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Please contact your child’s school nurse directly if your child tests positive for COVID-19, is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or is Quarantined for being a close contact of someone testing positive for COVID-19. This is very important to complete DHEC reporting and close contact tracing and notification in a timely manner. The nurses are working hard to keep up with the growing numbers of cases.
COVID Positive at-home test (We do not accept home results to avoid future quarantine.)
 
  • Not Vaccinated: Isolate and confirm positive result with a test performed by a healthcare provider — We do not accept home results to avoid future quarantine.
  • Fully Vaccinated: Isolate and confirm positive result with a test performed by a healthcare provider — We do not accept home results to avoid future quarantine.

COVID Positive healthcare provider test, symptoms present

  • Not Vaccinated - Isolate for minimum of 10 days from onset of symptoms, longer if symptoms persist
  • Fully Vaccinated - Isolate for minimum of 10 days from onset of symptoms, longer if symptoms persist

COVID Positive healthcare provider test, no symptoms

  • Not Vaccinated - Isolate for minimum of 10 days from the date of testing
  • Fully Vaccinated - Isolate for minimum of 10 days from the date of testing

 Close contact of a positive person

  • Not Vaccinated - Quarantine for 14 days. 
  • Fully Vaccinated - No quarantine required but must monitor for symptoms for two weeks, wear a mask, and socially distance.

 Household contact of a positive person

  • Not Vaccinated - IF positive person isolates, 14-day quarantine for household members starts after the last day of contact with positive person.
    • If a student cannot avoid the person testing positive, this means a 24-day quarantine- during the 10-day isolation period of the person testing positive, then 14 day quarantine begins after the person testing positive completes isolation.
  • Not Vaccinated - IF you can avoid person testing positive for their full 10 days of isolation, quarantine period is 14 days
  • Fully Vaccinated - No quarantine required but must monitor for symptoms for two weeks, wear a mask, and socially distance.

Close contact of a close contact

  • Not Vaccinated - No quarantine required
  • Fully Vaccinated - No quarantine required

 Individuals with symptoms of COVID-19 (but no known exposures to COVID-19)
Individuals should be excluded from school if they have any of the following with or without fever:

  •  Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing -or -
  •  Loss of taste or smell -or –
  •  New or worsening cough

If these symptoms are explainable by an underlying condition (such as shortness of breath for an individual with asthma) exclusion may not be necessary. This is not a complete list of all symptoms of COVID-19, but only those that should trigger an automatic exclusion and evaluation for COVID-19. Other symptoms may include fever, chills, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea/vomiting, or diarrhea. A person is able to spread the virus up to two (2) days before they have any symptoms, but many COVID-19 cases show no symptoms at all.

CDC continues to recommend quarantine for 14 days after last exposure. However, there are options to reduce the duration of quarantine in either of the following two scenarios. While these options may be available in other districts, Richland Two is currently only offering the standard 14-day Quarantine due to the large numbers of students and employees in isolation and quarantine. We hope to be able to offer shortened quarantine options in the future.

Close Contact Notifications vs. Proximity to a person testing positive for COVID-19
Richland Two has begun notifying large numbers of parents of students designated as a close contact who is placed into quarantine via the district’s mass notification system, Blackboard. A close contact occurs when someone is less than 3 feet from another student or less than 6 feet from an adult who has tested positive for COVID-19, for more than 15 cumulative minutes. 

We want parents to pay close attention to these messages. Therefore, we are not routinely notifying parents of students who are considered to be in the proximity of a person testing positive. Proximity means that the student is more than 3 feet from another student testing positive or more than 6 feet from an adult testing positive or was around the positive for less than 15 cumulative minutes.  


A NOTE ABOUT NEBULIZERS: As with last year, Richland School District Two, in consultation with our Superintendent’s Health Advisory Council, will not be performing aerosol generating-procedures (AGP) such as nebulizer treatment in the school setting. Our health care advisors feel the risk exposure from AGP’s is high in the school setting due to the pandemic. Many of our pediatrician’s offices are not performing nebulizer treatment in their practices. Their recommendation is to have parents provide a spacer to go with their multi-dose inhaler. Since a cough is an exclusionary symptom, we have to work closely with parents and physicians to balance a cough from asthma and a cough from COVID-like symptoms.
 

COVID Testing Site at R2i2

Richland Two continues to partner with DHEC to offer COVID-19 PCR testing Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesday to accommodate any teachers and students at a drive-throuhg testing site located at R2i2, 763 Fashion Drive. You can pre-register to save time at the site by clicking on the following link: https://app.auratracker.org/signup/276


​** Richland Two saw a large increase in the number of cases reported between Aug. 14-16 and Aug. 17-19. It is important to note that this increase does not mean that all of the positives or close contactes occurred within the school setting. The start of school Wednesday resulted in an increase in reports being made to school nurses by parents. Some of these positives and close contacts are for students who have yet to report to school, which means they tested positive or experienced a close contact before school started. We report the numbers based on when we are notified not on when a diagnosis or close contact occurs.