RCSD COVID-19 Contact Question Protocol (Added 3/9/20)
In the event that an RCSD student, staff, or parent suspects that they may have had primary, secondary, or tertiary contact with someone suspected of testing positive for COVID-19, the following protocol will be followed. This protocol is based on recommendations of the San Mateo County Health Department and the latest publicly available information regarding COVID-19. In all instances of reporting, an individual’s privacy will be ensured and their identity will not be disclosed.
Any potential contact is important to know, but not all contact is treated the same.
Positive COVID-19 Diagnosis (“CASE”)
It’s important to state that any student, parent, or staff member who receives a positive COVID-19 diagnosis (known as a “CASE”) must immediately contact the Superintendent’s Office to share the diagnosis with District officials in order that they can respond. It is highly likely that the San Mateo Health Department will also do so; however, students, parents and staff are asked to also communicate the diagnosis to the Superintendent's Office with due haste. Our ability to limit risk of exposure rides on our ability to have all the information.
Calls regarding confirmed positive COVID-19 CASEs should be made to 650.482.2230.
Primary Contact (“CONTACT”)
For RCSD purposes “primary contact” (also known as a “CONTACT”) is defined as first-person contact by someone associated with RCSD with someone who is confirmed to be carrying the COVID-19 virus (known as a “CASE”). If a person associated with RCSD is a “contact,” he/she is asked to immediately notify his/her site supervisor who will notify the Superintendent’s Office. The contact will likely be asked to self-quarantine themselves until further direction from the Superintendent’s Office. It is possible (not guaranteed) that the contact will be asked to self-quarantine for up to 14-days and, if available and necessary, provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test at the end of the quarantine. The details of the primary contact’s return will be arranged on a case-by-case basis.
Calls regarding becoming in CONTACT with confirmed positive COVID-19 CASEs should be made to the School Principal and/or the employee’s immediate supervisor.
Secondary or Tertiary Contact (“CONTACTS OF CONTACT”)
At this stage in the virus’s spread, more and more individuals are likely to have secondary and tertiary contact with someone suspected of being COVID-19 positive. This is not unusual in a public health emergency of this kind.
If an RCSD student, staff, or parent believes or knows that they have had secondary or tertiary contact (known as “CONTACTS OF CONTACT”) with someone suspected of carrying the COVID-19 virus, that individual (or their parent) is asked to communicate with the school site supervisor immediately. If necessary in order to get the necessary information, the school site supervisor may ask the individual to temporarily isolate themselves at home until further information can be gathered; however the goal will be to confirm the level of risk and return the student or staff member back to school. If an employee is asked to stay home, they will not be penalized and will be paid. If a student is asked to stay home, their absence will be excused.
As quickly as possible, the Site Supervisor or a representative from the Superintendent’s Office will engage the contacts of contact in a series of questions to which the contact of contact should hopefully be able to answer “NO” to the first three and “YES” to the last one in order that all involved can feel comfortable that is safe to return to work/school.
Calls regarding secondary or tertiary CONTACT should be made to the School Principal and/or the employee’s immediate supervisor.
Question Protocol for Contacts of Contact (ONLY):
After describing the degree to which the potential contact might have had contact with a person carrying COVID-19, the contact of contact will be asked:
- Have you experienced any cold or flu like symptoms, even mild, in the last 24-hours. These include: fever, cough, sneezing, and other respiratory symptoms?
- Is anyone with whom you are currently living experiencing any cold or flu like symptoms, even mild, in the last 24-hours. These include: fever, cough, sneezing, and other respiratory symptoms?
- Have you been or are you currently a part of a “contact investigation” by the San Mateo or Santa Clara County Health Departments or any other health agency in regards to your potential contact with someone testing positive for COVID-19?
- Are you aware of the health, safety, and sanitation expectations of the school district and have you and are you taking all of the necessary precautions to keep yourself healthy and limit the spread of disease?
The Site Supervisor or representative of the Superintendent’s Office will make the final determination as to when and if the individual with a suspected contact may return to school or work. Of course, good judgement and medical advice when necessary can assist in making the determination of return. If an individual disagrees with the determination, they may contact the Superintendent to discuss an alternative. The decision will be made in the best interest of the health and well being of all involved.
The resulting school closure decisions of any level of contact will be made in partnership with the San Mateo County Health Department and using the California Departments of Public Health and Education guidelines.