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January 23, 2022 – An Important Update from Sarasota County Schools

January 23, 2022 -- 4:50 PM

 

Good afternoon families,

We wanted to make you aware of an upcoming change to the contact tracing process for students. Effective Monday, January 24, all students will no longer be individually contact traced. The Department of Health (DOH) and Sarasota County Schools have implemented this process change based on updated guidance from the Florida Department of Health.

The school district and the DOH have agreed that moving forward, elementary schools will notify families of a potential COVID positive case related to their child on a class period-by-class period basis, based on the class schedule of the COVID positive case. Due to the sheer amount of student movement on secondary school campuses, middle and high schools will not be notifying families of COVID positive cases on a class period-by-class period basis. Instead, middle and high schools will notify all of their families on a daily basis about the current # of cases connected to their child’s school.

As a reminder, each school has a supply of take-home COVID tests available for symptomatic students – please reach out to your school’s front office for more information. Please keep in mind that the DOH is offering PCR testing for symptomatic staff or students for all public, private, and charter schools in Sarasota County. This testing is available by appointment only. The DOH appointment form – as well as additional information related to COVID-19 – can be found on the district website: www.sarasotacountyschools.net/covid19. Please click the “COVID-19 Testing Site Info” link to go to the DOH form.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we work together to support our school communities!

—Sarasota County Schools