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COVID FAQs

Information and FAQs Regarding COVID-19 and Salem-Keizer School District Staff

COVID-19 Staff FAQs

This guidance is only for current district employees and does not pertain to volunteers.

How do I KNOW if I have a known exposure?

Updated: January 19, 2022

A known exposure to COVID-19 depends on how close you have been to an individual who has tested positive for the virus. See below.

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Confirmed Case?

People who have tested positive for COVID-19 should isolate, contact their medical provider for direction, and notify their supervisor.

In close contact with a confirmed case?

Notify your supervisor, seek testing and see the FAQ What do I do if I have a known exposure.

In close contact with someone who was in close contact with a confirmed case?

(one degree of separation)

A person who has been in close contact with someone who was exposed to COVID-19 does not need to quarantine.

What is ‘Close Contact’ in regards to COVID-19?

Updated: January 19, 2022

As of January 14, 2022, Oregon will no longer consider masked contact in K-12 settings (including on school buses) to be an exposure regardless of distancing.

In K-12 school settings, close contact is defined as being unmasked while indoors and being within 6 feet of a positive case for 15 or more minutes.

6 feet apart

 

What do I DO if I have a known exposure?

Updated: January 18, 2022

Isolation guidance

Staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 should notify their supervisor and isolate for five days after their symptoms started (or, if they have no symptoms, for five days after the test date) and 24 hours after any fever has resolved without the use of fever-reducing medicine and other symptoms are improving; follow all instructions from the local public health authority.

Quarantine guidance

Staff who are identified as a close contact or exposure must notify their supervisor.

Close contacts of confirmed and presumptive cases who are not up to date with their ACIP recommended COVID-19 vaccinations should quarantine for the five days following exposure and remain masked when around others for an additional five days.

Close contacts who are up to date with their ACIP-recommended COVID-19 vaccinations do not need to quarantine but must wear a mask around others for 10 days following their exposure.

Close contacts who tested positive for COVID-19 with an antigen test or NAAT in the previous 90 days do not need to quarantine.

Up to date with their COVID-19 vaccination include

  • Individuals 18 or older who have received all recommended vaccine doses, including boosters and additional primary shots for some immunocompromised people.
  • Youth 5–17 years who have completed the primary series of COVID-19 vaccines.

Not up to date with their COVID-19 vaccination defined by CDC as:

  • Ages 18 years or older and completed the primary series of a two dose recommended vaccine more than 5 months ago but have not received a recommended booster shot.
  • Those who have received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine (completing the primary series) over 2 months ago and have not received a recommended booster shot.
  • Those who are not fully vaccinated or have not completed a primary vaccine series.
What do I do if someone in my home or someone with whom I have had close contact, has a known exposure?

Updated: January 19, 2022

If the person in your home or with whom you had close contact (the exposed person) does not have symptoms nor a positive test result, you may continue to report to work as usual (see graphic below). If the exposed person displays COVID-19 symptoms or receives a positive test result, then you will be considered an exposure and you will need to seek testing, notify your supervisor and review What do I DO if I have a known exposure?

Additionally, if you begin experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, then you will need to stay home, seek testing, and notify your supervisor.

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If I had a known exposure, do I need to get a COVID-19 test before I can return to work?

Updated: January 18, 2022

No, but you do need to follow the district process for exposure. Contact your supervisor immediately and see FAQ “What do I do if I have a known exposure”.

If I had a known exposure but my test results came back negative, can I return to work?

It depends.  Regardless, you will need to follow the district process for exposure.  Contact your supervisor immediately and see FAQ “What do I do if I have a known exposure”.

What do I DO if I have COVID-19 symptoms?

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms (fever/chills, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, or new loss of taste/smell), you need to:

Stay home, seek testing, and notify your supervisor.

You will receive an email from the district with directions on how to proceed.

Wait for district approval before you can return to district property.

Follow your usual absence reporting process (such as AESOP entry).

What do I do if someone in my home or someone with whom I have had close contact, has COVID-19 symptoms?

Updated: January 19, 2022

If the person in your home or with whom you had close contact has symptoms, but does not have a known exposure then you may continue to report to work as usual. (See graphic below.)

If the sick person learns that they have had a known exposure and shows symptoms, then you will be considered an exposure and you will need to seek testing, notify your supervisor and review What do I DO if I have a known exposure?

Additionally, if you begin experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, then you will need to stay home, seek testing, and notify your supervisor.

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What do I do if I have tested positive for Covid-19?

Updated: January 19, 2022

If you have tested positive for COVID-19

Stay home, contact your medical provider for direction, and notify your supervisor.

You will receive an email from the district with directions on how to proceed.

Wait for approval before you can return to district property.

Staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 should isolate for five days after their symptoms started (or, if they have no symptoms, for five days after the test date) and 24 hours after any fever has resolved without the use of fever-reducing medicine and other symptoms are improving; follow all instructions from the local public health authority.

Follow your usual absence reporting process (such as AESOP entry).

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What do I DO if I have COVID-19 symptoms but have been fully vaccinated?

Being fully vaccinated does not change our district process if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

If you have COVID-19  symptoms, you need to:

Stay home, seek testing, and notify your supervisor.

You will receive an email from the district with directions on how to proceed.

Remain off district property until you have been approved to return to work.

Wait for approval before you can return to work in person.

Work with your supervisor to determine if you are able to work from home. If you are not able to work, report any absences to your school, department office, or follow your usual absence reporting process (such as AESOP entry).

What if I have been vaccinated, do I still have to quarantine if I have a known exposure?

Updated: January 19, 2022

Regardless of your situation, if you have a known exposure, please contact your supervisor immediately and follow the directions in the email you receive from the district. You may also want to review this FAQ What do I do if I have a known exposure.

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