Brevard Public Schools Reminds Parents of Contact Tracing Protocols for COVID-19
By Space Coast Daily // September 2, 2021
COVID-19 Update from BPS
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Brevard Public Schools stated on Thursday that contact tracing will still target any student who was within 6-feet of a known case (NOT PRESUMPTIVE, either laboratory-confirmed or clinically diagnosed only) for longer than 15 minutes cumulative over a 24-hour period.
School officials say contact tracing should be done for the 48-hours prior to the onset of symptoms and through the last day of contact.
The new exception added in is the K-12 indoor classroom setting, the close contact definition excludes students who were within 3 to 6 feet of a positive case student if both the infected student and the exposed student(s) correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time.
BPS cites the specific CDC recommendation for Close Contact.
“What this means in practice – if a teacher can confirm their students are 3-6 feet apart and wearing a mask, and the infected student/teacher is wearing a mask, the student contacts-to-case do not need to be quarantined,” said a school spokesperson.