Emmett School District COVID Report: 2021-2022 School Year
Dear Parent: We have discontinued regular updates of COVID cases in the schools because they have been so low. If the numbers increase, we'll resume those reports.
Previous Letters to Parents:
September 7: Please keep sick children home, report confirmed tests, exposures to attendance secretaries; stay home while waiting for results and please follow Emmett School District’s quarantine policies (Espanol)
Incidence Rate by School District
COVID Positivity Rate in Southwest District Health per 10,000
COVID Cases in Gem County, including towns
Southwest District Health COVID Cases
- What is the school's policy if a child or student test positive for COVID?
- Where can I test or have my child tested for COVID?
- If I test positive, how can I isolate myself from my child?
Parents may have questions after the Emmett School Board of Trustees recently adopted a new policy for those who have tested positive for COVID. Students and staff members who have tested positive may return to school five days after the symptoms start. A mask is strongly recommended for 5 more days. Read the full policy here.
Meanwhile, here are some answers to questions you may have:
How are the days counted after a positive test?
- Day 0: The day your symptoms started
- Day 1- 5: Stay home and isolate
- Day 6: May return to school (mask strongly recommended) if:
- No fever for 24 hours without medication
- Feeling well enough to return to school
What happens if someone in the household tests positive for COVID but the student/staff member isn’t sick? The student/staff member may self isolate and may continue to attend school, as long as they have no symptoms.
- Sleep in different bedrooms
- Use different bathrooms
- If there’s only one bathroom: Wipe it down with disinfectant after each use
- Eat separately
- If the parent must do the cooking, wear gloves; contact the school for gloves if you need them
What if the student/staff member can’t self-isolate? The student will need to stay home 5 days after the infected person’s symptoms start.
What happens if I am exposed to someone with COVID? Watch for COVID symptoms. The Omicron variant does not necessarily exhibit the same symptoms as the earlier variants did:
- Watch for fevers - although not present in each case
- Runny/plugged up nose
- Head congestion
- Sore Throat
But can also include any of these other symptoms. If you are unsure, see your doctor.
Your school has a free Vault test (not the rapid tests) that you can take at home, but it could take 3-4 days to get a result. Local clinics may report test results quicker.
How can I order the free tests I heard about?
Visit this site and complete the form. It’s easy. Only 4 tests per household. They will be mailed via USPS.