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We are preparing for another busy school year There are some changes this school year you will need to be aware of. My hope is that being aware of this knowledge will help us all make the necessary changes.
- Parents need to prescreen students at home before sending them to school.
- Water bottle should be sent with students – Drinking fountains are not available.
- Please contact the nurse to arrange medication drop offs.
- Religious exempt forms and immunizations will be required to start school. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your immunization records. If you need forms, I will email them to you or send them home with your student.
Please be aware that this year will look different than any other year. I know this is not a big surprise. A very important concept to be aware of is that student will not be able to be at school with any CoVid symptoms listed below. For example, if your student has the common cold they will have to stay home. The student will not be able to attend with a cough, fever, trouble breathing, chills, sore throat, body aches, headache, stomachache, diarrhea, joint pain or any of the other symptoms listed below. Please do not premedicate your student before school for any of these symptoms. Simply keep your student home. This is very different than previous years. If your child has any symptoms keep them home or they will be sent home immediately.
Please make a plan for your student to be picked up at school and a backup plan if you are not in the area. They will have to be picked up quickly. Please prepare for that. Please update your emergency contact information.
How do you do a prescreen?
Anyone who answers “yes” to one or more of these questions must not be permitted to enter the school or participate in a school sport or activity.
- Within the last 14 days, have you been diagnosed with COVID-19 or had a positive test for the virus?
- Do you live in the same household or have you had close contact in the last 14 days with someone who has been told they had COVID-19 or tested positive for COVID-19? Close contact counts if you have been within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes, or if someone from public health contacted you to let you know you are a contact.
- Have you had any of these symptoms in the last 3 days?
- Fever (defined as a temperature over 100.0F)
- New cough
- New trouble breathing or shortness of breath
- Night sweats
- Sore throat
- Body aches
- Muscle aches
- Joint pain
- Loss of taste or smell
- Abdominal pain
If a person answers YES to one or more questions, they should STAY HOME or go home immediately. Their next step is to get tested for COVID-19. They should call their doctor or other health care provider if they have questions or concerns. They should not go to their doctor’s office without calling first. If they have worsening difficulty breathing, chest pain, confusion, sleepiness, or other severe problems, they should seek emergency care.
They do NOT need a doctor’s note to return to school. Instead, they should follow the RETURN TO SCHOOL pathway. A doctor’s note is only needed to allow someone back to school if they have NOT had COVID-19 and there is another reason that they had symptoms.
If there are any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me and I will do my best to help.