COVID-19 Updates 2021-2022
Parents & Students

Health and Wellness

  • Masks are optional in Pasco County Schools. However, the CDC continues to
    recommend the use of masks. Since CDC guidance is subject to change, we
    recommend visiting the CDC website for the latest guidance.
  • All district employees, students, visitors, and volunteers will review a health
    self-screener prior to reporting to work or school each day. The screeners will be
    posted at the top of our website.
  • We will not be doing temperature checks upon arrival at this time.
  • Staff and students will be encouraged to practice social distancing when and where possible.

Facilities Maintenance

  • Enhanced cleaning will continue.
  • Touch points around the campus will be disinfected throughout the day.
  • Tables, sinks, drinking fountains, and light switches will be disinfected daily.
  • AC filters will continue to be replaced with greater frequency.
  • The use of one-way traffic flows inside buildings is encouraged where feasible to improve social distancing of students and staff.
  • Cleaning resources (hand sanitizer, alcohol wipes, soap, germicide) will be
    regularly replenished.

Positive Cases

Students or staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 will be able to return to school
or work when the following criteria have been met:

  •  At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, AND
  •  At least 24 hours have passed since the last fever has passed with the use of
    fever-reducing medications, AND
  • Symptoms have subsided.

Students and staff may return in fewer than 10 days with the following:

  • Students and staff may return in fewer than 10 days with the following:
  • Verified medical documentation of alternate diagnosis as the cause of symptoms,
    OR
  • Documentation of a negative PCR COVID-19 test.

Quarantine

  • The Department of Health will determine which individuals need to quarantine
    due to close contact with a positive case. Close contact is defined as within six
    feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more.
  • The Department of Health will review each case and make a recommendation.
    Students and staff who have been fully vaccinated may not be required to
    quarantine unless they exhibit symptoms.
  • Individuals who need to quarantine will be notified via a letter from the
    Department of Health, which will be sent to the individuals by the school.
  • Students who must quarantine or isolate will be marked as an excused absence during the quarantine period.

Instruction

  • Students have two options for instruction, including in-person, on-campus
    instruction as an enrolled CMCS student and the Pasco eSchool/FLVS virtual
    option. For the Pasco eSchool/FLVS option, students would have to withdraw
    from CMCS. The state has not approved our continued use of the innovative
    option that was offered last year – CMCS Online.
  • Each quarantine situation will be unique and CMCS will work with families to
    develop a plan to ensure instructional continuity.
  • Concurrent teaching and Zoom classes are not the expectation when students are out on quarantine.

Visitors and Volunteers

  • Meetings involving visitors will be conducted virtually when possible.
  • At this time, CMCS will not have visitors on campus for at least the first quarter.
    We will continue to use the walk-up window for visitors.
  • All visitors and volunteers will review a health self-screener prior to visiting the
    school campus. The screeners will be posted on our website.

Field Trips & Enrichment

  • CMCS will not have field trips or enrichment for at least the first quarter.

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Consider a medical evaluation for:

  • Fever that last 3 or more days
  • Drainage from the ear
  • Cough that continues for several days
  • Repeated episodes of diarrhea or vomiting
  • Rash
  • Itchy eyes with clear or cloudy drainage
  • Sore throat, with or without fever
  • “Cold” symptoms that last more than one week​

*A child who has fever with a temperature greater than 100 degrees (orally), has been vomiting, or has diarrhea should stay home for 24 hours AFTER the symptoms are gone.

*Children of all ages need 8-10 hours of sleep at night and good nutrition including adequate fluids (milk, juice, water).