District Update: January 26, 2021
Clover School District Updates - January 26, 2021.
Make-up Day: February 15, 2021
As a reminder, Clover School District will have a synchronous eLearning Day on Monday, February 15, 2021, for the day the district missed on October 29, 2021.
Extension of Hybrid A/B/C Schedule
Clover School District has continued to monitor COVID numbers both within our schools, district, and county. We are excited that the county data is beginning to show a downward trend and our internal COVID positivity rates remain low. At this time, in the abundance of caution, we will remain in the A/B/C model for students and staff as we finalize installation of additional customized shields, hire additional bus drivers, and work towards implementation of the COVID vaccine for individuals in Phase 1B. February 22, 2021 is the target date to begin the 4+1 hybrid model for middle and high schools. If there is any change, we will announce it on Tuesday, February 9, 2021.
When the district moves fully into the 4+1 model at the middle and high school levels, parents should expect the following:
- The middle school start time will move to 8:00 a.m. to separate bus routes and maximize space;
- Friday will remain C-Day; and
- Students will continue to wear masks at arrival, dismissal, class change, and in the classroom. Strategic mask breaks will be provided by teachers when students are behind shields.
Clover School District COVID Testing
This week, CSD has begun testing within the district with the BinaxNOW Rapid Tests. A drive-up window is now open at the district office and a registered nurse is accepting appointments for tests.
The school nurse will be the conduit for setting up a test by appointment only for any student or staff member who is showing symptoms at school.
Updated DHEC guidance presented school districts with additional options for quarantining close contacts. The purpose was to reduce the burden on individuals who are missing excessive days of school and increase compliance.
Clover School District nurses and administrators will use the following options when implementing a quarantine period beginning on Wednesday, January 27, 2021.
- A full fourteen (14) day quarantine after exposure to a COVID-19 case remains the most effective strategy for preventing additional transmission of SARS-CoV-2 from asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic cases. 14 days will be required to return to sports and to return to bus transportation.
- Day 7: (This option applies when you have a one-time close contact to a positive person outside of the home) - Discontinuing quarantine after Day 7 may be considered if the individual has no symptoms reported throughout the quarantine period and has tested negative for COVID-19 no sooner than Day 5. Quarantine may NOT discontinue sooner than Day 7 even if the negative result is returned prior to that. A parent must accompany the student upon return and provide documentation of the negative test that includes name, date of test, and test result to the school nurse or designee.
- Day 17: (This option applies when you are a household contact to a positive person) - A household close contact of a person who has tested positive with COVID-19 must quarantine during the ten (10) day isolation period of the positive person plus an additional 7 days if the individual has no symptoms reported throughout the quarantine period and has tested negative for COVID-19 no sooner than Day 15 of the quarantine period. Quarantine may NOT discontinue sooner than Day 17 even if the negative result is returned prior to that. A parent must accompany a student upon return and provide documentation of the negative test that includes name, date of test, and test result to the school nurse or designee.
Those students and staff ending quarantine early must continue daily monitoring of symptoms until Day 14 and must isolate if symptoms begin. All preventive recommendations must be strictly adhered to through Day 14 including social distancing, good hand hygiene, and wearing a mask or cloth face covering in school when the individual is not socially-distanced (this also includes while in public).