UPDATED COVID-19 Information
*As of January 7, 2022
Cabot Public Schools is committed to keeping our students and parents informed. That is why we have created and UPDATED our popular Frequently Asked Questions section regarding COVID-19 & Quarantine for K-12 students for the 2021-2022 school year.
*Please understand, Cabot Public Schools is following the directives/guidelines set forth by the Arkansas Department of Health and the Arkansas Department of Education's Division of Elementary and Secondary Education.
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.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Remember, this is a working document. Please expect questions & answers to change frequently.
1. Will students and staff be required to wear face coverings/masks this year?
Face Covering Policy Effective October 13, 2021
2. What are the new changes regarding Isolation?
Isolation is required for someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status. This person is required to:
*Stay home for at least five (5) days.
*If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are improving after five (5) days, you can return to school or work.
*Continue to wear a mask around others through the 10th day of isolation
If you have fever, continue to stay home for 24 hours after fever has resolved.
3. What are the new changes regarding quarantine?
*Stay home and away from other people for at least five (5) days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
*Wear a well-fitting mask through the 10th day after contact with a person who has COVID-19.
*If you are unable to wear a mask, continue to quarantine for 10 days.
*Monitor for symptoms, and if symptoms occur self-isolate and get tested.
While the new quarantine and isolation updates apply to pre-k teachers and staff, it does not apply to pre-k children. The program will continue to follow the previous guidelines of 10 days for pre-k children.
4. Who should quarantine?
If you are considered a close contact with someone with COVID-19, you should quarantine if you are in one of the following groups:
*You are ages 18 or older and completed the primary series of recommended vaccine, but have not received a recommended booster shot with eligible.
*You are age 18 or older and received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine (completing the primary series) over 2 months ago and have not received the recommended booster dose.
*You are not vaccinated or have not completed a primary vaccine series.
5. Who does not need to quarantine?
If you came into close contact with someone with COVID-19 and you are in one of the following groups, you do not need to quarantine:
*You are ages 18 and older and have received all recommended vaccine doses, (including booster if eligible) and additional primary shots for some immunocompromised people.
*You are ages 5-17 years and completed the primary series of COVID-19 vaccines.
*You had confirmed COVID-19 within the last 90 days (PCR or Antigen Test).
6. Are there other exceptions to quarantine requirements?
*Individuals exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19 will not need to quarantine if the exposed individual has no symptoms and both the infected and exposed individual consistently and correctly were wearing a mask.
7. What is the best way to notify the district if a student or staff member has tested positive for COVID-19?
If you are a student or staff member of the Cabot School District and have tested positive for COVID-19, please complete the online Notice of Positive form. You will need to remain home. Please also contact your school nurse. Our District Point of Contact will reach out to you to discuss the positive test result.
8. How will you know if my student has received the COVID-19 vaccine?
If a student is identified as a probable close contact, they will need to provide proof they have been vaccinated. If you would like to provide documentation to our school health services department, you can click on the link below to upload a copy of your student's vaccine card. You must have a google account. Students can utilize their school email account if necessary.
If you are a staff member and have received a booster and would like to update your documentation, you can upload by using this link below.
If you have an issue uploading the documentation, you can also email it to email@example.com
9. What happens if a school or the district is closed ?
Our district will utilize it's approved AMI plan. The AMI or Alternative Methods of Instruction is what we have used for inclement weather days in the past. On an AMI day, teachers will be responsible for providing students instruction/materials via Google Classroom. Any additional services (SPED, G/T, ESOL, etc.) will also be available via Google Classroom and/or Google meet. If students do not have adequate internet access or their specific additional services aren't available to be provided via digital means, then staff will provide follow-up services one school resumes. Staff will be available during school hours via email, Google Meet, and any other specific communication method that is used by that staff member or building. Students will have five days once school resumes to turn in their completed assignments. These assignments will be used for attendance and students can also receive a grade for assignments included in the AMI work.
10. How was my student identified as a close contact?
As defined by the ADH/ADE, a close contact is identified as an individual confirmed to have been within three feet for 15 cumulative minutes or longer within a 24-hour period during the infectious period of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.
11. What if my student is identified as a close contact but they have already had and recovered from COVID-19?
Individuals who have previously tested positive from COVID-19 and recovered and are exposed to someone with COVID-19 within three months of their original diagnosis do not have to stay at home or get tested again, as long as they do not develop new symptoms and provide necessary documentation.
12. What if my student is a probable close contact to a positive case OUTSIDE of school?
Students will be required to provide proof they were exposed to a positive case. If the student is fully vaccinated (with proper documentation) they will not be required to quarantine as long as they are not exhibiting symptoms.
If the exposure is outside of the school setting and results in a quarantine, contact your school nurse and principal. Remember, blended learning will continue through Google Classroom on Chromebooks.
13. If my child tests positive for COVID-19 and I have other kids in the district living in my home, do they all need to quarantine?
If the siblings that are identified as close contacts, attend Cabot Schools, they will have to provide documentation of the vaccine in order to be excluded from quarantine.
14. 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.
15. Can I visit the school, classroom, or eat lunch with my student?
Parents can check their child out for lunch but will not be allowed to eat inside the school cafeteria with them at this time. Visits to the school will be limited to essential activity.
16. 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 5 days has passed since symptoms appeared and/or positive COVID result
AND fever free for 24 hours without the aid of fever-reducing medication
AND all other symptoms have improved
OR ● Negative COVID-19 test results are received and fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication. (Per ADH guidelines, rapid antigen tests with a negative result will not be accepted.)
17. Should parents continue doing a health check on their kids every day?
Yes. It is important to do a Health Check, which includes a temperature check and observation of any possible signs or symptoms regarding COVID-19 each morning, at home, before arriving at school or getting on the school bus.
18. What happens if a student comes to school sick?
The student will be screened by the school nurse. If the student exhibits COVID related signs or symptoms they will be sent home. The student will need to follow the illness instruction guidelines provided by the school nurse. The student will be required to check in again with the school nurse upon returning to school.
19. My student has signs and symptoms this morning of COVID-19, who should I contact?
Please isolate your child at home and contact your school nurse for guidance.
20. 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.
21. 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
Cabot High School Campus
501-843-3363 ext. 1212
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
22. My student has COVID related symptoms and 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 PCR results.
23. 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 (5 days) is complete, symptoms have improved, and the student has been fever free for 24 hours without the aid of medication, they may return to school. Please make sure you have reported the positive result to your school nurse.
24. Who will call me if my student has to quarantine due to being determined a probable close contact at the school?
If your student is directed to physically quarantine at home, you will receive a phone call from the district which could initially come in the form of an automated call.
*Please remember, it is imperative that we have your correct phone numbers and email address in our system.
To provide our parents and patrons with an understanding of our contact tracing process, we have also created a COVID-19 Dashboard that will be updated daily.
25. If someone in my household has a confirmed case of COVID-19 would I contact the school?
Please notify your school nurse.
26. What precautions will be taken for cleaning and sanitizing?
Disinfecting, sanitization, and cleanliness will continue to be a high priority on all our campuses. Extra attention will be given on high surface areas. In fact, the district has purchased 30 additional Clorox 360 machines, for a total of more than 50 machines throughout the district. Restrooms will also be continuously cleaned throughout the day. Students will be expected to wash or sanitize their hands throughout the day.
27. What about students who have special needs or students with compromised immune systems and pre-existing conditions?
The district is prepared to accommodate students with special needs. Our Special Education instructors will be taking extra precautions when working with students.
28. 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.
29. Will the district provide face coverings if my student wants one?
Yes. Please contact your school nurse.
30. If my child is quarantined, how will they continue with their academics?
Just like last year, students will have access to materials on Google Classroom via their district-issued Chromebooks. The teacher will continue to upload materials and assignments in Google Classroom. If your child has trouble logging into their Google Classroom, email your child's teacher. It is important to note that students should not expect a perfect replica of the classroom environment via Google Classroom while quarantined. Staff will work with students to provide support as available and students will have the equal number of days that they are quarantined to complete/turn in assignments once they return to campus.
Feel free to look at this resource: Remote Learning Parent Cheat Sheet if you need some guidance on utilizing Google Classroom or working with your student on remote learning.
If you have any questions on the policy, please contact our Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Aaron.Randolph@cabotschools.org. If you have questions about your student's quarantine, Google Classroom, or learning, please reach out to your building administrator.
31. What if my student's teacher is not 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.
32. 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 100.4 Fahrenheit or greater) or chills
• Shortness of breath
• Muscle or body aches
• New loss of taste or smell
• Sore throat
• Congestion or runny nose
• Nausea or vomiting
33. What if my child is struggling while in quarantine, especially if they are missing school and activities. What should I do?
Please reach out to your building administrator and counselor as soon as possible and they will help assess their well-being.
34. 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.
35. 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.
36. 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.
37. 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.
38. Who can I contact if I still have questions?
*District Point of Contact Sarah McNally at 501-743-3551 ext. 1213 or email Sarah.McNally@cabotschools.org
*Nursing Coordinator Vonda Morgan at 501-743-3551 ext. 1206 or email Vonda.Morgan@cabotschools.org