2021-2022 Procedures Regarding Exposure to COVID-19

The information provided here should be used as guidance on appropriate steps to take for exposure to COVID-19 and related dismissal from, and return to, school practices.

Individual situations may, and likely will, involve nuances that require the school to go beyond the information provided here to effectively mitigate each situation.

In all cases, WT will contact the Allegheny County Health Department for additional guidance.

Terms Used in these Guidelines

COVID-19 Symptoms

As reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms–ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.

Anyone, including visitors, who has symptoms of infectious illness, such as flu or COVID-19, should stay home and seek testing and care, regardless of vaccination status.

People with the following symptoms may have COVID-19.

  • Temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by mouth
  • Sore throat
  • New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (for students or employees with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, change in their cough from baseline)
  • Diarrhea, vomiting or abdominal pain
  • New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • New onset chills, sweats, significant fatigue or unexplained muscle pain.
  • Congestion or runny nose

Guidelines for Dismissal from Campus for Sickness

If an individual (student or employee) becomes sick or reports a COVID-19 diagnosis, WT follows the CDC decision tree.

A physician clearance may be required.

Quarantine and School Absence Policy

(For Symptomatic/Asymptomatic Individuals)

Close Contact Policy

(For Individuals in Close Contact with Probable/Confirmed Positive COVID-19 Test)

If the exposed individual has been vaccinated against COVID-19, they do NOT need to quarantine after an exposure to a person with COVID-19 if they meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • They are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine); AND,
  • They have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure.

Follow CDC recommendations for testing.

Close contacts who are not fully vaccinated should be referred for COVID-19 testing. Regardless of test result, they should quarantine at home for 14 days after exposure. Options to shorten quarantine provide acceptable alternatives of a 10-day quarantine or a 7-day quarantine combined with testing and a negative test result.

In the Pre-K–12 indoor classroom setting, the close contact definition excludes students who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student (laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness) if both the infected student and the exposed student(s) correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time.

If close contact is within the household (i.e. a sibling or parent) the last exposure will begin when isolation and mask wearing has occurred. Options to shorten quarantine provide acceptable alternatives of a 10-day quarantine or a 7-day quarantine combined with testing and a negative test result.