Covid-19 Policies - Updated August 22, 2022
Black River continues to work closely with the Health Department for Covid-19 quarantining and isolation. There have been some changes to these procedures and the following information will help guide families on our current policies.
So, you’re experiencing symptoms…
All persons, regardless of vaccination status, who exhibit symptoms must follow the Flowchart for Symptomatic Individuals linked here when determining exclusion from school. If a student or staff member exhibits one symptom from the left column or two symptoms from the right column, they will be required to remain home until they receive a negative Covid-19 test result from an official lab, or alternate diagnosis from a medical professional. This is regardless of whether they were a close contact to a positive case or if they have tested positive in the past. If they are unable to obtain one of these two they will then need to follow isolation instructions listed below.
So, you’ve tested positive…
All persons, regardless of vaccination status, who test positive for Covid-19 are required to isolate at home. If symptoms have improved and they are fever free without medication, they may return to school on day 6 after the onset of symptoms, wearing a well fitting mask through day 10. If they are unable to wear a mask, isolation at home will continue through day 10. The date symptoms began, or date of positive test if there were no symptoms, is counted as day zero.
Close contact exposure
It is recommended that anyone exposed to Covid-19 wear a high-quality, well-fitting mask for 10 days and be tested on day 5. Regardless of vaccination status, if they remain asymptomatic during this period they are not required to quarantine but are asked to monitor for symptom development.
In this time of “Recovery” as defined by MDHHS, individuals are empowered to make the best decision for their individual situation regarding mitigation strategies including masks. This means that wearing a mask is a personal choice. Effective February 25, 2022, the CDC does not require wearing of masks on buses or vans operated by public or private school systems, including early care and education/child care programs. Along with the update to the CDC guidance, the Ottawa County Department of Public Health also confirmed that masking on school buses is no longer a requirement for school employees or students. In accordance with the guideline changes, masking on BRPS transportation will be optional beginning on Tuesday, March 1, 2022. Please know that our bus drivers will continue to have masks available should your child need or request one.
Black River Covid-19 Dashboard