UPDATED COVID-19 Information
*As of September 15, 2021
Cabot Public Schools is committed to keeping our students and parents informed. That is why we have created and UPDATED our popular Frequently Asked Questions section regarding COVID-19 & Quarantine for the 2021-2022 school year.
*Please understand, Cabot Public Schools is following the directives/guidelines set forth by the Arkansas Department of Health and the Arkansas Department of Education's Division of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Of course, if you still have questions that are not answered below, information on who to contact is listed at the end of this section.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Remember, this is a working document. Please expect questions & answers to change frequently.
1. Will students and staff be required to wear face coverings/masks this year?
Updated Face Covering Policy Effective Sept. 15, 2021
2. Will schools be doing temperature checks?
Since our students under 12 cannot be vaccinated at this time, we will be conducting daily fever checks in our elementary and middle schools. We know that an elevated temperature is not always present with Covid, but the fact remains that if we have a student with an elevated temperature, regardless of the reason, they should not be at school.
3. What is the best way to notify the district if a student or staff member has tested positive for COVID-19?
If you are a student or staff member of the Cabot School District and have tested positive for COVID-19, please complete the online Notice of Positive form. You will need to remain home. Please also contact your school nurse. Our District Point of Contact will reach out to you to discuss the positive test result.
4. Will parents be allowed to walk their child into school on the first day?
Just like last year, unfortunately, we will not be allowing that again this year. Parents can walk them to the school entrance but not inside the school. We want to take precautions and remain vigilant due to the rise in COVID-19 cases. There will be staff available in the hallways and throughout the school to help your child get to their classroom safely.
5. Can I visit the school, classroom, or eat lunch with my student?
You will be able to visit the school and classroom during Open House. However, just like last year, once school begins, visitors will not be allowed inside except for the reception areas. Parents can check their child out for lunch but will not be allowed to eat inside the school cafeteria with them at this time. Visits to the school will be limited to essential activity.
6. If staff or eligible students are fully vaccinated (at least two full weeks have passed since final dose was administered), will they still have to quarantine if identified as a close contact?
No, fully-vaccinated individuals will not be required to quarantine as long as they remain symptom free. Please see chart below:
7. How will you know if my student has received the COVID-19 vaccine?
If a student is identified as a probable close contact, they will need to provide proof they have been vaccinated. If you would like to provide documentation to our school health services department, you can click on the link below to upload a copy of your student's vaccine card. You must have a google account. Students can utilize their school email account if necessary.
If you have an issues uploading the documentation, you can also email it to email@example.com
8. What if my student is a probable close contact to a positive case OUTSIDE of school?
Students will be required to provide proof they were exposed to a positive case. If the student is 12 years of age or older and fully vaccinated (with proper documentation) they will not be required to quarantine as long as they are not exhibiting symptoms.
9. If my student wears a mask and they are identified as a probable close contact, will they have to quarantine?
Individuals exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19 will not need to be quarantined if they have no symptoms and BOTH the infected and exposed individual consistently and correctly were wearing a mask.
10. What if my student is identified as a probable close contact but they have already had and recovered from COVID-19?
Individuals who have previously tested positive from COVID-19 and recovered and are exposed to someone with COVID-19 within three months of their original diagnosis do not have to stay at home or get tested again, as long as they do not develop new symptoms and provide necessary documentation.
11. What exactly is Quarantine?
A period of isolation, typically 10-14 days, that is related to exposure of a COVID positive individual. This is an important way to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Any individual directed to quarantine should remain at home and avoid all public activities, events and places.
12. What is Isolation?
A period of time, typically 10 days, that you should avoid others due to being infectious. Any individual that is exhibiting COVID-like symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19 should remain at home and avoid all public activities, events and places.
13. How long will my child have to quarantine?
Quarantined individuals can return after 10 days from the last date of contact with the positive case or after 7 days with a negative COVID-19 test.
*Quarantine can end AFTER Day 10 (i.e. Return on Day 11) without testing and IF no symptoms have been reported during the daily monitoring.
*Quarantine can end AFTER Day 7 (i.e. Return on Day 8) IF a close contact tests negative (“send-off” PCR but rapid acceptable) and IF no symptoms were reported during daily monitoring. The specimen may be collected no sooner than a full 5 days AFTER exposure, but quarantine cannot be discontinued earlier than after Day 7.
*If at any time someone in quarantine as a close contact develops symptoms of COVID-19, they should immediately isolate and get tested for COVID-19 (even if they previously had a negative test during this quarantine). We emphasize that the above two options only apply to those who have NO SYMPTOMS.
14. I have more than one child. Will their siblings or my spouse and I need to quarantine as well? Are they now considered secondary contacts?
According to the ADH/ADE, only the student that is a close contact to the positive case will have to quarantine.
15. If my child tests positive for COVID-19 and I have other kids in the district living in my home, do they all need to quarantine?
If the siblings that are identified as close contacts, attend Cabot Schools, they will have to provide documentation of the vaccine in order to be excluded from quarantine.
16. How will I know the exact date my child can return to school?
Once we complete contact tracing, which can take 2-3 days, you will be contacted by phone from a member of our district COVID team. They will give you a tentative date your student can return to school. There will be another call towards the end of the expected quarantine period to make sure your child is not experiencing any symptoms and is healthy to return.
17. Why did I receive an automated message rather than a personal phone call?
It is based upon the situation, number of students, and time of day. Our automated system is the most effective way to communicate with parents. Once the initial calls are sent, we can then follow up with personal calls and more information.
18. How was my child identified as a close contact?
As defined by the ADH/ADE in the AR Ready for Learning document, a close contact is identified as an individual confirmed to have been within six feet for 15 cumulative minutes or longer within a 24-hour period during the infectious period of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.
19. If my child is identified as a probable close contact, can they take a COVID test? If that test comes back negative can they return to school?
Yes. According to ADH/ADE, quarantine can end AFTER Day 7 (i.e. Return on Day 8) IF a close contact tests negative (“send-off” PCR but rapid acceptable) and IF no symptoms were reported during daily monitoring. The specimen may be collected no sooner than a full 5 days AFTER exposure, but quarantine cannot be discontinued earlier than after Day 7.
20. If my child has symptoms and takes a Rapid (antigen) COVID Test that comes back negative, can they return to school?
No. The options for return include:
• A minimum of 10 days has passed since symptoms appeared and/or positive COVID result
AND fever free for 24 hours without the aid of fever-reducing medication
AND all other symptoms have improved
AND a clearance letter has been received from the Arkansas Department of Health (in positive cases)
OR ● Physician documentation is received with an alternate diagnosis. CPS policy for “exclusion from school due to illness” will be followed for diagnosis.
OR ● Negative COVID-19 test results are received and fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication. (Per ADH guidelines, rapid antigen tests with a negative result will not be accepted.)
21. What precautions will be taken for cleaning and sanitizing?
Disinfecting, sanitization, and cleanliness will continue to be a high priority on all our campuses. Extra attention will be given on high surface areas. In fact, the district has purchased 30 additional Clorox 360 machines, for a total of more than 50 machines throughout the district. Restrooms will also be continuously cleaned throughout the day. Students will be expected to wash or sanitize their hands throughout the day.
22. Should parents continue doing a health check on their kids every day?
Yes. It is important to do a Health Check, which includes a temperature check and observation of any possible signs or symptoms regarding COVID-19 each morning, at home, before arriving at school or getting on the school bus.
23. What happens if a student comes to school sick?
The student will be screened by the school nurse. If the student exhibits COVID related signs or symptoms they will be sent home. The student will need to follow the illness instruction guidelines provided by the school nurse. The student will be required to check in again with the school nurse upon returning to school.
24. What about students who have special needs or students with compromised immune systems and pre-existing conditions?
The district is prepared to accommodate students with special needs. Our Special Education instructors will be taking extra precautions when working with students.
25. What happens if schools are mandated to close?
If schools are mandated to close, our district will utilize it's approved AMI plan. The AMI or Alternative Methods of Instruction is what we have used for inclement weather days in the past. On an AMI day, teachers will be responsible for providing students instruction/materials via Google Classroom. Any additional services (SPED, G/T, ESOL, etc.) will also be available via Google Classroom and/or Google meet. If students do not have adequate internet access or their specific additional services aren't available to be provided via digital means, then staff will provide follow-up services one school resumes. Staff will be available during school hours via email, Google Meet, and any other specific communication method that is used by that staff member or building. Students will have five days once school resumes to turn in their completed assignments. These assignments will be used for attendance and students can also receive a grade for assignments included in the AMI work.
26. Will the district provide face coverings if my student wants one?
Yes. Please contact your school nurse.
27. If my child is quarantined, how will they continue with their academics?
Just like last year, students will have access to materials on Google Classroom via their district-issued Chromebooks. The teacher will continue to upload materials and assignments in Google Classroom. If your child has trouble logging into their Google Classroom, email your child's teacher. It is important to note that students should not expect a perfect replica of the classroom environment via Google Classroom while quarantined. Staff will work with students to provide support as available and students will have the equal number of days that they are quarantined to complete/turn in assignments once they return to campus.
Feel free to look at this resource: Remote Learning Parent Cheat Sheet if you need some guidance on utilizing Google Classroom or working with your student on remote learning.
If you have any questions on the policy, please contact our Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Aaron.Randolph@
28. What if my student's teacher is not in contact with us?
Our staff directory can be found at www.cabotschools.org. If you have attempted to contact your teacher and they have not responded, please contact your building administrator.
29. How concerned should I be that my child has been identified as a probable close contact?
It is important that you continue to monitor your child for any COVID-19 signs or symptoms. According to the ADH/ADE, symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.
Symptoms can include:
• Fever (temperature 100.4 Fahrenheit or greater) or chills
• Shortness of breath
• Muscle or body aches
• New loss of taste or smell
• Sore throat
• Congestion or runny nose
• Nausea or vomiting
30. What if my child is struggling while in quarantine, especially if they are missing school and activities. What should I do?
Please reach out to your building administrator and counselor as soon as possible and they will help assess their well-being.
31. If my child is in quarantine, what should they do about extracurricular activities?
We encourage them to reach out to their coach/sponsor and they will provide guidance.
32. Where can I get documentation that my employer is requesting regarding my student's quarantine?
Please request a letter from our Director of Human Resources and Legal Affairs, Leila Seigrist. Her email is Leila.Seigrist@cabotschools.org.
33. My student has signs and symptoms this morning of COVID-19, who should I contact?
Please isolate your child at home and contact your school nurse for guidance.
34. My student was sent home from school due to showing signs and symptoms of COVID-19, do I have to get them tested?
No, we cannot require you to test your child, but we do encourage you to get your student tested if he/she shows signs or symptoms. Please understand, your child will not be allowed to attend school if he/she continues to show signs and symptoms. Per ADH/ADE guidelines, rapid antigen tests with a negative result will not be accepted.
35. Where can I get my child tested?
Here is a list of some testing sites in our area.
Baptist Health Urgent Care – LIMITED TESTS PER DAY
Cabot, AR Open ⋅ Closes 8PM · (501) 628-9215
Baptist Health Urgent Care - LIMITED TESTS PER DAY
Jacksonville, AR Open ⋅ Closes 8PM · (501) 241-4510
Cabot High School Campus
501-843-3363 ext. 1212
105 N. Jackson St Cabot, AR Open ⋅ Closes 7PM · (501) 941-3522
AR Care Cabot South
502 Richie RD Cabot, AR Open ⋅ Closes 5PM · (501) 941-0940
AR Care Cabot West
AR-5 Cabot, AR Open ⋅ Closes 5PM · (501) 941-1376
36. My student has COVID related symptoms and was tested, but we don't have results yet. What should I do?
Please DO NOT send your student to school if he/she has taken a test and you are awaiting PCR results.
37. My student tested positive for COVID-19, do I have to provide a negative test for my student to come back to school?
No, if the isolation period (10 days) is complete, symptoms have improved, and the student has been fever free for 24 hours without the aid of medication, they may return to school. Please make sure you have reported the positive result to your school nurse.
38. Who will call me if my student has to quarantine due to being determined a probable close contact at the school?
If your student is directed to physically quarantine at home, you will receive a phone call from the district which could initially come in the form of an automated call.
If your student has been exposed but is not required to physically quarantine at home, you will receive an informational email from the district. The district believes it is important for you to know your student is a probable close contact in order to monitor for any symptoms.
*Please remember, it is imperative that we have your correct phone numbers and email address in our system.
To provide our parents and patrons with an understanding of our contact tracing process, we have also created a COVID-19 Dashboard that will be updated daily.
39. If someone in my household has a confirmed case of COVID-19 would I contact the school?
Please notify your school nurse.
40. If I am placed in quarantine for exposure to a positive COVID-19 case OUTSIDE of school. Who should I notify?
Contact your school nurse and principal. Remember, blended learning will continue through Google Classroom on Chromebooks.
41. If my student is in quarantine, will they still have access to free school meals?
Yes. Please contact our Director of Food Service Erin Wilkes at Erin.Wilkes@cabotschools.org.
42. What if I am quarantined and I do not have internet access to do my school work?
If your student qualifies for “free or reduced-price meals" and you do not have internet access at home, call our Technology Department at 501-743-3503.
43. Who can I contact if I still have questions?
*District Point of Contact Sarah McNally at 501-843-3363 ext. 1213 or email Sarah.McNally@cabotschools.org
*Nursing Coordinator Vonda Morgan at 501-843-3363 ext. 1206 or email Vonda.Morgan@cabotschools.org