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๐ˆ๐Œ๐๐Ž๐‘๐“๐€๐๐“ ๐‡๐„๐€๐‹๐“๐‡ ๐”๐๐ƒ๐€๐“๐„- JANUARY 14, 2022:

We have received new guidance from the state on protocols for students who test positive for COVID-19, and the duration for which they must quarantine.

๐ˆ๐Ÿ ๐š ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฎ๐๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ญ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž, the student must quarantine until: ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ ๐ƒ๐€๐˜๐’ have passed since date of onset of symptoms or positive test, the student has had no fever for 24 hours, and the studentโ€™s other symptoms are improving.

๐’๐ญ๐ฎ๐๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ฆ๐š๐ฒ ๐ซ๐ž๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ง ๐ฌ๐จ๐จ๐ง๐ž๐ซ ๐ข๐Ÿ:

โ€ข Student is asymptomatic

(๐€๐๐ƒ)

โ€ข Student receives a negative result from a clinical COVID test

Protocols for students who have been in ๐œ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐š๐œ๐ญ with a COVID positive individual ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐œ๐ก๐š๐ง๐ ๐ž๐ ๐›๐ฒ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ง๐ž๐ฐ ๐ ๐ฎ๐ข๐๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž.

๐ˆ๐Ÿ ๐š ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฎ๐๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง ๐œ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐š๐œ๐ญ with a COVID positive individual, as specified in Emergency Rule 64DER21-15, the parent or legal guardians of the child may choose to:

โ€ข Allow their child to attend school and school activities as long as the child has no symptoms

(๐—ข๐—ฅ)

โ€ข May choose to quarantine their child for no longer than seven days after the last contact with the positive individual.


64D-3.049 Protocols for Controlling COVID-19 in School Settings.

(1) GENERAL PROTOCOLS AND DEFINITION. The following procedures shall be instituted to govern the control of COVID-19 in public schools:

(a) Schools will encourage routine cleaning of classrooms and high-traffic areas.

(b) Students will be encouraged to practice routine handwashing throughout the day.

(c) Students will stay home if they are sick.

(2) PROTOCOLS FOR SYMPTOMATIC OR COVID-19 POSITIVE STUDENTS. Schools will ensure students experiencing any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or who have received a positive diagnostic test for COVID-19 shall not attend school, school-sponsored activities, or be on school property until:

(a) The student receives a negative diagnostic COVID-19 test and is asymptomatic; or

(b) Ten days have passed since the onset of symptoms or positive test result, the student has had no fever for 24 hours and the studentโ€™s other symptoms are improving; or

(c) The student receives written permission to return to school from a medical doctor licensed under Chapter 458, F.S., an osteopathic physician licensed under Chapter 459, F.S., or an advanced registered nurse practitioner licensed under Chapter 464, F.S.

Rulemaking Authority 1003.22(3) FS. Law Implemented 1003.22(3) FS. Historyโ€“New 1-4-22.


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All employees of the School Board of Highlands County will partner with students, families, and the community, to prepare our students for a successful future by building a strong foundation for responsible citizenship, preparation for college and careers, and empowerment to achieve personal excellence.

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Transforming Todayโ€™s Learners into Tomorrowโ€™s Leaders

We have worked with local and state law enforcement as well as with school districts from around the nation to be proactive, and we have made changes to our school safety practices. Videos created with the Highlands County Sheriffโ€™s Office will be shown to students in kindergarten through 12th grade during the first week of school.

Because children are at different developmental levels, we have created three separate videos appropriate for grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-12.

We want to make sure parents have the opportunity to view these videos prior to school, and our hope is that families will have discussions with children about the importance of following procedures should an emergency arise.


K-2 Video

3-5 Video

6-12 Video

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Except as provided by law, The School Board of Highlands County shall not on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, political or religious beliefs, national or ethnic origin, or genetic information, exclude individuals from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity in any employment condition or practice, or be denied equal access to school facilities if the organization is The Boy Scouts of America or other patriotic youth groups.

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Email: recordsrequest@highlands.k12.fl.us

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Fax: (863) 471-5673

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Carla Ball, Director of Human Resources

426 School Street, Sebring, FL 33870

Email: ballc@highlands.k12.fl.us

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