September 13, 2021
Dear FAPS Families,
The Genesee County Health Department (GCHD) released updates to the current Emergency Health Order on September 10, 2021. The current mandate requires all Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade students, staff, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, to properly wear a facial covering while inside any enclosed educational building.
The full order can be found here: https://www.gchd.us/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/School-Masking-Order-Update-1.2-Dated-September-10-2021.pdf
The recent update includes the modification of the 10 day quarantine period for those individuals wearing a mask and identified as a close contact to a COVID-19 positive individual. If the student does not have symptoms, families will have choices that may allow a quarantined student to remain in school during what previously would have been a quarantine period.
Please review the following ways a student may remain in school when identified as a close contact:
- A fully vaccinated student who is deemed a close contact can remain in school if they were wearing a mask and monitor symptoms for 14 days after their exposure. It is recommended that testing for COVID-19 take place 3 to 5 days after exposure. If the exposed student receives a positive result, the student would need to follow COVID-19 positive protocols. Walk-in vaccination clinics are available for students age 12 and older. Clinics can be found here: https://www.gchd.us/vaccinescheduler/
- A student who is not fully vaccinated, does not have symptoms, and who is deemed a close contact (3 feet and 15 minutes), will have three choices:
- Complete the 10 day quarantine period at home.
- Take a rapid antigen test everyday for seven consecutive days. If the daily test result is negative, the student can attend school. If the daily result is positive, the student would need to follow COVID-19 positive protocols.
- Begin the 10 day quarantine period and take a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test on the 7th day. If there is a negative test result, the student may return to school. If there is a positive result, the student would need to follow COVID-19 positive protocols.
It is imperative that no matter the situation or option chosen, the exposed student should monitor for symptoms for 14 days following exposure.
If a family chooses daily testing, the test must be completed prior to the student returning to class. As we develop a long term plan that includes additional staff and locating a centralized testing center, we will be providing testing at Fenton High School, at no cost, beginning on Tuesday, September 14, 2021. Testing will be conducted by trained individuals.
Temporary Testing Location for Pre-K-12th Grade Students
- Fenton High School Cafeteria
- 6:30 a.m.-7:30 a.m.
- Parking is available on the east side of the auxiliary gym.
- Results are ready in 15-20 minutes.
- If the result is positive, students must follow all COVID-19 positive protocols.
- If the result is negative, students will receive documentation of the test date and time. The documentation must be turned into the student’s building administrator (main office) upon arrival at the school.
- Families are responsible for their own transportation to the testing site.
- Students are not allowed on the bus during quarantine time.
- Students should not ride with other students during quarantine time.
- Parents are allowed to enter the testing site with their child.
- Social distancing should be followed.
- Facial coverings must be worn inside school buildings.
If a family chooses to have their child begin the 10 day quarantine period then take a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) on the seventh day, they are responsible to make an appointment with their family doctor or other health service that provides the PCR test.
PCR test results will need to be submitted to the main office of the student’s building upon arrival.
We thank you again for the support and understanding you have shown as we continuously navigate through new protocols and updates to the Emergency Health Orders issued on September 2, 2021.
Dr. Adam Hartley