Frequently Asked Questions – COVID-19 & Quarantine

Posted on 10/21/2020

We understand these are stressful times. It can be scary if your student is required to quarantine and we know you have many questions.

That is why we created this Frequently Asked Questions section regarding COVID-19 and Quarantines. We hope this will help alleviate some of your concerns. 

Of course, if you still have questions that are not answered below, information on who to contact is listed at the end of this section.

*Please understand, Cabot Public Schools is following the directives set forth by the Arkansas Department of Health and the Arkansas Department of Education's Division of Elementary and Secondary Education.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – COVID-19 & QUARANTINE

1. Why did I receive an automated message rather than a personal phone call?
It is based upon the situation, number of students, and time of day. Our automated system is the most effective way to communicate with parents. Once the initial calls are sent, we can then follow up with personal calls and more information.

2.  How was my child identified as a probable close contact?
As defined by the ADH/ADE in the AR Ready for Learning document on page 7, a probable close contact is identified as an individual that has likely been within 6 feet for 15 cumulative minutes or longer within a 24-hour period to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, during the infectious period.

3. How long will my child have to quarantine?
According to the ADH/ADE AR Ready for Learning document on page 7, probable close contacts are expected to self-quarantine immediately for 14 days from the last date of contact with the positive case.


4.  What is Quarantine?
A period of isolation, typically 14 days, related to exposure of a COVID positive individual. This is an important way to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Any individual directed to quarantine should remain at home and avoid all public activities, events and places.

5.  What is Isolation?
A period of time, typically 10 days, that you should avoid others due to being infectious. Any individual that is exhibiting Covid-like symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19 should remain at home and avoid all public activities, events and places.


6. How will I know the exact date my child can return to school?
Once we complete contact tracing, which can take 2-3 days, you will be contacted by phone from a member of our district COVID team. They will give you a tentative date your student can return to school. There will be another call towards the end of the expected quarantine period to make sure your child is not experiencing any symptoms and is healthy to return.

7.  I have more than one child. Will their siblings or my spouse and I need to quarantine as well? Are they now considered secondary contacts?
According to the ADH/ADE, only the student that is a close contact to the positive case will have to quarantine. Unless you, your spouse, or your other children show symptoms of COVID-19, you should continue with your normal routine.

8.  If my child is identified as a probable close contact, can they take a COVID test? If that test comes back negative can they return to school?
No. According to the ADH/ADE, if you are a probable close contact, you need to quarantine for 14 days even if you do not feel sick and even if you have received a negative test for COVID-19. 

9.  If my child has symptoms and takes a Rapid (antigen) COVID Test that comes back negative, can they return to school?
No. The options for return include: 

A minimum of 10 days have passed since symptoms appeared and/or positive COVID result  

AND fever free for 48 hours without the aid of fever-reducing medication

AND all other symptoms have improved

AND a clearance letter has been received from the Arkansas Department of Health (in positive cases)

OR ●  Physician documentation is received with an alternate diagnosis. CPS policy for “exclusion from school due to illness” will be followed for diagnosis.

OR ●  Negative COVID-19 test results are received and fever-free for 48 hours without fever-reducing medication. (Per ADH guidelines, rapid antigen tests with a negative result will not be accepted.)

10.  Now that my child is quarantined, how will they continue with their academics?
Students have been working in Google Classroom on their Chromebooks. The teacher has and will continue to upload videos and assignments in Google Classroom. If your child has trouble logging into their Google Classroom, email your child’s teacher. If you have any questions, contact our Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Aaron.Randolph@cabotschools.org.

11.  What if my student’s teacher has not been in contact with us?
Our staff directory can be found at www.cabotschools.org. If you have attempted to contact your teacher and they have not responded, please contact your building administrator.

12.  How concerned should I be that my child has been identified as a probable close contact?
It is important that you continue to monitor your child for any COVID-19 signs or symptoms. According to the ADH/ADE, symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. 

Symptoms can include:

Fever (temperature over 100.4 Fahrenheit) or chills
Cough
Shortness of breath
Fatigue
Muscle or body aches
Headache
New loss of taste or smell
Sore throat
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
Diarrhea

13.  My child is struggling being in quarantine and missing school and activities, what should I do?
Please reach out to your building counselor as soon as possible and they will help assess their well-being. 

14.  If my child is in quarantine, what should they do about extracurricular activities?
We encourage them to reach out to their coach/sponsor and they will provide guidance.

15.  Where can I get documentation that my employer is requesting regarding my student’s quarantine?
Please request a letter from our Director of Human Resources and Legal Affairs, Leila Seigrist. Her email is Leila.Seigrist@cabotschools.org.

16. My student has signs and symptoms this morning of COVID-19, who should I contact?
Please contact your school nurse.

17.  My student was sent home from school due to showing signs and symptoms of COVID-19, do I have to get them tested?
No, we cannot require you to test your child, but we do encourage you to get your student tested if he/she shows signs or symptoms. Please understand, your child will not be allowed to attend school if he/she continues to show signs and symptoms. Per ADH/ADE guidelines, rapid antigen tests with a negative result will not be accepted.

18.  Where can I get my child tested?
Here is a list of some testing sites in our area. 

Baptist Health Urgent Care – LIMITED TESTS PER DAY
Cabot, AR Open ⋅ Closes 8PM · (501) 628-9215

Baptist Health Urgent Care - LIMITED TESTS PER DAY
Jacksonville, AR Open ⋅ Closes 8PM · (501) 241-4510

AR Care-TeleHealth
Cabot High School Campus
501-843-3363 ext. 1212

AR Care
105 N. Jackson St Cabot, AR Open ⋅ Closes 7PM · (501) 941-3522

AR Care Cabot South
502 Richie RD Cabot, AR Open ⋅ Closes 5PM · (501) 941-0940

AR Care Cabot West
AR-5 Cabot, AR Open ⋅ Closes 5PM · (501) 941-1376

19. My student tested positive for COVID-19, what should I do now?
Contact your school nurse. Your child will need to remain at home. Our District Point of Contact will reach out to you to discuss your child’s positive test result.

20. My student was tested, but we don’t have results yet, what should I do?
Please do not send your student to school if he/she has taken a test and you are awaiting results.

21. My student tested positive for COVID-19, do I have to provide a negative test for my student to come back to school?
No, if the isolation period is complete and the student is symptom-free, they may return to school by providing the required ADH clearance letter.

22. Who will call me if my student has to quarantine due to being determined a probable close contact at the school?
Below is an explanation of our COVID-19 Communication process:

When a student or staff member is determined to be a probable close contact and may have been exposed to COVID-19, the parent or employee will receive a phone call from the district.

When Cabot Public Schools receives notification of a positive case of COVID-19 inside a school building, staff members, and parents in that school will be notified by email through the district’s automated messaging system if there are probable close contacts within the school or the positive case is determined to have originated from school. The notification will take place at the end of the school day, but NOT before all direct contacts have been first notified.

When students or staff members are asked to quarantine, but there is NOT a confirmed positive COVID-19 case, an email notification is not required.

*Please remember, it is imperative that we have your correct phone numbers and email address in our system.

23. If someone in my household has a confirmed case of COVID-19 would I contact the school?
Please notify your school nurse.

24. If I am placed in quarantine for exposure to a positive COVID-19 case OUTSIDE of school. Who should I notify?
Contact your school nurse and principal. Remember, blended learning will continue through Google Classroom on Chromebooks.


25. If my student is in quarantine, will they still have access to free school meals?
Yes. Please contact our Director of Food Service Erin Wilkes at Erin.Wilkes@cabotschools.org or Kerry.Matthews@cabotschools.org to make arrangements.

26. What if I am quarantined and I do not have internet access to do my school work?
If your student qualifies for “free or reduced price meals" and you do not have internet access at home, call our Technology Department at 501-743-3503.

27.  Who can I contact if I still have questions?
*District Point of Contact Sarah McNally at 501-843-3363 ext. 1213 or email Sarah.McNally@cabotschools.org

*Nursing Coordinator Vonda Morgan at 501-843-3363 ext. 1206 or email Vonda.Morgan@cabotschools.org

*Email covid19questions@cabotschools.org

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Cabot Public Schools

Elementary Schools (Grades PreK-4)

Central Elementary
36 Pond Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3564
Fax: (501) 843-4503
Eastside Elementary
17 Bellamy Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3563
Fax: (501) 843-5619
Magness Creek Elementary
16150 Arkansas Hwy 5, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3565
Fax: (501) 843-7567
Mountain Springs Elementary
3620 Mountain Springs
Road, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3575
Fax: (501) 605-1300
Northside Elementary
814 West Locust Street,
Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3568
Fax: (501) 843-6032
Southside Elementary
2600 South Pine Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3567
Fax: (501) 843-6229
Stagecoach Elementary
850 South Stagecoach Road,
Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3574
Fax: (501) 605-1221
Ward Central Elementary
1570 Wilson Loop Road,
Ward, AR 72176
(501) 743-3569
Fax: (501) 843-9744
Westside Elementary
1701 South Second Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3566
Fax: (501) 843-5802

High School (Grades 10-12)

Cabot High School
401 North Lincoln Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 843-3562
Fax: (501) 843-4231

Academic Center of Excellence
(Grades 7-12)

Academic Center of Excellence
21 Funtastic Drive, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3520
Fax: (501) 843-0283

Cabot Freshman Academy

Cabot Freshman Academy
18 Spirit Drive, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3576
Fax: (501) 941-1505

ACE North
(Grades 9-12)

401 North Lincoln, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3546
Fax: (501) 941-3156

Special Programs

404 North 2nd Street, Cabot, AR 72023
(501) 743-3543
Fax: (501) 941-2613

Cabot Learning Academy

Cabot Learning Academy
813 West Locust, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3540
Fax: (501) 843-3138

Central Administrative Office

602 North Lincoln Street, Cabot, AR 72023
(501) 843-3363
Fax: (501)843-0576

Middle Schools (Grades 5-6)

Cabot Middle School North
1900 North Lincoln Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3571
Fax: (501) 605-0413

Cabot Middle School South
2555 Kerr Station Road, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3570
Fax: (501) 941-7432

Junior High Schools
(Grades 7-8)

Cabot Junior High North
38 Spirit Drive, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3572
Fax: (501) 605-8472

Cabot Junior High South
38 Panther Trail, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3573
Fax: (501) 941-7746