarantine noticies were issued to, to the PHSU.
  • The COVID-19 School Liaison will also notify the school community of any COVID-19 cases in the school setting, while maintaining confidentiality of all individuals involved.
  • The areas accessed by the confirmed case will be cleaned and disinfected as soon as possible.  
  • If necessary, school may transition to distance learning


  • Self-quarantined individuals will provide the symptom monitoring log to the COVID-19 School Liaison before returning to school/work.
    • The school is responsible for reviewing symptom monitoring logs to determine if individuals may return to school after the originally established self-quarantine end date.
      • If no symptoms developed, the individual may return as planned.
      • If symptoms developed, the COVID Liaison will confirm whether a doctor visit or testing occurred. Before returning to school, the individual must be 24-hours fever free (without the use of fever-reducing medicine), and improve in other symptoms.
  • The COVID-19 School Liaison will notify PHSU if individuals on self-quarantine develop symptoms or test positive for COVID-19.

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