Instructions for Close COVID Contact

If a person in your child's class, activity, sport or bus route tests positive for COVID-19, you will receive a call and/or email from the Ephrata School District.

Quarantine for Close Contact: 
Quarantine is when someone who has been exposed to COVID-19 stays home and away from others for the recommended period of time in case they were infected and are contagious. Quarantine becomes isolation if the person later tests positive or develops symptoms.

Ephrata School District recommends that, following student or staff notification of close contact:

If unvaccinated: 

Days 0 to 5: Students or staff will stay home. They may return to school on
                        day six if they test negative on day five or the morning of day

Day 6 to 10: Upon return students and staff will diligently wear their face
                        mask over their nose and mouth during days six through 10. If
                        student or staff can not wear a mask for days six through 10.
                        They must remain in quarantine for a full 10 days.

If fully vaccinated:

Students or staff do not have to quarantine if they are not displaying symptoms. Ephrata Schools recommend testing on day five after exposure to confirm the individual is not positive. For 10 days following exposure, the student or staff should continue to diligently wear a well fitting mask over their nose and mouth.

If individual does not want to test:
Students or staff that do not want to test must quarantine for 10 days, even if they do not display symptoms. The individual can return to school on day 11. 

Not Close Contact: If your child is not in close contact, you will receive an automated call that asks you to monitor your student's health. 

Monitoring COVID Instructions:
Children often have mild symptoms of COVID-19. Please monitor your student and other household members for the following:

  Fever (100.4 +) or chills
  Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  Unusual fatigue
  Muscle or body aches
  Recent loss of taste or smell
  Sore throat
  Congestion or runny nose
  Nausea or vomiting

If your student experiences any symptoms, do not allow them to go to school. Please keep sick people home. Anyone with symptoms should get tested. It is important to call ahead before taking your child to a healthcare provider and to wear a mask when you visit the clinic.

Please help us protect your family and community. If you have questions, please contact your school nurse or the Grant County Health District (509) 766-7960.
                     Nurse Pam        Nurse Shellie
                    Pam Cleveringa, RN BSN
(509) 754-7232
      Shellie Hansen, RN BSN
(509) 754-7233
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