As the body of knowledge about the Delta variant and other potential strains of the COVID-19 virus increases, CDC guidance may change rapidly. Please visit the CDC website for the most up to date guidance regarding COVID-19 testing, quarantine requirements, mask recommendations, and vaccines.
Individuals with COVID-19 symptoms or knowledge of exposure should not report to work or classes without receiving further clearance.
Any employee who believes they have been exposed to COVID-19 should notify their supervisor immediately.
Any student who believes they have been exposed to COVID-19 should notify the School Nurse immediately.
Identifying Persons with Possible COVID-19 Infection
Based on the LDH Guidelines, individuals should be tested for COVID-19 if they exhibit at least one of the following major COVID-19 symptoms: dry cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, or new changes in sense of smell or taste
At least two of the following minor COVID-19 symptoms: fever, chills, rigors, muscle ache/myalgia, headache, sore throat, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, congestion/runny nose or fatigue AND no alternative more likely diagnosis.
For students who are exhibiting symptoms of illness that do not meet the above criteria, the School Nurse will conduct a full physical assessment and provide treatment or contact the parent/guardian if she feels the student needs to be seen at the local clinic or by a physician.
If the student’s symptoms do not meet the above criteria but do include any one minor COVID-19 symptom, the student will be monitored for 24 hours and will, at the School Nurse’s discretion, be excused from classes.
LSMSA does not have the ability to isolate/quarantine students on campus for prolonged periods. As is the case when students test positive for the flu, strep throat, or other highly contagious conditions, students who must quarantine for more than 3 days (either due to a positive COVID-19 test or due to exposure to a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19) will be required to return home for the duration of the quarantine period.
Suspected COVID-19 Cases
If an LSMSA student shows symptoms of COVID-19, LSMSA will follow current CDC Isolation/Quarantine Recommendations and CDC Recommendations for COVID-19 Contact Tracing in Schools. This may mean that the student will need to return home for a quarantine unless the student receives a negative COVID-19 test or an alternate diagnosis from a physician.
Fully vaccinated persons with suspected or confirmed exposure to COVID-19 should test 3-5 days after exposure. A mask must be worn for 14 days or until the vaccinated individual receives a negative COVID-19 test result. (7.27.21)
In practice on LSMSA’s campus:
Students who show symptoms of COVID-19 will be isolated and parents contacted as soon as staff are aware of the symptoms.
Contact tracing will be performed utilizing contact tracing features that are available in the REACH Boarding System and the myLSMSA system and through student interviews. Close contacts will be isolated and their parents notified.
The School Nurse will facilitate COVID-19 testing in Natchitoches for the symptomatic student, in order to minimize any unnecessary extended quarantines for the student and his/her close contacts, should the symptomatic student be negative for COVID-19. Payment for COVID-19 testing will be the responsibility of the parent.
If a symptomatic student is tested and receives a negative test result, all close contacts will be able to resume normal activities. The symptomatic student may remain in an on-campus sick room until they are able to return to normal activities or return home if their medical condition warrants a longer recovery period.
If a student does test positive for COVID-19, the symptomatic student will be required to promptly return home to isolate in accordance with CDC guidance.
LSMSA will follow current CDC guidance regarding quarantine/masking/testing recommendations for vaccinated and non-vaccinated close contacts.
Symptomatic or exposed employees will follow the same protocols regarding testing and quarantine.
To reduce the chances of COVID-19 exposure and an off-campus quarantine, students are strongly encouraged to "keep their bubble small" throughout the Fall semester.