University School of Milwaukee works closely with the North Shore Health Department to follow their COVID-19 guidance, as well as the guidance of Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition, the school works with other area health departments as needed, as it serves students from nearly 60 different ZIP codes in Southeastern Wisconsin.
The exact steps taken by USM with any confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 in our school community will vary and be determined on a case-by-case basis, but the following high-level examples provides information about what families can expect in the event of positive COVID-19 cases in our community. Although written in the first person, these actions for each scenario also apply to a family’s minor children.
- Stay home.
- Contact your doctor to discuss testing options, or seek testing from a community testing site.
- If testing is performed and the result is positive for COVID-19, you must stay isolated for 10 days from the first day or symptoms, and all immediate family members and close contacts must quarantine for 14 days.
- If polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing is performed and the result is negative for COVID-19, you may return to work/school when any fever has subsided for at least 24 hours and you are feeling better following your non-COVID-19 illness.
- If testing is performed and the result is negative for COVID-19, family members do not need to quarantine.
- Begin your 14-day quarantine, staying home and limiting contact with others, including household family members.
- Contact your doctor to discuss testing recommendations.
- If testing is performed and the result is positive for COVID-19, you must stay isolated for 10 days from the time of the positive test.
- You must remain in quarantine for 14 days, even if the result is negative for COVID-19.
USM will also share its current data on the number of individuals in isolation and quarantine by division, for students, as well as for the school’s faculty/staff daycare children, and all staff. This will be published daily at 3 p.m. on all school days, and a weekly dashboard will also be published and shared on Fridays, or the last day of each school week.
USM will also message all families in a division if there is a new COVID-19 positive case in that division. This will be done after contract tracing efforts, and notification of any impacted families, is completed, which may take anywhere from 1 to 48 hours (or more), depending on the situation. If a USM student is found to have been in close contact (defined as 15 or more minutes within 6 feet or less in any 24-hour period) with an individual who we have been notified has received a positive COVID-19 test, someone from the USM Nurse Clinic will attempt to contact that family by phone and/or email, and a hard-copy letter will also be sent to the family.