WEEKLY CASE STATUS REPORT
WEEKLY CASE REPORTS ARE HERE
The Pocatello/Chubbuck School District 25 is monitoring the state of public health in our schools and will report, on this webpage, every Friday, the updated total number of active COVID-19 positive cases at PCSD 25 schools.
Working in consultation with Southeastern Idaho Public Health, PCSD 25 will notify learners’ parents/guardians and employees whenever there is a close contact identified with a positive COVID-19 case at their school (see SIPH isolation notification). If a learner’s exposure to another learner or employee who has tested positive meets the Department of Health’s requirements for mandated precautionary quarantine, parents/guardians will be immediately advised; the same notification will be made to employees who meet these requirements. A precautionary quarantine does not mean that an employee or learner is sick or will become sick, but is a Department of Public Health-mandated practice, fully supported by PCSD 25 to best ensure the safety of our learners and staff members, as well as those teaching and learning around them.
When To Quarantine: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html
Learners and staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19 or who have recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19 must not return to school until they meet SIPH’s Return to School Guidance After COVID-19 Illness or Exposure.
Additionally, learners and staff members must not come to school with a fever of 100.4 or higher, and must not come to school until they have been fever-free, without the use of fever-reducing medication, for at least 24 hours.
Q: “I’ve heard there’s a case at my school, why isn’t it in the total?”
A: Our process is to confirm, contact trace, notify those who need to quarantine, and then list current (not cumulative) totals to this page every Friday. Also, please note that the counts include positive cases only, not precautionary quarantines. Additional notifications will ONLY be sent if conditions mandate that an entire class or school is required to quarantine.
Q: “My child’s school is listed in the staff section, but I didn’t get a letter.”
A: Notification letters will only be sent to individuals who are identified, in consultation with SIPH and PCSD 25, as close contacts of a confirmed positive case. Additional notifications will ONLY be sent if conditions mandate that an entire class or school is required to quarantine.
Q: “I know someone who has been absent for more than a week. Is this a positive case we have not been made aware of?”
A: All extended absences are not positive cases. Many situations (another illness, an injury, staying home with a quarantined child, etc.) could cause an absences of multiple days.
Q: "Why does the quarantine period seem to be shorter than 14 days from when parents were notified about a case?"
A: The 14 days starts at the point of the last exposure as determined by contact tracing, NOT the point of notification (or when the case is posted). For example, Learner A is in close proximity to Learner B on a Friday for an extended period of time. On Saturday, Learner A starts feeling ill. Parent seeks medical treatment for Learner A on Monday and a COVID test is performed. Learner A stays home from school during this time, and a positive test result is received on Wednesday, which triggers contact tracing and individual notifications. Learner B was determined to be exposed within the 48-hour window of the onset of illness, and must quarantine for 14 days. The start of the quarantine is the last exposure on Friday, NOT the day of notification on Wednesday. As the timeline for test results can vary, the date a case is posted can lag behind the actual test date by several days or even a week, sometimes more. Cases posted the same day often have different origin dates and therefore different eligible-to-return dates. learners and employees are instructed NOT to return to school while a test result is pending.
Q: "I know a student or teacher who is having to quarantine but I don’t see a case reported at their school. Why not?"
A: People do not just have to quarantine due to an exposure at a school. They could be under quarantine from an exposure in another setting outside of school, like a family member, recreational sports, church, etc.
Q: "I got a letter about a case at my child’s school but I don’t see it listed yet. How long before a case is added?"
A: Cases are added to the notification report usually within 24-48 hours of the letter(s) being released. The Case Status Report page is updated each Friday with the totals by school, usually mid-day to late afternoon.
Notice: This is a fluid, ever-changing situation. Working in consultation with SIPH, these protocols have been put in place to avoid overreaction to positive cases in the school environment. We appreciate your patience as we work together to manage positive cases in schools to the best of our ability.