Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How will I know if my child has been exposed to a person who tested positive?
A. All persons identified as a close contact to someone in the district who has tested positive are contacted by phone by Florence 1 Schools. A follow-up email with details about quarantine periods and options for testing are also sent.
Q. My child has been identified as a close contact. What does that mean?
A. DHEC defines close contacts among students in the school setting as those unvaccinated students who were within 3 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. Close contacts can be identified from 48 hours prior to the positive case’s symptom onset. While mask use among unvaccinated individuals is strongly recommended, the presence or absence of masks does not affect the DHEC definition of a close contact for school aged students.
Q. I want to know who tested positive. Why won’t the school tell me?
A. Florence 1 Schools maintain the privacy of all staff and students who have tested positive.
Q. If my child is identified as a close contact, what do I do next?
A. If your child has been identified by Florence 1 Schools as a close contact, they will need to quarantine. If they have shown no symptoms after 10 days, the quarantine can end. If you choose to get your child tested, they can do so no earlier than day 5. Quarantine can end after day 7 if they receive a negative test result AND have shown no symptoms.
Q. I have multiple children who attend school in Florence 1 and one was identified as a close contact. Do they all need to quarantine?
A. Siblings of a close contact are not automatically considered a close contact. School nurses can provide additional guidance.
Q. My child has already had COVID-19. Do they still need to quarantine if they are identified as a close contact?
A. If is determined that someone is fully vaccinated or has tested positive for COVID within the previous 3 months, we advise the person that they do not need to quarantine but that they should monitor for symptoms and wear a mask.
Q. My child has tested positive for COVID-19. What do I do now?
A. When you receive confirmation of a positive test, please contact your child’s school and notify the nurse. Students who test positive for COVID-19, or students with COVID-19 symptoms who do not get tested, should isolate until
- 10 days have passed from the day their symptoms started
- 24 hours have passed since their last fever, without taking medicine to reduce the fever
Q. We took an at-home test for COVID-19 and the results were negative. Can my child return to school?
A. Florence 1 Schools is requiring either a PCR or antigen test to verify the results of at-home COVID-19 tests before a child can return to school.
Q. I want my child to do virtual learning. Why is that not an option for F1S this year?
A. Florence 1 Schools concluded the 2020-2021 school year face-to-face and with no masks. In the weeks leading up to the start of the 2021-2022 school year, the case numbers did not indicate the need for this option and legally the district is only able to offer a virtual education program for five percent of its student population without impacting state funding.
“School districts offering a virtual program must report their ADM (Average Daily Membership) counts for students participating in their virtual program and the number of students participating face to face for the 5th, 45th, 90th, and 135th day to the Department of Education. For every student participating in the virtual program above the five percent threshold, the school district will not receive 47.22% of the State per pupil funding provided to that district as reported in the latest Revenue and Fiscal Affairs revenue per pupil report pursuant to Proviso 1.3.”
This Proviso could allow the district to afford 740 students the virtual option. At this time, the district will be monitoring the number of cases and will make any further virtual decisions in the coming weeks. Additionally, please be aware, that the virtual learning available will be much different in its implementation than it was in the previous school year.
Q. My child/family needs to get tested for COVID-19. Where can we go?
A. Florence 1 Schools has a testing agreement with MUSC. The testing site is located at 1580 Freedom Blvd., Monday-Friday from 8am to 3pm. No appointment is required. This agreement included Florence 1 employees, students and members of their households. Anyone under 17 will need a parent or guardian to accompany them. Anyone being tested should provide a form of identification and their insurance card if they have insurance coverage. There will be no co-pays associated with the testing.
Q. My family wants to get vaccinated. Where can we go to get the vaccine?
A. Florence 1 Schools will work with local public health officials and healthcare facilities and professionals to provide factual information and education about COVID-19 vaccination and to increase access to COVID-19 vaccines by coordinating vaccine clinics for staff, students, and families who wish to be vaccinated. In the event that we do not have a vaccine event planned at a convenient time, we can assist with coordination of vaccination access. Vaccination locations can also be found at vaxlocator.dhec.sc.gov
Isolation: Isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus (those who are sick with COVID-19 and those with no symptoms) from people who are not infected. They must remain at home or the place they were told to isolate and avoid contact with other people until their isolation period is over. This includes avoiding contact with those in their household as much as possible.
Quarantine: Quarantine is used to separate people who are close contacts of someone with a contagious disease, like COVID-19, from others for a period of time to see if they become sick. This is a method to prevent the spread of disease. When someone is quarantining, they should stay home and avoid contact with other people until the quarantine period is over. This includes people in their household as much as it is possible.