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USD #357 Covid Guidelines

Posted Date: 08/24/2023


Belle Plaine USD 357 COVID Guidelines

Guidelines approved 8-21-2023

We will NOT be doing contact tracing at school. Please notify the school if you test positive, if there is a positive person within your household or if you are having COVID symptoms.

When There Is A Positive Covid Case In Your Home:

  • Testing at school will take place upon notification of contact with a positive person in the home (Day 0). On day 5 another test will be done. Masks must be worn at school upon exposure and for a total of 15 days. If at any time during the 15 days you exhibit any one symptom of covid, remain at home, contact the school nurse to schedule outside testing. 

Isolation for Positive Covid Cases

People who test positive will be able to have a shortened home isolation for a period of 5 days if a person is asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication) followed by 5 days of masking with a well fitted mask when returning to school on day six. Please note that the first day of symptoms is deemed day 0 when calculating the 5 days of home isolation.

Those who are symptomatic on day six will be able return when they are fever free for 24 hours and symptoms are resolving but will be required to mask through day 10. 

When Do You Need A Test

If your student is exhibiting any 2 symptoms (listed below) or fever (100 or above), testing must be done prior to entry to school. Keep your student home. Call the office to schedule a drive up test. Tests can be done outside the elementary school after 9 am.


  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Runny nose
  • Headache
  • Body aches
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Sudden loss of taste
  • Sudden loss of smell 
  • Fatigue 
  • Fever Temperature of 100 or greater is an automatic “NO GO” regardless of other symptoms.


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Consent for Rapid Testing at School