• Response Protocol for Exposure to a Confirmed or Suspected case of COVID-19

    Below are the questions from the FAQ that are directly related to our response protocol for exposure to a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19. If you have a question that is not listed on the FAQ or on the page below, please email communications@cb-schools.org. We will continue to add questions to this page and the FAQ as appropriate.

    At what threshold will the district shut down for a period of time to prevent further infection if there are confirmed cases or exposure?

    The Iowa Department of Education stated that during the first week of August, they are going to provide guidance on possible criteria for closing specific classrooms and/or schools based on confirmed cases or exposures. More information will be shared once this guidance from the Iowa Department of Education is provided.

    What is the process if a student or district staff member has a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19?

    The Council Bluffs Community School District is prepared to implement a comprehensive procedure based on the expected guidance from the Iowa Department of Education and Public Health, and will follow the CDC’s guidance on home isolation/quarantine (i.e. 10 days or 14 days depending on circumstances), and the process of returning to work, school and school-related activities. This procedure will be shared with parents and staff members.

    • The school district will communicate with all involved individuals (staff members and parents) as appropriate using direct communication channels. (Parents should ensure their contact information--email and phone numbers---are accurate in the school records.) The district will protect the identity of the student/staff to the fullest extent possible. 
    • Students/Staff will be expected to consult their primary health care professional for guidance if they suspect they have been exposed or have a confirmed case of COVID-19. 
    • The District will comply and confer with local health officials on steps to be taken and contact tracing. 
    • The District will provide a designated space in the school for anyone who begins to show symptoms of illness during the school day and needs to be isolated
    • Difference between Confirmed and Exposed Individual Flowchart for Close Contact Exposure