Guidance for Close Contacts

If we notify you that you are a close contact for someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 at NBSS, please follow these guidelines:

  1. Get tested for Covid-19 no earlier than five days after possible exposure.*
  2. You may remain at NBSS, but must remain masked at all times, for ten full days after exposure. You must also refrain from close contact with others.
  3. If you test positive, please report your result via this form. (Negative tests do not require any reporting.)
  4. Continue to follow the other guidelines in our Covid-19 Health & Safety Plan

*Please note the following

  • Consider the date of your exposure as “Day 0,” with the first day afterward as Day 1, and so on.
  • We accept both PCR tests administered at a Testing Site, and FDA-approved At-Home Rapid Tests that you self-administer. When using a Self/Rapid Test, manufacturer instructions should be followed for serial testing. Two tests over three days are standard in many home tests. 
  • If you have had Covid-19 within the last 90 days, you should watch for symptoms and wear a mask for 10 days from exposure. There is no need to test unless you develop symptoms.

What is the School doing?

  • We are taking the appropriate actions per our Response Plan. This includes but is not limited to securing the School, connecting with our community, and providing resources/guidelines for those affected.
  • We are notifying other close contacts of their status. As an added layer of precaution, we may also connect with those who interacted with the individual who tested positive, but who are not considered close contacts.
  • Your instructor or supervisor will be in touch about remote work, if necessary.

  • We respect the privacy and medical confidentiality of our community members who test positive for Covid-19. For this reason, we cannot disclose the names of any individuals to whom you may have been in close contact.
  • Please consult your local health department to report any positive test results from self-administered tests. Positive PCR tests are reported by your healthcare provider.
  • Note that each situation will follow these general procedures, but additional or alternative protocols may be used to address the specificity of any instance. Protocols may also change, as new health guidance becomes available.