COVID-19 Policy / Guidance
Regardless of the type of illness, children must be kept out of school when they are sick, especially if the child is running a fever.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated their COVID-19 guidance to help people better understand how to respond to exposure to the virus and actions to take when they get a positive test. We recommend all families review these new guidelines to help you determine the best ways to keep yourself and your families safe and healthy, and we want to share a few important points from the guidance.
- Contact tracing is no longer considered an important means for slowing the spread of the virus as exposure happens in many types of shared places including work, school, church, stores, restaurants, and more
- Quarantining is no longer recommended for exposure to COVID-19
- Wearing a high-quality, well-fitting mask for 10 days is recommended when anyone over the age of two years old has been exposed to COVID-19
- Getting tested on the 5th day after COVID-19 exposure is recommended
- Isolation after a positive COVID-19 test should last at least 10 days
Considering the CDC guidance changes, we are revising our processes and would like to update families about these adjustments. The following will be effective Monday, September 19 2022 for CAP Tulsa children and families:
Exposure to COVID-19
- We will no longer call families for contact tracing due to exposure to COVID-19
- Children that have been exposed to COVID-19 will no longer be required to quarantine
- Children over the age of two that have been exposed should wear a mask for 10 days and be tested for COVID-19 on day 5 - Check with your healthcare provider or the Tulsa Health Department for testing information: Testing | Tulsa Health Department (tulsa-health.org)
Positive COVID-19 Test
- Families must notify the school if an enrolled child tests positive for COVID-19
- Children that test positive must isolate for at least 10 days and may not return to school until they are fever-free without medication AND have no symptoms or improving symptoms
Families with “at-risk” children should share our processes with
their child’s doctors to help them determine if their children should be
kept home from school beyond the 10 days after a positive test.
Attendance policies will be relaxed to help support families that may
need to make these decisions for at-risk children.
If your child is currently quarantined due to exposure, you will be directly contacted with more information regarding your child’s return to school.
We also want to remind families that regardless of the type of illness, children must be kept out of school when they are sick, especially if the child is running a fever.
To protect against serious illness, it is important for families to stay up to date on vaccinations. Everyone over the age of six months old is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine which protects children and adults from serious illness, hospitalization, and death. Check with your healthcare provider or the Tulsa Health Department for information on getting vaccinated: COVID-19 Vaccine | Tulsa Health Department (tulsa-health.org)
While COVID-19 has not gone away, it is moving to a new phase where we will need to react as we do to viruses like the flu and make the best choices we can for the health and safety of our employees, children, and families. We will continue to monitor community levels and guidance from the CDC, Tulsa Health Department, and the Office of Head Start, and will let you know as quickly as possible should we need to make changes to our processes. If you have any questions, please contact the School Leader.