Updated August 25, 2021
Given the significant increase in the number of positive cases within Pasco County Schools, we have had to reevaluate our priorities in responding to COVID-19 cases. These procedures and protocols are based on the current information available at this time, and all information is subject to change as new information becomes available.
- The use of masks and other personal protective equipment will remain highly recommended, but not required in almost all school situations and environments. However, given the significant increase of cases, usage is strongly encouraged for students to protect themselves and help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our schools.
Student Notification of Potential Exposure to Positive Individual:
- For students that are notified of having potential exposure to an individual that has tested positive for COVID-19, the parent may:
- Continue to send the child to school
- Choose to keep their child at home
- Parents must notify the school that they are choosing to keep their child at home due to potential exposure or the child has become symptomatic via the absence form on the school’s website.
Student Quarantine Changes:
- A student with a confirmed close contact exposure to COVID-19 needs to quarantine as determined by the Health Department of Pasco. As long as they remain asymptomatic, they may return to school after 7 days pass from the date of the last exposure to the COVID-19 positive individual. These students will be returning to school on day 8.
- New testing options are available for students to return sooner if they remain asymptomatic. If a student receives a negative diagnostic COVID-19 test after four days (thus testing on day 5 or later) from the date of the last exposure to the COVID-19 positive individual, they may return to school on day 5 (2 days sooner with a negative test). The brands that can be accepted can be found at this link (2nd column on the chart).
COVID Testing Site for Students:
(Pasco County Schools does not have any current COVID testing available for students, but please refer to the various opportunities detailed below within the community.)
- West side – The Department of Health has reopened the testing site at the Gulf View Square Mall Sears Auto Center. Testing at this site is currently available seven days a week, 7 a.m.–7 p.m. Appointments are not required, but they are highly recommended to avoid wait times. To make an appointment visit https://testing.nomihealth.com/signup/fl.
- East side – The Premier Dental Center in Dade City is located at 37944 Pasco Ave, Dade City Florida, 33525 is open for COVID-19 testing Tuesday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Appointments are not required.
- For other locations open to parents and students they can visit the Pasco Department of Health and see the list for community testing locations.
- Home-administered COVID-19 Tests at this link can now be used by quarantined students to come back between day 5 and 7. Please see the previous section for details.
Student is Symptomatic and at School:
- If a student is exhibiting COVID-19 like symptoms, the student cannot come on campus. To return, parents can provide the school with documentation of a negative COVID-19 test administered after the onset of symptoms to return to school via the absence form on the website. Upon receipt of your child’s negative test result, please coordinate a return date with our clinic assistant. Return dates may vary based on symptoms and direction from our district nurse.
- The types of COVID-19 tests that can be accepted for the student to return to school have been expanded. The brands that can be accepted can be found at this link (1st column on the chart).
- Additionally, the student must also be fever-free for at least 24 hours (without taking medication to reduce fever) AND have improvement in other symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) prior to returning to school.
Student is Confirmed Positive – Isolation Procedures:
- Parent/Guardian will submit this information through the absence form on the website and MUST provide a copy of the positive test attached to the submission.
- The Florida State Board of Education adopted an emergency rule requiring school districts to provide quarantined/isolated students with remote/virtual access to curriculum and assignments that are equivalent to the instruction being provided to students physically present in school. Therefore, all employees with student instructional or instructional support responsibilities are required to fully-support students who need to participate in daily instruction virtually during COVID-19 related quarantine/isolation. This includes, but is not limited to allowing students to live stream into the classroom for applicable instruction, providing access to classroom materials and assignments on google classroom, interacting with quarantined/isolated students via e-mail and/or phone, etc.
Attendance while in Isolation/Quarantine:
- Students that are well enough to participate remotely due to COVID-related isolation/quarantine will be provided a variety of techniques and technologies including live streaming instruction applicable to students, posting relevant materials in Google classroom, interacting through emails and phone calls, providing recorded lessons, and other techniques. Students that engage in instruction offered by the teacher will be considered in attendance. The instruction must continue the student’s access to assignments and curriculum the student would be receiving were the student physically present in school.
- If a parent chooses to “self-quarantine” their child without recommendation of the Pasco Department of Health or due to exposure of a positive individual, that child will be considered unexcused from school during that time.