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Lincoln County Schools

Covid Update

Have you been in close contact with someone that has tested positive for COVID-19? (been with them for longer than 15 minutes over a 24-hour period and closer than 6 feet apart)
You may return to school 14 days from contact with no symptoms. If symptoms develop, obtain a test and isolate. A negative test does not negate exclusion from school for 14 days.
If the close contact lives in the same household, the exclusion from school may be for 24 days.
A close contact meeting the following criteria need not quarantine: Diagnosis with COVID-19 within 90 days of exposure AND has recovered AND remains without symptoms of COVID-19. Documentation showing test date must be provided.
Antibody test with no COVID-19 diagnosis is not approved for return to school or exemption from exclusion.
Have you been tested for COVID-19?
Positive test---You may return to school 10 days AFTER the test was taken and the Health Department releases you with a letter saying you may return to school.
Do you have symptoms?
Symptom categories:
LOW RISK—chills, congestion/runny nose, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, sore throat, headache, myalgia, fatigue
HIGH RISK—new cough, difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell, fever of 100.4 (F) or higher
If you have ONE Low Risk symptom, you may return to school 24 hours after you are symptom free
If you have TWO Low Risk symptoms OR ONE High Risk symptom, you may return to school 10 days from onset of symptoms AND be symptom free for 24 hours.
If you have TWO Low Risk symptoms OR ONE High Risk symptom, you may return to school with a medical provider’s note reflecting acceptable diagnosis and be 24-hours fever and symptom free.
If you do not have a note from a medical provider with an acceptable diagnosis, you may return to school in 10 days and are 24 hours symptom free
*****Examples of acceptable diagnoses would include fever due to urinary tract infection, strep throat confirmed by a positive strep test, rash from poison ivy, etc. Diagnoses of respiratory and viral conditions such as allergic rhinitis, seasonal allergies, upper respiratory tract infection, pneumonia, pharyngitis without positive strep test, viral illness, etc. DO NOT exclude the diagnosis of COVID-19 and DO NOT justify return to school.
If you have symptoms and choose to be tested for COVID-19, you may return to school with a NEGATIVE PCR TEST and be 24 hours symptom free. We cannot accept a negative result from a rapid test.
These guidelines are from the Tennessee Department of Health Return to School Algorithm dated 11/13. New updates are continually being added and can be found on the TDH website.
If you have questions about these guidelines, please call Carman Smith at the Lincoln County Department of Education, 931-251-3219.