Coronavirus (COVID-19): Resources and Information
If you have symptoms of COVID-19:
Anyone who feels unwell should remain home, measure their temperature, and conduct a COVID-19 rapid antigen test. This includes new onset of respiratory symptoms such as runny nose, nasal congestion, or sore throat. As always, a temperature of above 100 degrees requires being out of school for at least 24 hours past this temperature without the aid of fever-reducing medications.
If symptoms continue, but the first rapid antigen test is negative and there is no fever, the individual may come to campus, but we strongly encourage wearing a mask indoors. A second rapid antigen test is recommended within 48 hours.
If symptoms develop after arrival on campus, the individual should go to the Health Center, wear a mask, and be assessed by a nurse, including conducting a rapid antigen test.
If you test positive for COVID-19:
Anyone who tests positive is instructed to:
- Notify Thayer nurses (firstname.lastname@example.org) and isolate for 5 days at home, with the day of the positive test or the day of onset of symptoms as day 0. One of the nurses will follow up with a phone call to the employee or the parent of the student to gather information and provide guidance. A follow-up email will be sent providing the details of the timeline for isolation and return to campus.
- Notify your physician.
If asymptomatic or symptoms are resolving and have been fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medicine for 24 hours, the individual can return to school as of day 6 and should wear a high-quality mask (at least 3-layered, non-cloth) through day 10 while indoors. When eating indoors on days 6 through 10, at least 3 feet of distance from others must be kept while unmasked.
After isolating for 5 days after testing positive for COVID-19, there is no requirement to conduct additional rapid antigen testing as part of returning to campus.
Teachers of students who test positive will be notified with the specific days of a student’s absence from school.
Student-athletes of the current season who test positive are required to contact the Athletic Trainers for instructions about gradual return-to-play. The student and parents/guardians will be provided the summary of the gradual return-to-play protocol after positive COVID-19 infection.
If someone in your household tests positive for COVID-19:
Those exposed to positive residential cases are strongly encouraged to wear a mask indoors for 10 days after their last exposure. Please note that we are no longer requesting families to notify Thayer when a family member tests positive.