Our board-approved procedures state that your student may continue to attend school during the quarantine period, as long as they do not develop symptoms, but will be required to wear a mask for 10 days following their most recent exposure. You may also choose to keep your child at home for the quarantine period to monitor for symptoms and work will be provided to your student.
Face coverings will be optional for all students and staff during the 2021-2022 school year. Face coverings must comply with each schools dress code, if chosen to be worn. Health Services will continue to work closely with Polk County Department of Health, monitoring best and safe practices regarding COVID-19 precautions.
Lake Wales Charter Schools has a sick policy that addresses symptoms and situations that require absence. Students and staff displaying symptoms known of COVID-19 will be required to have a negative PCR COVID-19 test or a doctor’s note with symptom improvement before being allowed to return to school or work. Please see the Student/Staff Sick Policy during COVID-19 for more information.
Contact Tracing and Case Investigation
When a student or staff member is identified as having COVID-19 and having had contact with our school campus, contact tracing will be conducted by the Department of Health with the assistance of our COVID team on campus. The individual diagnosed with COVID-19 will be required by the Department of Health to isolate for a minimum of 10 days and remain fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medications and symptoms are improving.
Through consultation with the Florida Department of Health in Polk County, Lake Wales Charter Schools has established a policy to quarantine direct contacts if COVID-19 symptoms develop. If the direct contact remains symptom-free, they will be able to continue school activities. At any time during the 10-day quarantine period the person develops known COVID-19 symptoms, the student/staff member will be required to follow the sick policy and have a negative PCR COVID-19 test or a doctor’s note to return to school/work. If the student or staff member does not have symptoms and chooses not to quarantine at home, they will be required to wear a mask and assess daily for COVID-19 symptoms during the ten days while on school/work campus.
Classroom teachers and bus drivers will keep seating charts to aid our COVID teams in determining who are direct contacts. Only those identified as a direct contact will be contacted by the Florida Department of Health. The Florida Department of Health will make the direct contacts aware of current CDC recommendations regarding quarantine.