Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Reporting
Rogers Public Schools students, staff and families are continually working hard to take precautions to protect health and safety. But in a pandemic, it is expected that there will be positive cases that impact the school community. To help prepare families, here are answers to some frequently asked questions.
How do I report a positive case?
Parents should report if their child has tested positive for COVID-19 to the school principal or nurse. Rogers Public Schools has designated a point of contact to coordinate communication between the district and the Arkansas Department of Health. The district’s point of contact is Charles Lee, assistant superintendent for general administration, and he can be reached at 479-636-3910 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What happens when a case is reported to the district?
Each school will report cases to the district Point of Contact, Charles Lee, assistant superintendent for general administration. The Point of Contact role is to
- Receive notification of all positive and suspected cases of COVID-19 in the district.
- Communicate directly with the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) about positive cases and Probable Close Contacts (PCC).
- Work with the ADH to assess the appropriate Response Level for On-Site Learning.
The guidance of the Arkansas Department of Health will determine the level of response and when it may be necessary for a classroom, a wing or an entire building to be closed for cleaning and sanitizing due to a positive COVID-19 case.
At times, certain individuals or groups who had close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 will be advised under ADH guidance that they will need to quarantine for 14 days.
School officials will assist the Arkansas Department of Health as they work on contact tracing, notification, and the next steps necessary.
If it is necessary to close a school, parents will be informed by phone, email and web announcements. Please ensure the school office has your current contact information.
If student and staff health allows, learning will continue remotely.
What can I expect to know about confirmed cases?
Anyone who has been identified as a close contact of a student or staff member testing positive for COVID-19 will be notified. All contact tracing will be handled confidentially in collaboration with the Arkansas Department of Health. Names are not allowed to be shared. We respectfully encourage students, staff and families to protect the privacy rights of others.
To keep our school community informed, we will share out the number of confirmed active cases on the district website. An overview is also available on the ACHI website for the school district’s region.
Who is considered to be a close contact?
For COVID-19, a probable close contact is anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 cumulative minutes or longer within a 24-hour period to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, during the infectious period.
What do all the terms mean? What is the difference between being asked to isolate or quarantine?
Find an explanation for all of the common terms here.
Where can I find more COVID-19 questions answered?
The CDC website has a comprehensive set of FAQs at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html.