Student COVID-19 Protocol

Student COVID-19 Protocol

Health Staff Contact Information

Laurel Gretebeck, BSN, RN, NCSN; District Nurse, EC-12 608-877-5405

Rita Ihm, High School 608-877-5664
Rebekah Russell, River Bluff Middle School 608-877-5504

Candy Hanzel, Fox Prairie

Amber Lohmeier, Fox Prairie

Kim Hart, Kegonsa 608-877-5204
Mindy Holverson, Sandhill 608-877-5404


Additional Information


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About COVID-19 Testing

  • When a negative COVID test is required to return to school, proof of the negative test is strongly recommended (but not required). You may email documentation to the health assistant at your child’s school.

  • COVID test must take place in the correct time period.

  • We accept: Site-based tests (PCR, rapid Antigen testing), Positive and negative home tests.

    • While we now accept at-home tests, it is preferable to use point-of-care provider locations (pharmacy, testing site, doctor, etc.) for testing needs, as tests at these locations are performed and interpreted by healthcare professionals

  • When waiting for COVID-19 test results, students are encouraged to wait at home for test results.

  • Exposure: When COVID testing is required, it is strongly recommended the student must get a COVID-19 test 5 days after exposure.

  • Symptoms: Get COVID test immediately and stay home.

Developing Symptoms

  • If student develops symptoms, parent/guardian should contact health assistant AND complete the student COVID-19 Form. Health assistant will refer parent to contact their health care provider and request testing.

Date of Last Exposure

  • Day 0 is the date of last exposure. Day 5 is when an individual should be tested (If protocol calls for a COVID test). When waiting for COVID-19 test results, students are encouraged to wait at home for test results.

  • As of 8/24/2022, PHMDC has begun adopting the new CDC guidance. The recommendation to quarantine individuals after an exposure to a COVID-19 positive individual has been removed. Those who are known to have been exposed should still wear a mask when around others (both indoors and outdoors) for 10 days. Testing after day 5 or after symptoms develop is still recommended.


  • Quarantine: you quarantine when you might have been exposed to the virus and may or may not have been infected
  • Isolation: you isolate when you are sick (have symptoms) or when you have been infected with the virus (positive test)
  • “Up to Date” means:  
    • You are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines when you have received all doses in the primary series and all boosters recommended for you, when eligible.
    • Refer to the following link for determination for Up to Date as determined by age and vaccine type: Stay Up to Date with Your COVID-19 Vaccines