UPDATED AUGUST 31, 2021

Contact Department: Head of School 

Oversight Executive: Head of School

Scope: These required protocols apply to anyone on an ISI campus, including but not limited to all students, staff, faculty, contractors, vendors, suppliers, and visitors.

Definition of terms:
Close Contact: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a close contact is a person who spends greater than 15 minutes within six feet of a positive COVID-19 person from the 48 hours prior to the positive person’s symptom onset or positive test collection date if asymptomatic. 

For purposes of this policy an individual is considered a close contact if any of following is true: 

  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19.
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them). 
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils.
  • They sneezed, coughed or somehow got respiratory droplets on you.

Keep in mind that anyone who lives with or stayed overnight for at least one night in a household with the infected person while he or she was infectious is at highest risk.

These close contact criteria apply regardless of mask use, face shields, or physical barriers, such as Plexiglas or plastic barriers. The only exception is if a healthcare worker in a school setting is wearing the proper personal protective equipment. 

When an individual’s symptom, contact, or test status changes, their quarantine or isolation requirements should be reassessed. Fundamentally, a close contact is anyone you think has had enough exposure to transmit infection.

Contact Tracing: Contact tracing is used by health departments to prevent the spread of infectious disease. In general, contact tracing involves identifying people who have an infectious disease and their contacts (people who have been exposed) and working with them to interrupt disease transmission. To accomplish this, it is essential that the school have available students’ schedules, assigned seats, bus seating, cohort groups, lunch seating, extracurricular activities and other potential contact settings. 

Fully Vaccinated: For the purposes of this policy, people are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 ≥2 weeks after they have received the second dose in a two-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or ≥2 weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson [J&J]/Janssen); there is currently no post-vaccination time limit on fully vaccinated status. The CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people continue to take the following COVID-19 precautions when in public, when visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple other households, and when around unvaccinated people who are at high risk of getting severely ill from COVID-19:

  • Wear a well-fitted mask.
  • Stay at least six feet from people you do not live with.
  • Avoid medium- and large-sized in-person gatherings.
  • Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Follow guidance issued by individual employers.
  • Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations. 

Isolation: Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick. For COVID-19, this means that the sick person stays in a separate bedroom or separate area of your home and stays away from others. This includes staying home from school and any activities. Currently, guidance from the CDC states that COVID-19 positive people with symptoms isolate for 10 days from the start of their symptoms, be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, and show improvement of symptoms. Individuals who test positive without symptoms should isolate for 10 days from the date their sample was collected.

Quarantine: Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. Since people who were around other sick people are more likely to get sick themselves, quarantine prevents them from unintentionally spreading the virus to other people even before they realize they are sick. Usually, people who are in quarantine stay at home and avoid going out or being around other people. This includes staying home from school and other activities. Although the CDC advises that close contacts of a COVID-19 positive individual quarantine for 14 days after last exposure, this time frame may be shortened to 7-10 days if certain criteria are met. Please see guidance under the Exclusion and Return to School Criteria section of this webpage. 

Indiana Centralized Contact Tracing Program (ICCTP): The contact tracing program is supported by the Indiana State Department of Health. Contact tracers collect information on positive cases and their close contacts. The close contacts are notified, and quarantine and symptom monitoring are explained. Positive cases and close contacts get texted daily to follow up on symptoms.

Policy Statement: The COVID-19 Procedures for Illness continue to change, but are developed based on the most recent guidance from public health officials, and the situations and circumstances that might occur and that may require ISI to pause or shut down some or all of our facilities and therefore in-person learning. Therefore, ISI is taking the following measures to provide for the health and safety of our entire campus community while continuing to provide educational and other essential services to our students and their families. 

Reason for Policy:

1. Provides guidance on how public health and safety measures will be implemented until International School of Indiana is able to return to normal operation in accordance with all public health and governmental orders.

Procedures

FULLY VACCINATED INDIVIDUALS

Most fully vaccinated people with no COVID-like symptoms do not need to quarantine or be excluded from campus following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, but they should adhere to the following:

Fully Vaccinated Students, Faculty, and Staff with COVID-19 Symptoms

Although the risk that fully vaccinated people could become infected with COVID-19 is low, any fully vaccinated person who experiences symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should be excluded from school, be clinically evaluated for COVID-19, and tested for SARS-CoV-2 if indicated.

Fully Vaccinated Students, Faculty, and Staff with No COVID-19 symptoms following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19

Fully vaccinated people who have come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 should be tested 3-5 days following the date of their exposure. ISI will accept either a PCR or rapid test for both asymptomatic and symptomatic people. Tests must be done in a clinical setting. Campus exclusion is not required while awaiting test results, unless the individual lives in the same household as a confirmed COVID-19 case. Individuals will be excluded from campus in accordance with the procedures outlined below if they test positive. 

Test results should be submitted to the school nurse via the COVID-19 Test Results Submission Form.

SYMPTOMS IMPACTING CONSIDERATION FOR EXCLUSION FROM SCHOOL

Students, faculty, and staff should be excluded from school if they test positive for COVID-19 or exhibit any of the following symptoms of COVID-19 based on ​CDC guidance​ ​that is not otherwise explained:

  • Temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher 
  • Sore throat 
  • New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (for students with chronic allergic/ asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline) 
  • Diarrhea, vomiting or abdominal pain 
  • New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever
  • New loss of taste or smell

If a student tests positive for COVID-19, parents are asked to call (317) 923-1951, ext.500 to report this information immediately. This phone number will be monitored on both weekends and weekdays. Reporting a positive COVID-19 case is critical in our ability to perform contact tracing and modifying current teaching schedules. 

Families who may have COVID-19 questions may contact Nurse Carol Mark at cmark@isind.org or at (317) 923-1951 ext.114.

EXCLUSION AND RETURN TO SCHOOL CRITERIA

Students, faculty, or staff members may be excluded from the school as described below. To return, they must satisfy the below guidelines, established based on current guidance from the Indiana Department of Health and the CDC. 

For individuals who are NOT a known close-contact to a COVID-19 case:

Not tested for COVID-19

  • Symptomatic:
    • The individual must remain home for at least 10 days since the first symptoms began AND be fever free without the use of fever-reducing medications for 24 hours AND provide proof of a negative coronavirus test to the school.
    • Siblings and household members should follow the close contact guidelines below for exclusion.
    • If diagnosed with another condition that explains the symptoms, such as influenza or strep throat, no isolation or quarantine of close contacts is necessary.
  • No Symptoms:
    • May attend school.

Tested and negative for COVID-19

  • Symptomatic:
    • The individual must be fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications, unless advised otherwise by a healthcare provider.
    • If diagnosed with another condition, the individual must complete the exclusion period for the diagnosed disease.
  • No Symptoms:
    • May attend school

Tested and positive for COVID-19

  • Symptomatic:
    • The individual must isolate at home for at least 10 days since the first symptoms began AND be fever free without the use of fever-reducing medications for 24 hours AND with improvement in symptoms. 
    • Repeat testing is NOT recommended for making decisions about when people can return to work or school.
    • Siblings, household members, and other close contacts should follow the close contact guidelines below.
  • No Symptoms:
    • Must isolate at home for 10 days after the day the sample was collected.
    • Siblings, household members, and other close contacts should follow the close contact guidelines below.

For individuals who are a known close-contact to a COVID-19 case:

Not tested for COVID-19

  • Symptomatic:
    • The individual must quarantine for 10 days after the last contact with the COVID-19-positive person or isolate 10 days until fever free with symptoms improved, whichever is longer. 
    • If the exposure is to a household member and the case cannot properly isolate away from others at home, the last date of contact may be the last day of isolation for the case. 
    • The individual must also remain home for at least 10 days since the first symptoms began AND be fever free without the use of fever-reducing medications for 24 hours AND with improvement of symptoms. 
    • The criteria in both of the above bullets must be met before returning to school. 
    • Siblings, household members, and other close contacts should also follow these guidelines to determine quarantine length.
  • No Symptoms
    • Must quarantine for 10 days from the date of last exposure before returning to school and continue to monitor for symptoms through day 14.
    • If the exposure is to a household member and the case cannot properly isolate away from others at home, the last date of contact may be the last day of isolation for the case.

Tested and negative for COVID-19

  • Symptomatic:
    • If an individual who is a close contact becomes symptomatic, refer to the symptomatic scenarios above. The individual must quarantine for 10 days after contact with the COVID-19-positive person and monitor symptoms through day 14, even if the student has an alternate diagnosis for symptoms. If the close contact tests positive, isolation starts on the day of symptom onset and isolation may end prior to the last day of quarantine or after the 10 days of quarantine.
  • No Symptoms:
    • Must quarantine for 10 days from the date of last exposure and report no symptoms during the 10 days before returning to school.
    • Quarantine can end after day 7 if a diagnostic specimen tests negative and no symptoms were reported during the 7 days. The specimen may be collected and tested within 48 hours before the time of planned quarantine discontinuation (day 5 or after), but quarantine cannot be discontinued earlier than after day 7. This specimen may be a rapid antigen test.
    • If the exposure is to a household member and the case cannot properly isolate away from others at home, the last date of contact may be the last day of isolation for the case.
    • Individuals who receive a negative test after day 7 or report no symptoms after day 10 may discontinue quarantine. However, individuals must continue monitoring the following symptoms until day 14:
      • Daily symptom monitoring continues through day 14
      • The person has shown no symptoms of COVID-19 at any point during the entirety of quarantine up to the time at which quarantine is discontinued
      • All recommended preventative measures continue through day 14
      • Practice good hygiene by washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
      • Stay at least six feet from other people
      • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when around others
      • Clean frequently touched surfaces often
      • If you are able, the safest option is to follow previous guidance and quarantine for 14 days without testing.

Tested and positive for COVID-19

  • Symptomatic:
    • The individual must isolate at home for at least 10 days since the first symptoms began AND be fever free without the use of fever-reducing medications for 24 hours AND with improvement in symptoms.
    • Repeat testing is NOT recommended for making decisions about when people can return to work or school. 
    • Siblings, household members, and other close contacts should also follow these guidelines to determine quarantine length.
  • No Symptoms:
    • Must isolate at home for 10 days after the day the sample was collected.
    • Siblings, household members, and other close contacts should follow the close contact guidelines.

Household Exposure

If a student, faculty, or staff member has symptoms of COVID-19 as described above and tests positive or does NOT get tested for COVID-19, then siblings and household members should be considered close contacts and advised to quarantine. If the symptomatic person is diagnosed with another condition that explains the symptoms, or tests negative, then no quarantine for close contacts is necessary, but a provider’s note with alternate diagnosis will be needed to return to school. 

A symptomatic student, faculty, or staff member and anyone living in their household should quarantine while waiting for test results.

Testing locations in Indiana can be found using this link: https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/2524.htm.

ON-CAMPUS CASES AND TREATMENT SPACES

On-Campuses Clinic Space: COVID-19 Related Cases

The following spaces will be used to service all students and staff who display COVID-19 symptoms:

  • Lower School 49th Street Building: front office on the east side of the building
  • Upper School Blackwell Building: room connected to the front office
  • Upper School Taurel Building: room in the administration hallway

These clinics will service all students and staff who display COVID-19 symptoms. Spaces are disinfected several times throughout the day, and immediately after care of staff or students with fevers or symptoms associated with COVID-19 or any other illness.

Students who do not display symptoms of COVID-19 can also be seen and treated in these clinic spaces. However, should a clinic space be in use for COVID-19, the front desk of their respective school building serves as an alternative space. These would include students who are injured during the school day or students with special health care needs such as those with chronic health conditions (i.e. diabetes or seizures), those requiring medical treatments, and those with individual health plans.

Confirmed Case of COVID-19 on School Property

When there is confirmation that a person infected with COVID-19 was on school property, including visiting athletes, the school nurse will contact the Marion County Public Health Department and Indiana State Department of Health immediately. The school nurse is a certified contact tracer and will notify any members of the ISI community if there is suspected COVID-19 exposure. 

The school will work with the local health department to assess factors such as the likelihood of exposure to employees and students in the building, the number of cases in the community, and other factors that will determine building closure. It is the responsibility of the local health department to contact the person confirmed with COVID-19, inform direct contacts of their possible exposure, and give instructions to those involved with the confirmed case, including siblings and other household members regarding self-quarantine and exclusions.

The individual who tested positive will not be identified in communications to the school community at large but may need to be selectively identified for contact tracing by the local health department. If a closure is determined necessary, ISI will consult with the local health department to determine the status of school activities including extracurricular activities, co-curricular activities, and before- and after-school programs.

Cleaning Procedures

As soon as the school becomes aware of a student or employee who has been exposed to or has been diagnosed with COVID-19, the custodial staff will be informed, so that impacted building or bus areas, furnishings, and equipment are thoroughly disinfected. 

Remote learning for students excluded from campus due to illness

Remote learning will be offered to students excluded from campus due to illness/health reasons beginning on the fourth day of absence. Refer to the Attendance and Remote Learning policy for additional information.  

DECISION MAKING

The school uses three criteria to assist school healthcare staff and public health officials in determining if a student or faculty/staff member needs to be excluded from the facility for COVID-19 quarantine or isolation: close contact, symptoms, and COVID-19 test status. 

  • First, determine if the individual was a close contact to a COVID-19 case based on the above definition.
  • Second, determine if the individual is showing symptoms of COVID-19 (symptomatic) or not.
  • Finally, determine if the individual was tested for COVID-19 and the result of the test. Key definitions are provided above.

NOTIFICATION TYPES

ISI will not send a notification of every student, staff, or faculty member who is excluded from campus due to illness. 

If a student or employee is excluded from campus for a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19, relevant cohorts/pods/buildings will receive a notification and it will be in accordance with the following action steps:

  1. Case reported to ISI certified contract tracer/school nurse. 
  2. Impacted individual immediately excluded from campus while awaiting test results.
  3. Required reporting to local and state health officials completed by ISI leadership and certified contact tracer.
  4. Health officials and ISI certified contact tracer determine need for any additional exclusions by individual, cohort, pod, or building.
  5. COVID-19 Dashboard updated. This webpage can be found via the Parent Portal.
  6. Confirmation of exclusion email delivered to impacted families.