Page Updated 8/11/2021
Please review the entire page to better understand our updated procedures. If you have any questions contact Katie Kersey (District POC) or your student’s building administrator.
Lamar COVID Protocol 21-22
(Employee, Student, Service Provider, Visitor)
Positive COVID Reporting
Report all positive results immediately (24/7) by phone or text to Katie Kersey (Point of Contact) at 479-733-8132. Use text after 4:30 p.m. and before 7:30 a.m.
Information Needed When You Call or Text
Report Positive COVID Results to Katie Kersey
Student Athletes (Testing Positive for COVID-19) must follow AAA Protocol for returning to athletics. It is important that parent, of athletes make sure they are in contact with the Lamar Athletic Director, if their child has tested positive. The Athletic Director will monitor the list of positives to make sure all students that have tested positive, reports to him. It is the responsibility of the parent/student to make sure the student does not return to sports/physical activity, until proper protocol has been followed.
COVID testing (Rapid or PRC) must be reported to Katie Kersey
Close Contacts off Campus (within 3’ for 15 minutes or more in a 24 hour period of time) must be reported to Katie Kersey
The Lamar School District will determine Close Contacts of all positive cases on our campus.
The Lamar School District will not determine Close Contact at events not associated directly to the Lamar School District.
If a parent determines their child is a close contact, due to contact outside of school, the parent needs to report it to Katie Kersey.
Close Contacts Determined by the Lamar School District (On Our Campus or at Our Event)
How to determine days of quarantine
Quarantined (Testing for COVID)
Current DESE Guidance For Schools (Click Here)
Below You Will Find 20-21 Information Updated For 21-22
Responding to Confirmed Positive Cases
The Lamar School District will continue to respond to all COVID related cases the same as we have. We will continue to follow the guidance of ADH and DESE. All positive cases will isolate for 10 days and all probable close contacts within 3’ for 15 min or more in a 24 hour period of time will be considered Close Contacts. The parents of the students determine to be Close Contacts will be contacted by the Building POC.
Continuation of Services
We will be updating this plan throughout the week to meet the need of a response to the increase in COVID cases. We believe the best education is face-to-face and strive to find ways to make that possible for all students.
Summer and Back-to-School Planning
The building plans will be updated with the current back to school plans before the start of school on Monday.
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Vaccination and Quarantine
The guidance is now that those who have been fully vaccinated DO NOT have to quarantine if they meet ALL of the following criteria:
Persons who do not meet all 3 of the above criteria should continue to follow current quarantine requirements after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
Students that have been vaccinated
Proof of vaccination will be required if used to not quarantine as a close contact. The proof must be on file or brought to school the following day. Proof will not be accepted at the time of the call but may be brought to school the following morning. The person under quarantine will not be allowed on campus until the nurse receives the proof and can call the parent releasing the student to return to school. If a student has been quarantined and their information isn’t currently on file, the student will miss at least one day until the proof of vaccination can be turned in and processed.
COVID-19 Information - Quarantine
Quarantine is an important way to stop the spread of COVID-19. It means staying home and away from others after you have been exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19.
If you are a close contact to a person with COVID-19, you need to quarantine for a period from the time of the exposure. Close contact, generally, means you were within 6 feet of the person for at least 15 minutes total while they were infectious. COVID-19 patients are considered infectious two days before their symptoms started, or two days before their positive test if they do not develop symptoms. All close contacts should get tested for COVID-19 at least five (5) days after (on day 6) the last exposure to the positive person.
If you are a close contact, you need to quarantine even if you don’t feel sick and even if you have received a negative test.
LENGTH OF QUARANTINE
The incubation period of the virus that causes COVID-19 is up to 14 days. Therefore, the safest quarantine period would last 14 days from the most recent exposure to the positive patient.
In accordance with CDC and ADH guidelines, quarantine can end after 10 days without testing if no symptoms have occurred. Or, it can end after 7 days if no symptoms have occurred and a test returned a negative result. Note that the test sample must have been collected at least 5 days (on day 6) after exposure. Send-off PCR tests are preferred, but rapid PCR or antigen tests are acceptable.
If you are exposed again during quarantine, the period must start over again. If you develop symptoms you must stay home and return to the original 14 day quarantine. If you test positive for COVID-19 during the quarantine period, you must follow the instructions for isolating yourself. You must contact Mrs. Kersey concerning the symptoms and be released by him via phone prior to coming back to school.
If you choose the 7 days of quarantine, and before you return (day 8), you must text/email the results of the test, and have contacted the building POC via phone prior to being released to come back to school.
If you choose the 10 days of quarantine, and before you return (day11), you must be released by the District or Building POC prior to coming back to school.
Mrs. Kersey (POC) 479-733-8132
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Lamar School District participates in the Arkansas Public School Choice Act 560 of 2015. Any parent residing outside the Lamar School District that desires to send their child to Lamar Schools beginning with the 2019-2020 school year may obtain an application in the superintendent’s office at 301 Elberta Street, Lamar, AR 72846. The application must be postmarked no later than May 1 of the year in which the pupil would begin the fall semester at the nonresident district. Parents are encouraged to have the application submitted as soon as possible as the new School Choice Law has a 3% cap limitation on the number of applications that can be accepted. Applications do not have to be resubmitted for any students currently attending Lamar Schools under the School Choice Act. This notice is prepared in accordance with Arkansas statute 6-18-227.
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