Isolation and Quarantine

On August 13, 2021, the Pennsylvania Departments of Health (DOH) and Education (PDE) provided updated resources for the 2021-22 school year to assist schools when a case of COVID-19 is identified in the school setting. The resources are linked below.  In particular, the resources provide guidance to follow when students need to be isolated or quarantined due to Covid-19 illness and/or exposure as a close contact.

What to Do if a Student Becomes Sick or Reports a New COVID-19 Diagnosis at School

Plans and Processes for K-12 Schools During COVID-19: 2021-22 Academic Year

Update 9/17/21

On Thursday evening, September 16, 2021, the SESD Board of Directors voted to update the quarantining procedures in the ARP ESSER Health and Safety Plan. Currently our district team works in coordination with the PA DOH to safely isolate and/or quarantine those experiencing symptoms of COVID, individuals who test positive, as well as those considered to be close contacts. We will continue to utilize PA DOH orders for isolation and quarantine timelines.

Under the quarantining changes for students, we will continue to contact trace for individuals who test positive. Close contacts will be notified by the district via email and parents will have the choice to send their child to school or quarantine at home. Students will not be required to complete a home quarantine unless directed by the PA DOH, or if they become symptomatic.

Please be sure the district has your correct email on file to ensure you receive the email notification. In addition, if you choose to quarantine your child, you will need to contact your child’s school office.

SESD Attendance Procedures for Students who are Quarantined/Isolated Due to Covid-19

Should families find that their students need to be isolated or quarantined due to Covid-19 illness or exposure, we will use the following attendance procedures:

  • School nurses will provide information/excuse cards to the building attendance secretary for students who will be working at home due to quarantine or isolation
  • During quarantine or isolation, students will work from home asynchronously through Google Classroom.  Teachers may individually check in with students and parents via e-mail, Zoom, or phone call
  • In Sapphire, students will be marked “TRL” (Temporary Remote Learning) for the purpose of daily attendance.  These are NOT counted as days of absence.
  • If a child becomes too ill to work during the quarantine or isolation period, the parent should call the building nurse.  The building nurse will provide an excuse card to the building attendance secretary to have the time marked as an excused absence.  The nurse will also provide the parent with any necessary updates regarding the return to school plan.
  • If students are not completing assigned work during TRL, teachers should reach out to be sure to provide necessary support to the student and family.  Teachers should also coordinate with building counselors and building administrators for assistance.