COVID Guidance

The Bracken County School District is planning on August 25, 2021, as the first day for students.  Guidance from the Governor and the CDC is changing daily and the information in this letter may be amended based upon further recommendations.   However, I would like the staff, students, and parents to keep in mind the following current recommendations as advised by his staff.


• Ensure sick students, teachers, or staff stay home if they are having fever and/or symptoms of

COVID-19, including:

*Fever or feeling feverish (e.g., chills, sweating)

* New cough

* Difficulty breathing

* Sore throat

* Muscle aches or body aches

* Vomiting or diarrhea

* New loss of taste or smell

• Ensure persons who test positive for COVID-19 self-isolate away from school for 10 days after the start

of their illness (or testing date) or otherwise follow the direction of the local public health department

about when it is safe for them to be around others.

• Direct sick persons to a health care provider to be tested and instruct to isolate at home until they

receive their test result. Sick students, teachers, or staff who are not tested for COVID-19 may return

when directed by the local health department or physician.

Quarantine and contact tracing

• Schools should work with the local health department to facilitate case investigation and contact

tracing to identify individuals who have had close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19. A

close contact is someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15

minutes while the person was considered contagious.

* Exception: In the K-12 indoor classroom setting, the close contact definition excludes students who

were at least greater than 3 feet away from an infected student if both students were engaged in consistent and correct use of masks and other K-12 prevention strategies were in place. This exception does not apply to teachers, staff, or other adults in the indoor classroom setting.

• Unvaccinated students, teachers, or staff who are identified as close contacts should be instructed to

self-quarantine regardless of whether the exposure occurred within or outside of the school setting.

Quarantine may be discontinued when the local public health department determines the individual is

safe to be around others or:

* After day 10 without testing if the individual is symptom-free.

• Fully-vaccinated* persons do not need to quarantine following an exposure to a person

diagnosed with COVID-19 if he/she is not experiencing symptoms, but are recommended to be tested 3-

5 days after an exposure.

*Greater than 14 days have passed since receipt of the Janssen (J&J) vaccine or the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna


*To receive further guidance from the State please visit the Covid-19 website at the following link: