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Covid Plan

School Operations During the Covid-19 Endemic

July 21, 2022

At the start of the 2022-2023 school year, Southwest Dubois County Schools will continue with the same Covid plan that was approved and in place at the end of the previous school year.

On February 17, 2022, the ISDH announced that schools would no longer be required to contact trace close contacts of positive students. They indicated that the value and feasibility of contact tracing has waned. They cited asymptomatic and mild cases, unknown infection, shorter incubation periods and pandemic fatigue as reasons to eliminate this process.

In essence, Covid-19 has shifted from a pandemic to an endemic like other illnesses that we manage throughout the year such as the flu.

As a result, beginning Monday, February 21, 2022 Southwest Dubois County Schools will no longer require students to quarantine or be excluded from school if they are a close contact of individuals who test positive for Covid-19.

Students and staff who test positive for Covid-19 must still notify the school and will still be required to follow the guidance below:

  • Isolation/Quarantine Guidance
  • COVID-19 Positive
    • Must show proof of a positive test. A picture of a home test card with the student's name and date of test are required or a copy/documentation of lab test must be provided.
  • Isolate at home for 5 days
  • Return on day 6 if symptoms improved
  • Wear a mask in all school settings except while eating or drinking for 5 additional days.
    • *Must be fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication.

Virtual learning options will only be available to students who are isolating due to a verified case of Covid-19.

SWDCS will no longer provide BinaxNOW rapid testing for individuals.

Individuals may seek testing through other local sources.