Glossary of Terms

  • Educational Planning Terms:

    • Asynchronous Learning: Students have the ability to access information, demonstrate what they've learned, and communicate with classmates and instructors on their own time - they don't have to be in the same classroom or even in the same time zone to participate.

    • Independent Study (IS):  Students may elect to complete their full semester of a class, multiple classes, or all classes, using our fully asynchronous learning platform, Edgenuity.  Students taking one or several (but not all) classes through Independent Study at AHS will be required to check in with their site-based IS teacher weekly.  Students opting for a full IS program will check in weekly with a district-based IS teacher.

    • Synchronous Concurrent Learning: Teachers will instruct in-person from their classrooms.  Some students will be in-person in the classroom space, other students will engage in class through the use of virtual platforms (like Zoom) at the same time.

    • Virtual Synchronous Learning: All students and teachers will engage in classroom activities using virtual platforms (like Zoom) at the same time.


    County COVID Terms:

    • Confirmed Case of COVID-19 Infection:  Individual with positive COVID-19 molecular amplification laboratory testing result (e.g., PCR) or positive antigen testing result.

    • Suspected Case of COVID-19 Infection: In the absence of a more likely diagnosis:

    AT LEAST ONE of the following criteria:

    • Fever (≥100.4) AND Cough 
    • Fever (≥100.4) AND Shortness of breath
    • New loss of taste of smell
    • Painful purple or red lesions on the feet or swelling of the toes
    • Pneumonia
    • Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome


    OR AT LEAST 2 of the following criteria: 

    • Fever (≥100.4) 
    • Chills
    • Repeated shaking with chills (rigors)
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Chest pain with deep breathing
    • Sore throat
    • Hoarseness
    • Muscle pain
    • Malaise or fatigue
    • Abdominal Pain
    • Loss of appetite
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Headache
    • Altered mental status (confusion)
    • Conjunctivitis (“pink eye”)
    • Rash 

    Close Contact: A person who is within less than 6 feet from a confirmed case for more than 15 minutes regardless of face covering use.  In some school situations, it may be difficult to determine whether individuals have met this criterion and an entire cohort, classroom, or other group may need to be considered exposed, particularly if people have spent any time together indoors.

    Isolation: Isolation is used to separate people infected with a contagious disease (such as those who are sick with COVID-19 and those who have tested positive for COVID-19 but do not have any symptoms) from people who are not infected. People who are in isolation should stay home until it is safe for them to be around others. In the home, sick/infected individuals should separate themselves from others by staying in a specific “sick” room or area and using a separate bathroom if available.

    Quarantine: Quarantine refers to the practice of separating individuals who have had close contact with someone with a contagious disease such as COVID-19 from others. This is meant to interrupt disease transmission as people can be contagious before they develop symptoms and in the case of COVID-19 can be contagious without ever developing symptoms People who are in quarantine should stay home until it is safe for them to be around others. They should stay home, separate from others, and monitor their health.