COVID-19 Isolation & Quarantine Guidance

  • Updated:  January 13, 2022

    COVID-19 Testing Options

    Positive Case Procedures

    For school nurse contact information, visit the School Nurse Directory.

    • Notify school nurse immediately.
    • Submit test results:
      • Email or fax results to school nurse.
      • For at-home tests, write name and test date on the test and take photo, then submit photo to school nurse.

    Isolation Procedures for Symptomatic and Asymptomatic Cases

    • Symptomatic Cases
      • Students are required to isolate for a minimum of 5 days from symptom onset (Day 0) or test date per Tennessee Department of Health guidelines.
      • To return to school on Day 6, the student needs to have been fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication along with improving symptoms.
      • If unsure, then please follow school return date guidance from a healthcare provider or school nurse.
    • Asymptomatic Cases
      • Students are required to isolate for a minimum of 5 days per Tennessee Department of Health guidelines.
      • Monitor for symptoms, should they develop, then please contact your school nurse.
      • If unsure, then please follow school return date guidance from a healthcare provider or school nurse.

    Household Positive Case Procedures

    A household contact is an individual who shares any living spaces with a case. This includes bedrooms, bathrooms, living rooms, kitchens, etc. 

    Example: “There’s a positive COVID-19 result in the household, and we have multiple school aged children but only affecting one student/family member at this time, what should we do?”

    • Monitor for symptoms for any other students in the household.
    • Should they develop, then please contact the school nurse(s) of the affected additional household student(s).

    If your child is experiencing any COVID symptoms, then please keep them home and communicate with your school.

    Masks are not mandated in our district, but they are available and free of charge at all of our schools.

COVID-19 Safety Procedures & Protocols 2021-2022

  • Wilson County Schools is committed to keeping all students, staff, and their families safe and healthy while educating students. The following mitigation measures will be in place when necessary during the 2021-2022 school year to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. These procedures are subject to change in response to the needs of Wilson County Schools and with input from the Wilson County Health Department. If an individual is given directives by the State or local health department that conflicts with these procedures, the health department instructions supersede the information provided here.

COVID-19 Protocols: Operational Systems

  • Wilson County Schools will implement the following mitigation measures when necessary in the operation of facilities and transportation.

    COVID19 Protocols Operational Systems

    Health Screenings

    • Symptom checks will be conducted once per week using standard questions recommended by the Tennessee Department of 
    • Temperature checks will be performed at the building entry daily when Wilson County’s 7-day new case rate exceeds 25 new cases per 100,000 residents.

    Routine Cleaning

    • Schools will continue to disinfect high touch surfaces and objects (for example, door handles, sink handles, toilets, drinking fountains) within the building and on school buses between each use as much as possible.
    • Schools will disinfect high touch surfaces and objects at least daily.

    Access to Sanitization

    • The District and/or school will provide sanitizing products and personal protective equipment (PPE) in all active classrooms.
    • Disinfecting stations will be established at select entrances to each school facility and throughout the school building.

    Transportation

    • Social distancing will be maintained on buses when possible. Parents who opt-in to transportation should not expect that their child(ren) will be physically distanced from their classmates during their ride to and from school.
    • Bus windows and roof vents will be open when possible.
    • Buses will be disinfected daily by the Transportation Department after afternoon routes.

COVID-19 Protocols: School-Based Mitigation Measures

  • COVID19 Protocols SchoolBased Mitgation Measures

    Each school administration will promote and ensure proper hygiene measures are in place throughout the school year. School administration will attempt to mitigate the risk of transmission of COVID-19 utilizing the following measures:

    Emphasis on Hygiene and Sanitization

    • Administration will ensure that a hand sanitizer station and face coverings are available in the front office area and throughout the building.
    • Administrators will place signage throughout building reminding students and staff to use proper handwashing procedures.

    Social Distancing

    • Students will continue to social distance when possible.
    • Schools may host gatherings such as assemblies or pep rallies, but should make every effort to socially distance.

    Facial Coverings

    • Facial coverings will be available at no cost to all individuals in each school front office.
    • Facial coverings will be optional for all individuals while on school property.

    Visitors

    • School administration will limit nonessential visitors from the school environment to prevent any additional COVID-19 exposure and limit the need for additional contact tracing.
    • School administrators will approve any essential visitors during the school day. Essential visitors are defined as those visitors volunteering within the school or those with essential school business with prior permission from school administration to enter the building. Parents and guardians will be considered essential visitors.
    • Essential visitors will be encouraged to conduct a self-screening of symptoms before entering thebuilding and will be advised of COVID-19 mitigation strategies, such as social distancing.

    Contact Tracing

    • School administrators will comply with School Board Policy 6.403, Student Communicable Diseases, in contact tracing and notification.
    • Identified positive cases will be communicated to the local Department of Health. The Department of Health will conduct any necessary contact tracing and administrators will coordinate with Department of Health officials.

COVID-19 Protocols: Continuity of Learning - Remote Instructional Programming

  • COVID19 Protocols Continuity of Learning

    Students quarantined pursuant to Tennessee Department of Health guidelines will have access to remote instruction during their period of quarantine. Remote learning details for students quarantined are outlined below:

    Initial Contact & Remote Learning Instruction

    • Once identified, a quarantined student will be contacted by their primary/homeroom teacher or school counselor.
    • Your child’s teacher(s) will connect with you on remote instruction requirements during the quarantine period. This will include expectations related to remote learning, as well as directions on how to access remote learning materials.

    Learning Materials

    • Staff will coordinate the pick-up of any necessary learning materials with the parent/guardian. Laptops/other needed technology may be taken home for use in synchronous and asynchronous learning activities.
    • The WCS Technology Department provides assistance for parents or students with technology questions.  Submit a ticket to the Student/Parent Technology Help Desk or call 615-547-7314 ext. 7314.

    Supports for Special Populations

    • For students receiving special education services, distance learning plans will be created for your student detailing the educational support to be received during the period of quarantine and an outline of synchronous or asynchronous activities to be completed.
    • ESL students will have access to ESL teacher support during their quarantine for synchronous and/or asynchronous learning. The ESL teachers coordinate carefully with the content teachers to ensure language supports are appropriate and in place for synchronous/asynchronous learning.

    Attendance and Participation Requirements

    Students who participate in remote instruction will be counted present if the student is engaging in remote instruction.

    Grades K-5

    For students in grades K-5, this may include, but is not limited to, any of the following:

    • Student submission of an assignment;
    • Student completion of an online assessment; Student participation in synchronous learning in an online classroom;
    • Student submittal of work via hard-copy or virtual formats;
    • A student-initiated phone call, e-mail, and/or other digital communication or response to teacher e-mail;
    • And/or other evidence of participation as determined by the principal or designee.

    Grades 6-12

    In order to be considered “in attendance,” students in grades 6-12 will be required to engage in some type of meaningful student engagement or interaction for each individual class scheduled for that school day. This may include, but is not limited to, any of the following:

    • Student submission of an assignment;
    • Student completion of an online assessment; Student participation in synchronous learning in an online classroom;
    • Student submittal of work via hard-copy or virtual formats;
    • A student-initiated phone call, e-mail, and/or other digital communication or response to teacher e-mail;
    • And/or other evidence of participation as determined by the principal or designee.