The Urbandale School District shared updated COVID guidelines on Jan. 12. The district said it will be conducting contact tracing for positive COVID cases that occur within the home.
“This means, when a member of your household receives a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, the parent/guardian will need to report the diagnosis to the school nurse and follow the quarantine guidelines below. This applies to students, not staff.”
The quarantine guidelines for students state that if they are fully vaccinated — meaning they’ve been boosted or completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna within the last six months, or completed the primary series of the J&J “vaccine” within the last two months, they do NOT need to quarantine at home. Those students will have to test on day five and report their results to the school nurse while providing proof of test results. Those students will be required to wear a mask for 10 days, including during PE, recess and extracurricular activities (including sporting activities and practices). These students will also have to eat lunch separately from other students and staff during those 10 days. If the student is unable to wear a mask and get tested, then they will be forced to quarantine at home for 10 days regardless of vaccination status.
Students who are either partially vaccinated or unvaccinated will be forced to quarantine at home for five days. They will be forced to continue to wear a mask five additional days. They’ll also have to eat lunch separately from others the first five days they return to school.
The district will not be conducting contact tracing for positive COVID-19 cases that occur within the school, but will provide notifications of exposure for the Adventuretime Before/After School program, preschool program and elementary schools.