Rockcastle County Schools, as required by the local health department, will continue contact tracing and will quarantine COVID-19 exposures based on the following guidance.
- The local health department reports and confirms COVID positive students to the district office on a daily basis. However, when notified of a COVID positive student by a parent/guardian, Rockcastle County Schools will attempt to confirm the positive test either by a statement from a doctor or proof of a positive test result.
- Once a positive case is confirmed, Rockcastle County Schools will begin contact tracing. We are required to go back two (2) days and determine students who were within 3 feet of the positive student for more than 15 minutes. If a student was farther than three (3) feet from the positive student WITH masks on the entire time, they will NOT need to quarantine.
- The date of quarantine is 10 days FROM the date of exposure for unvaccinated students.
- Students can participate in the Test-to-Stay program and continue to attend school as long as they have a negative COVID-19 test result. Click for details.
- After day 7 if the student is symptom-free and receives a negative COVID-19 test 5 days or later after the last date of exposure to the case, the student is released from quarantine.
- Unvaccinated students who have documented COVID-19 illness in the prior 3 months (with a positive COVID-19 PCR or antigen test) do not need to quarantine if they are symptom-free.
- Fully-vaccinated* students do not need to quarantine following an exposure to a person diagnosed with COVID-19 if he/she is not experiencing symptoms, but are recommended to be tested 3-5 days after an exposure.
- *Greater than 14 days have passed since receipt of the Janssen (J&J) vaccine or the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
Rockcastle County Schools will continue to work with local officials to monitor community transmission and other factors that will guide any need to alter COVID-19 protocols. Any change in protocol will be communicated to staff, students, families, and the Rockcastle County Community as soon as possible.