Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: What is a close contact?
    A: SCDHEC defines any student within 3 feet of a positive COVID-19 case for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more during a 24-hour period is considered a close contact. A: Any adult within 6 feet of a positive COVID-19 case for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more during a 24-hour period is considered a close contact.

    Q: What is “fully vaccinated?”
    A: An individual is considered fully vaccinated when having received a completed vaccination series (Moderna, Pfizer – 2 doses, JJ – 1 dose), and it has been 14 days since the final dose.

    Q: Can I ask if someone is vaccinated or require proof of vaccination?
    A: Documentation of vaccination cannot be required; however, individuals may voluntarily provide documentation of vaccination in order to avoid quarantine. Individuals who decline documentation of vaccination will receive quarantine guidance as a household contact or close contact respectively.

    Q: Can masks be required for those entering the school health room?
    A: Individuals being assessed, tested, or dismissed from attendance due to respiratory symptoms will be required to wear a face covering while in the designated area, and also when in transit to/from these areas.

    Q: Who is responsible for taking COVID-19 reports?
    A: All student COVID-19 reports should be referred to the respective school Nurse. All employee COVID-19 reports should be referred to Joy Robinson, Dir. Health Services.

    Q: Who is responsible for after-hours reporting, tracking and tracing?
    A: AJ Fernanders, RN: Monday – Friday, 4:00p – 8:00p Tonicia Dorch, RN: Friday, 4:00p – 8:00p Saturday & Sunday, 1:00p – 7:00p

    Q: What guidance will be implemented for COVID-19 Contacts?
    A: District Seven will continue the 10-day option for quarantine regarding close contacts and household contacts as applicable. Note, individuals returning under the 10-day quarantine guidance will not be permitted to participate in close contact activities through day 14.

    Q: What is the procedure for positive case trends within our District?
    A: In accordance with SCDHEC, if 3 or more COVID-19 cases are identified within a classroom or other cohort within 14 days of each other, consideration will be given to excluding all students and staff within that cohort for 14 days following the last contact with a COVID-19 case.

    Q: Will at-home test results be honored?
    A: In accordance with SCDHEC, District Seven will exercise caution when accepting results from athome/over the-counter self-test due to the possibility of improper specimen collection and misinterpretation of the result. The SCDHEC decision grid will be utilized for guidance determination and can be found at https://scdhec.gov/sites/default/files/media/document/Childcare-COVID-guidanceresponse-to-a-case-05.07.21.pdf