COVID Screening & Exposure

Home Screening Expectations
During the 2022-2023 school year we ask that all students take precautions and follow proper health practices to keep everyone safe and healthy in our schools. If a student is not feeling well they should not attend school. We recommend that the student receive a COVID-19 test, based on the following symptom list, but will not require proof of a test prior to returning to school:

  • Fever (100.0° Fahrenheit or higher), chills, or shaking chills
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Muscle aches or body aches
  • Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)
  • Sore throat, when in combination with other symptoms
  • Nausea, vomiting, when in combination with other symptoms
  • Headache, when in combination with other symptoms
  • Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies), when in combination with other symptoms 

On July 28, 2022, the Wisconsin Department of Public Education (DPI) released guidance on COVID-19 infection control and mitigation measures for the 2022-2023 school year. This guidance was developed in consultation with the Department of Health Services and in support of the CDC guidance for schools. Below is a summary of this guidance:

The DPI’s role in providing the following recommendations for the school setting is to provide a balance between science-based mitigation measures and creating an environment conducive to schools operating during a third pandemic year. These recommendations are for school operations only and not public health recommendations for individuals, communities, or other workplaces.

COVID-19 has elevated the awareness of the importance of infection prevention and control in the school setting. The basics of infection prevention include: 

  • Staying home (not coming to school) when you are ill (seeking medical attention when necessary) 
  • Cleaning and disinfecting classrooms, materials, and surfaces
  • Providing good ventilation and airflow
  • Washing hands and using good cough etiquette (using hand sanitizer if water is not available and covering your cough)
  • Vaccination against vaccine-preventable illnesses

When managing symptomatic/ill students, schools should follow the guidelines below:

  • Students who test positive should isolate for 5 days. If they are asymptomatic or symptoms are resolving and they have been fever-free for 24 hours, they may return to school after Day 5 (Day 0 is the day of test or onset of symptoms)   
  • For students who return to school after testing positive, it is recommended that they mask for 5 days  
  • Schools are not required to conduct contact tracing as a standard practice
  •  Asymptomatic (exposed) students, regardless of where the exposure occurred, no longer need to quarantine.

Resources

Area COVID-19 Testing Locations

As recommended by Dr. Chuck Sepers, our City of Appleton Public Health Officer, we encourage families to stay updated on the City of Appleton’s website as it relates to testing locations, our community level, and COVID-19 prevention steps.

From the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI): COVID-19 Infection Control and Mitigation Measures for Wisconsin Schools 2022/2023

From Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS): COVID-19: K-12 Schools