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Corona Virus Information for Region 16 Employees 
  • Region 16 ESC COVID-19 Work Protocols Guidance for Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Individuals

    In all the case scenarios, staff are to notify your supervisor and Michelle Wilson immediately for guidance and support.


    Rapid Test Approved Site

    Region 16 ESC has been approved to be a rapid test provider. All staff members that are identified as coming into close contact with a person positive for COVID-19 will be tested using the BinaxNOW Antigen Rapid Test. There are certified test administrators available at all locations for staff convenience.



    Staff testing positive for COVID-19.

    Whether you are vaccinated or unvaccinated, if you have tested positive for COVID-19, you will be asked to isolate in order to protect others.

    • If you do not develop symptoms, you can return to work after 10 days have passed since your positive viral test for COVID-19.
    • If you have symptoms, you can return to work after all three conditions are met: o 10 days since symptoms first appeared, and
      • 24 hours with no fever and without using fever-reducing medicine, and
      • Other COVID-19 symptoms have been resolved.



    For Both Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Staff Members Identified as Having Close Contact with Someone Testing Positive for COVID-19.

    After coming into close contact with a person identified as being positive for COVID-19, you will:


    1. Be notified by HR about the exposure and next steps.
    2. You will be asked to wear a mask in the common areas and when you are in contact with other staff.
    3. Travel to districts, attending large gathering or trainings after exposure will be restricted until testing is completed.
    4. Staff will be given a rapid test on site at Bell, Cleveland, and Nelson campuses at designated times throughout the week.
      1. Asymptomatic staff members will be tested on site at each location. All testing will be conducted at 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at each campus.
        1. Bell Location: Report to the Executive Suite Kitchen entrance door

    1. Cleveland Location: due to licensing requirements - testing will not be an option for the classroom staff. All others will be tested at the Bell Street location.
    2. Nelson Location: Due to licensing requirements - testing will not be an option for Nelson Street staff.
    1. Symptomatic staff members will be tested at Bell Street by pulling up to the awning at the back of the building. Go to Door #8 and text 806.440.4522 when you arrive. Testing will be available from 7:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. and as needed depending on the number of tests assigned.
    2. Family members of staff may request testing at the Bell Street center by appointment if they meet the following criteria:
      1. Live in the same home as the staff member and
      2. exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms or
      3. been required to quarantine due to exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19
      4. Family members must receive testing through our drive through location in the back of the building under the awning at Door #8.
    1. Staff will be retested intermittently throughout the 10 days after being exposed to remain working on campus.
    2. If symptoms develop, immediately contact your supervisor and Michelle Wilson x5060 to determine testing guidance, stay at home orders and return dates should quarantine be required or should you test positive.


    General Safety Reminders

    Vaccinated or not, wearing a mask in indoor public spaces can help protect you and everyone close to you. In general, you do not need to wear a mask in outdoor settings. Wearing a mask in outdoor crowded settings is recommended.

    The safety measures listed below can also help protect you from COVID-19:

    • staying 6 feet from others not in your household
    • frequent handwashing
    • avoiding crowded indoor space
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