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September 22, 2021

Updated Florida Health Department Quarantine Guidelines

SCPS collaborates with the Seminole Department of Health to conduct contact tracing and determine isolation or quarantine length after positive test or exposure to a COVID positive individual. On September 22nd, the Florida Department of Health issued Emergency Rule 64DER21-15, which outlined quarantine updates for students in the school setting. SCPS has adjusted their guidelines in accordance to these rules to be effective immediately. The most updated student isolation and quarantine protocols are outlined below.

Student Tests Positive for COVID-19 or Displays Symptoms Consistent with COVID-19

Student must isolate from school until they satisfy one of the Isolation Return Protocols.

Return From Isolation Protocols:

Student can return on Day 11 after symptom onset or on Day 11 after positive test date if no fever for 24 hours and symptoms are improving; OR
Student can take a COVID-19 diagnostic test (antigen or PCR) and return to school IF they are asymptomatic AND provide negative test results to the school; OR
The student receives written permission to return to school from a medical doctor licensed under chapter 458, Florida Statutes or osteopathic physician licensed under chapter 459, Florida Statutes or a advanced registered nurse practitioner licensed under chapter 464, Florida Statutes

Student is exposed to COVID-19 individual at school or in the community

Parents or legal guardians of students who are known to have been in direct contact with an individual who received a positive diagnostic test for COVID-19 may choose either quarantine option.Direct contact is defined as any person within 6 feet of a COVID-19 positive individual cumulatively for 15 minutes or more.

Quarantine Protocols for Asymptomatic Students:

Parents/guardians can choose to quarantine student for a period of time not to exceed 7 days from last date of contact with the COVID positive individual. OR
Parents/guardians can allow the student to attend school, school sponsored activities, or be on school property so long as the student remains asymptomatic.

If an exposed student develops symptoms during quarantine, they must meet the return to school protocols for symptomatic/COVID positive students.

In addition, anyone currently in quarantine must be allowed to return, if asymptomatic, upon parent request. No testing is required to return back from quarantine.

Covid-19 Symptomatic Decision Tree (English) (Spanish)


September 10, 2021

Campus Visitors Suspension Extended through October 9th

Effective today, September 10, 2021, the temporary restriction regarding visitors not being allowed on any Seminole County Public School campus during standard operating school hours will be extended through October 9, 2021.  

This extension does not prohibit the conducting of legitimate school business with parents and legal guardians, and visitors who are approved for an essential function before arriving on campus, as determined by school principals and their designees.  

This procedure will be reassessed during the extended period to determine next steps.


September 8, 2021

SCPS Face Covering Procedure Extended

Effective Thursday, September 9, 2021, and in accordance with the direction provided by the School Board at the Special Meeting held on Thursday, September 2, 2021, the Face Covering Procedure for Students, with the "parental opt-out" option, will continue to be in effect for the next 30 days.  

We will continue to monitor the situation and determine how to proceed before the 30 days expires. 


August 24, 2021

Campus Visitors Suspension Extended Through September 10th: Effective Tuesday, August 24th through Friday, September 10th, visitors will temporarily not be allowed on any Seminole County Public School campus during standard operating school hours. This extension does not prohibit the conducting of legitimate school business with parents and legal guardians as determined by school principals and their designees. As the circumstances around the COVID-19 Delta variant fluctuate, this procedure will be reassessed during the extended period to determine next steps as we continue to monitor and navigate the situation.


August 7, 2021 - Health and Safety Update #2

SCPS Face Covering Procedure for Students

  1. Effective August 10, 2021, except as provided in Section VI and VII below, all students must wear a face covering that fits snugly against the side of the face and covers both the mouth and nose while indoors on property owned, leased or operated by the District, at a District activity, or riding a bus or in other approved transportation provided by the District.
  2. As referenced in this procedure, “face covering” means a uniform piece of material that fits snugly against the side of the face and securely and completely covers a person’s nose and mouth and remains affixed in place without the use of one’s hands, whether store bought or homemade, consistent with Seminole County Health Department and CDC guidelines. Open-chin triangle bandanas and face coverings containing valves, mesh material, lace, slashes, or holes are not permissible. Additionally, face coverings may not be worn in a manner that obstruct the wearer’s vision or conceals the wearer’s entire face, such as ski masks, gas masks, Halloween masks, costume masks, ninja masks, pantyhose, or full-face masks.

  3. All students (preK-12) are required to wear a face covering when they are indoors and are not able to maintain a minimum of six feet of separation from others. Students may remove face coverings while seated for dining. All face coverings must comply with school dress codes and other applicable provisions of the SCPS Conduct & Discipline Code.

  4. All students (preK-12) are required to wear a face covering when riding the District bus transportation. All face coverings must comply with school dress codes and other applicable provisions of the SCPS Conduct & Discipline Code.

  5. Each student (preK-12) is expected to supply their own individual face covering that complies with this procedure. The District will maintain emergency supplies of face coverings for those who need them to comply with this procedure.

  6. Exceptions. A face covering will not be required for the following:

    1. Persons outdoors, when not in a crowded setting.

    2. Persons for whom wearing a face covering would cause impairment due to a preexisting health condition or disability and a determination is made that an accommodation is not reasonably available.

    3. Persons communicating with hearing-impaired individuals who need to see the other person’s mouth to communicate and a reasonable accommodation is not available.

    4. Any person for whom removal of the face covering is necessary for such person to receive health care or to undergo a health care examination from authorized health care personnel, or if a person is experiencing acute trouble breathing, is unconscious or incapacitated and is personally unable to remove the face covering without assistance.

    5. Students participating in indoor activities, like physical education, athletics or performing arts, where the wearing of face coverings is not practicable or may create a health risk may not be required to wear face coverings during the activity but must still follow any and all safety procedures in place for the activity, as established by the Superintendent. The District will follow all FHSAA guidance for athletic activities.

  7. OPT-OUT: Students, by and through their parent or legal guardian if under the age ofeighteen, who have indicated in writing with a note signed by a parent and submitted to school administration that they choose to opt-out of this procedure, will not be required to wear a face covering while on District property. Students who are eighteen and older also have the ability to opt out of this procedure.

This procedure is effective for 30 days, beginning Tuesday, August 10, 2021. We will continue to monitor the situation with our local health experts and make a determination about how to proceed before the 30 days have expired.

Policy Citation: Po8450 – Control of Casual Contact Communicable Disease

PDF: SCPS Student Face Covering Procedure


Frequenty Asked Questions on Use of Face Covering for Students

Will face coverings be required in SCPS for students?

Yes. Face coverings will be required when schools reopen on August 10, 2021, and while on all Seminole County Public School property, unless the parent or legal guardian, if under the age of 18, or a student 18 years or older, submits a signed written note to opt their child out of wearing a face covering. This is a fluid process and the District will continue to monitor the situation with our local health experts.

Why are face coverings required?

Face coverings are being required based upon best available data and input from local health authorities, CDC guidelines, and stakeholder groups. According to the CDC, face coverings have been shown to be an effective tool in reducing the spread of COVID-19, along with social distancing, frequent hand washing, and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces.

What constitutes a face covering that complies with SCPS procedure?

A face covering means a uniform piece of material that fits snugly against the side of the face and securely and completely covers a person’s nose and mouth and remains affixed in place without the use of one’s hands, whether store bought or homemade, consistent with Seminole County Health Department and CDC guidelines.

Do face shields constitute face coverings that comply with SCPS procedure?

A face shield is primarily used for eye protection for the person wearing it. There is currently not enough evidence to support the effectiveness of face shields and the CDC does not currently recommend use of face shields as a substitute for face coverings. Face shields are permitted when they are worn in conjunction with a face covering. 

Face shields without a face covering may be permissible if it is determined to be part of an accommodation under the Exceptions provision of the SCPS procedure.

Are there any types of face coverings that are prohibited?

Yes, the following are prohibited:

  • Open-chin triangle bandanas and face coverings containing valves, mesh material, lace, slashes, or holes are not permissible.
  • Face coverings that are worn in a manner that obstruct the wearer’s vision or conceals the wearer’s entire face such as ski masks, gas masks, Halloween masks, costume masks, ninja masks, pantyhose, or full face masks are prohibited.
  • Any face covering that does not meet the dress code requirements of appropriateness is prohibited.

Will students have to wear face coverings all day?

All employees and all students are required to wear a face covering when they are not able to maintain a minimum of six feet of separation (socially distanced) from others. Students and employees may remove face coverings when socially distanced, during high intensity indoor activities, when outdoors in an area that is not crowded, and while seated for dining.

Will there be exceptions?

Yes. The following approved exceptions apply: Persons eating or drinking; Persons for whom a face covering would cause an impairment due to an existing health condition or disability and a determination is made that an accommodation is not reasonably available; Persons communicating with hearing impaired individuals who need to see the other person’s mouth to communicate and a reasonable accommodation is not available; Public safety personnel whose personal protective equipment requirements are governed by their respective agencies; and any person for whom removal of the face covering is necessary to receive health care or if a person is experiencing acute trouble breathing, is unconscious or incapacitated and is personally unable to remove the face covering without assistance; Students,18 years or older or if under the age of 18, their parent or legal guardian, who submit a signed written note to opt out of wearing a face coverings.

Will my child be required to wear a face covering when participating in athletics?

Based on information from current local health authorities, as well as guidelines from the CDC, students actively participating in athletics or high intensity activities will not have to wear a face covering during the athletic event or activity. Students will be required to follow guidance issued by the Florida High School Athletic Association.

Will my child be required to wear a face covering when participating in extracurricular activities?

The expectation is that students will wear a face coverings during indoor extracurricular activities, unless such activities are high intensity. Students participating in extracurricular activities outdoors will not be required to wear face coverings during the activity but must still follow any and all safety procedures in place for the activity, as established by the Superintendent. If you have a question regarding a specific extracurricular activity, please contact your Principal.

Must students bring their own face coverings?

Yes. Face coverings must comply with the dress code found in the Code of Student Conduct so that they do not disrupt school activities and are not obscene or otherwise inflammatory. The District has an emergency supply of face coverings that will be offered to students, if needed.

What happens if a child forgets, loses, or damages their face covering?

If a student forgets, loses or damages their face covering, the District will provide a face covering for that day. The District has an emergency supply of face coverings that will be offered to students, if needed. 

What happens when a student refuses to wear a face covering?

Face coverings will be required for all students unless the student has opted out of wearing a face covering with a signed written note from a parent, or an approved exception applies. Every attempt will be made to ensure that the student and the student’s parents understand the importance of wearing a face covering.

Will face coverings be required on buses?

Yes, it will be the student’s responsibility to wear a face covering while on district transportation unless the student has opted out by the submission of a signed written note by a parent or legal guardian, a student age 18 or older opts out, or the student meets any of the identified exceptions. An emergency supply of face coverings will be available for students who forget their face coverings.

Will SROs be enforcing the face covering requirement?

No. The administration at each school will work with students and staff to encourage and ensure compliance.

How will the face covering requirement apply to students with special needs?

Face coverings will be required for all students unless an approved exception applies. Parents may also opt out of this procedure for special needs students by submitting a signed written note to their student’s school administration. Appropriate accommodations will be made based on the individualized needs of the students.

PDF: Student Face Covering FAQs.


August 5, 2021 - Health and Safety Update

Dear SCPS Families and Staff,

Based on the information from the Seminole County Emergency Management Department, our community continues to see an increase in the positivity rate for COVID-19 cases, which are fueled by the Delta variant. In collaboration with Seminole UniServ, which includes Seminole Education Association, Inc. (SEA), Seminole Educational Clerical Association, Inc. (SECA), Seminole County School Bus Drivers Association, Inc. (SCSBDA) and the Non-Instructional Personnel of Seminole County School Board, Inc. (NIPSCO), it is imperative that we take mitigating precautions in the interest of student and employee health and safety. 

Therefore, until further notice, these procedures will be implemented as follows:

  • Employee Face Coverings: Effective Friday, August 6th, all employees will be required to wear a protective face covering while indoors on property owned, leased or operated by the District, including riding in buses and other approved transportation provided by the District. Employees must comply with face covering requirements for the health and safety of themselves, their colleagues, students, and others. Procedures will be developed to reasonably implement the face covering requirement including, but not limited to designating types of face coverings. 
  • Vendors & Contractors Face Coverings: Effective Friday, August 6th, all vendors and contractors will be required to wear a face covering while indoors on property owned, leased or operated by the District, including riding buses and other approved transportation provided by the District. Procedures will be developed to reasonably implement the face covering requirement including, but not limited to designating types of face coverings. 
  • Campus Visitors: Effective Tuesday, August 10th through Tuesday, August 24th, visitors will temporarily not be allowed on any Seminole County Public School campus during standard operating school hours. As the circumstances around the COVID-19 Delta variant fluctuate, at the end of the two-week period this procedure will be reassessed to determine next steps as we continue to monitor and navigate the situation.

We are excited to welcome students to campuses on Tuesday, August 10th and look forward to serving our families. We encourage parents to consider the use of face coverings for their students. For parents who wish for their student to wear a mask but are unable to provide one, schools will have a supply of masks available. Thank you for your support and cooperation as we navigate this fluid situation together.

Respectfully,

Serita D. Beamon

Superintendent


2021-2022 School Reopening Plan

Please review the school reopening plan for the 2021-2022 school year.


Free Meals for Students

We are excited to announce that breakfast and lunch meals will remain FREE for all students 18 & under for the 2021-2022 school year!

Red Apple Dining’s mission is to nourish and enrich the lives of their guests through an exceptional dining experience. Delicious, high-quality meals are prepared fresh, daily in our campus restaurant kitchens. With multiple entrée options available daily, there is something for everyone. We invite you to ‘experience the difference’ at your campus restaurant this upcoming school year. 

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