Duval County Public Schools’ plans if someone tests positive for COVID-19

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Action News Jax reporter Ryan Nelson dives into the policies for Duval County Schools and what they would do if there were a positive case of COVID-19 in the classroom.

Classroom closure:

  • According to Duval County Public Schools’ (DCPS) reopening plans, if student(s) or teacher(s) test positive for COVID-19, a classroom would close for a period of about 14 days.
  • The district says the classroom would be closed off and all areas used by infected person(s) would be disinfected per CDC guidelines using EPA-registered disinfectants.
  • Learning would continue on Duval HomeRoom.
  • The classroom would reopen as recommended by the Department of Health.

School closure:

  • According to the district’s reopening plans, a school would close in the event of a school-wide outbreak of COVID-19.
  • The school would be closed for a period of time indicated by the surgeon general.
  • The school would be reopened as indicated by the surgeon general.
  • The district says the impacted school would be closed off and all areas used by infected persons would be disinfected per CDC guidelines using EPA-registered disinfectants.
  • Learning would continue on Duval HomeRoom.

Districtwide closure:

  • According to the district’s plans, there would be a districtwide closure in the event of substantial community transmission as indicated by city/government officials.
  • Schools across the district would be closed for a time frame indicated by city/government officials.
  • Reopening plans would be formed as indicated by city/government officials.
  • The district says schools across Duval County would be closed off and all areas used by infected persons would be disinfected per CDC guidelines using EPA-registered disinfectants.
  • Learning would continue on Duval HomeRoom.