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Changes to Contact Tracing

Henry County Public Schools (HCPS) was recently notified of changes in the health department’s contact tracing program that we want to pass on to you.  Effective immediately, the health department will no longer be reaching out to individuals that have been exposed to COVID positive cases.  Instead, the health department wants us to identify contacts within our buildings and provide those contacts with information regarding the recommended quarantine period.

Based on these changes, HCPS will continue to follow the guidance of the CDC and local health department regarding the quarantine recommendation following a COVID exposure.  If you think that your school-age child(ren) has been exposed to COVID (as defined by closer than 6 feet for longer than 15 minutes in a 24-hour period), it is essential that you report that information to your child’s school immediately.  Our district nurses will then share information with you regarding the recommended quarantine period and when your child may return to in-person classes. Until that return date, students are excused from in-person attendance but can still participate virtually. Additionally, as previously outlined, families are also required to notify their child’s school within 24 hours of a positive COVID case within your household.   

As we strive to minimize exposure and spread of COVID-19, please know that the expectations and directives for HCPS staff are the same as for students.

If you have any questions regarding this change in policy, please feel free to reach out to our Health Services Coordinator, Melissa Jeffries, RN, at 845-8621.

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