Conway Public Schools
COVID-19 Response Procedures
District Response Procedures
Conway Public Schools is prepared to respond in the event that a student or staff member should test positive for COVID-19.
The district has received guidance from the Arkansas Department of Health and the Arkansas Department of Secondary and Elementary Education, and it is from this guidance that we have developed our protocols and procedures.
If the district is notified of a confirmed positive test of a CPSD student or staff member, CPSD will begin contact tracing for probable close contacts and a school administrator will call the parent of any student (or any staff member) who is a probable close contact to the positive case. Probable close contacts will immediately quarantine, moving to virtual instruction at this point. Abscences will be considered excused. Individuals who have been fully vaccinated will not be required to quarantine after exposure.
Any student/staff who tests positive for COVID-19 must be cleared by the Health Department before returning to school.
Important Definitions to Know
Probable Close Contact- anyone who has likely been within 6 feet for 15 cumulative minutes or longer within a 24 hour period of the person testing positive, during the infectious period. Probable close contacts will be sent home by the district immediately to self-quarantine.
Close Contact- an individual is determined to be a close contact once confirmed by the Arkansas Department of Health Contact Tracing as being within 6 feet for 15 cumulative minutes or longer within a 24 hour period of a person testing positive, during the infectious period. Close contacts are required to self-quarantine for 10 days from the last date of contact with the infected person and it is highly recommended that all close contacts get tested for COVID-19.
Secondary Close Contact- anyone who has had contact with someone identified as a close contact to a person testing positive for COVID-19. In most instances, these individuals do not require quarantine, but are encouraged to monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
Infectious Period- The two days prior to the onset of symptoms or the two days prior to the test date, if asymptomatic, until the individual is released from isolation by ADH.
Asymptomatic- Testing positive for COVID-19, but not exhibiting any symptoms. COVID-19 transmission in the absence of symptoms reinforces the value of measures that may prevent the spread by infected persons who may not exhibit symptoms despite being infectious.
Quarantine- required for someone identified as a probable close contact to a positive case of COVID-19. This person should remain at home and avoid all public activities.
Individuals who have been fully-vaccinated are not required to quarantine.
Frequently Asked Questions
How will parents be informed of positive school cases?
If my child tests positive for COVID and I have other kids in the district living in my home, do they all need to quarantine?
What will the district do if a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19?