Reporting Positive COVID-19 Cases and Contact Tracing

To protect all students, staff and families in our school community, protocols are in place for reporting any positive COVID-19 cases of students and staff participating in face-to-face learning under the Hybrid Model.  Drew’s COVID Support Team, comprised of key school facilities and operations staff, will work to mitigate risks and address potential cases.

If a student tests positive for COVID-19:

  • The student and/or any household members who are members of the Drew community should not come to campus.
  • The student’s family should immediately contact the nurse that serves their academy.

Elementary Academy Contact: 
Nurse Graves
Email: kaye.gearringgraves@drewcharterschool.org

Junior/Senior Academy Contact:
Nurse Bello
Email: charmaine.bello@drewcharterschool.org

  • The exposed area(s) will be closed off for up to 24 hours. Cleaning and disinfection of area(s) will be performed by appropriate staff.
  • The student that test positive will isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms or positive test, and close contacts are quarantined 14 days from the last day exposed to the positive case.
  • The student will need to consult with their doctor, and Drew’s nurse will encourage them to be re-tested to indicate that they are negative for COVID-19 prior to returning to school.

Drew’s COVID-19 Support Team will notify any Drew community members* who have had close contact with the affected student and the appropriate response protocols will be implemented based on potential exposure. The affected student’s identity will be protected.

  • Determined close contacts of the student will be quarantined at home for 14 days since the last exposure to the student who tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Close contacts in quarantine should be tested and should self-monitor for symptoms and seek medical advice as needed. A negative test in the 14-day window does not change the quarantine time.

If a teacher/staff member tests positive for COVID-19:

  • The teacher/staff member should stay at home and follow the protocols by contacting the nurse and Human Resources immediately.
  • The nurse and identified Support Team will determine the Drew community members* with whom the teacher/staff member has been in contact. The affected teacher's identity will be protected.
  • The exposed area(s) will be closed off for up to 24 hours. Cleaning and disinfection of area(s) will be performed by appropriate staff.

The Drew COVID-19 Support Team will notify any Drew community members who have had close contact with the affected teacher and the appropriate response protocols will be implemented based on potential exposure.

  • Determined close contacts of the teacher will be quarantined at home for 14 days since the last exposure to the staff member who tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Close contacts in quarantine should be tested and should self-monitor for symptoms and seek medical advice as needed. A negative test in the 14-day window does not change the quarantine time.

*All parents/guardians in the affected classroom/group/etc. will be notified within 24 hours of the school receiving notice of a positive COVID-19 notification.
 

If a staff member or student tests positive for COVID-19, the Support Team will guide the family/staff member in determining the Drew community members with whom they have been in contact and the campus locations that were visited. The affected community member’s identity will be protected.

  • The Support Team will notify Drew community members* who have had contact with the affected Drew community member and the appropriate response protocols will be implemented.
  • A household member who tested positive should remain home isolated as recommended by the CDC for 10 days since the symptoms first appeared and at least 24 hours have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) have improved.
  • Household members of the affected person should monitor for symptoms and are quarantined from campus activities for 14-days after the last exposure to the positive household member.

*All parents/guardians in the affected classroom/group/etc.will be notified within 24 hours of the school receiving notice of a positive COVID-19 notification.