Exposure Notice FAQ
1. If my child is at school when I receive the exposure notice what do I do? If your child is at school when you receive this notice, please come pick your child up as soon as possible and take them home to begin their quarantine.
2. Can my child return to ecla earlier than the date on the above exposure notice if they have a negative covid-19 test? No. Children must remain at home in quarantine until the date on the exposure notice regardless of a negative COVID-19 test. This is because they could have a negative test today, but begin exhibiting symptoms in several days and end up testing positive. The Florida Health Department requires a 10-day quarantine from the date of exposure.
3. can my other children that were not exposed still go to school? Yes, the health department considers parents and siblings secondary exposures. Only the child with direct exposure to the positive case is required to quarantine. If anyone in your family begins showing symptoms stay home and call your doctor.
4. What does "exposure" mean? Your child has come into close contact (within 6 feet for longer than 15 minutes) with someone that has tested positive for COVID-19. People are contagious for two days before they exhibit symptoms, so anyone that meets the close contact criteria in the days prior to the positive case showing symptoms must quarantine for 14 days.
5. do I have to pay tuition if my child has to quarantine? ECLA will continue to pay teachers and staff who are required to quarantine, so we are asking that you pay 50% of tuition to help us do that. If your family is in hardship and unable to do this, please reach out directly to the administrative team. If you choose to keep additional siblings at home that are not required to quarantine, there will be no tuition discount.
6. What symptoms should i be looking for while my child in in quarantine? The most common symptoms are fever, cough and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. Other symptoms could include (but are not limited to) chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea. Please do not send any child to school if they are experiencing these symptoms (even if they are not in a mandatory quarantine).
7. what should I do if my child or someone else in my family begins exhibiting symptoms of covid-19?
Call your doctor immediately to get tested.
8. if someone in my immediate family is getting tested for covid-19 because they are experiencing symptoms do my children need to stay out of school?
Yes, if someone in your immediate family is experiencing symptoms (or if you came into contact with someone that later tests positive for COVID-19) your children must remain out of school until the family member gets a negative test result. Please be honest and notify ECLA if you are keeping your child home because they are sick or because someone in your family is sick/getting tested for COVID-19.
9. will my information be passed onto the health department?
Yes, ECLA is required to provide a list of all exposed/quarantining students as well as their parents names and contact information. You may receive a call from the Florida Department of Health in Pasco County.