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COVID-19: School Health & Safety

COVID-19: School Health & Safety

COVID-19 SICK PROCEDURES

If your student experiences one of the following symptoms at school, they WILL be sent home. If your student experiences one of the following at home, they MUST NOT come to school:

  • Loss of taste or smell
  • New or unexplained persistent cough
  • Fever (temperature over 100.4)
  • Shortness of breath or difficult breathing (that cannot be explained by a chronic problem such as asthma)
  • Sore throat Runny nose or congestion
  • Muscle or body aches not related to an injury
  • Headache
  • Fatigue (unable to continue in a classroom setting)
  • Nausea or vomiting Diarrhea

** Your student may return to school IF their symptoms have completely resolved in 24hrs without medication. Otherwise, you must rely on the following information to determine when your student can return.

Please use the above “Return to School Letter” for when it is recommended that your sick child see their physician so they may return to school.

algorithms Used

Here are the links containing the algorithms we use to determine how long and when students and staff need to stay at home when sick.

Screening tool to determine who needs to be sent home from school:
Tool to determine how long someone needs to stay home after being sick:

Health & Safety Protocols for In-Person Learning:

  • All staff and adults in the building are required to wear a mask (in common areas, when outside of the cohort, or within 6 feet of another person).
  • Masks are optional for students in grades K – 4th and required for students in grades 5th – 8th.
  • Masks may be any color, pattern, or character that is socially appropriate for the educational environment. Face shields and medical masks are also acceptable. Parents are responsible to provide the mask or face shield. 
  • Increased hand washing is being implemented and required.
  • Enhanced daily cleaning and electrostatic disinfection of the entire facility has been and will continue to be done.
  • Social distancing is observed and practiced to the fullest extent possible and as appropriate.
  • Classroom setups have been adjusted to reduce the risk of virus transmission.
  • School supplies are not being shared among students.
  • Hallways and sections are set up to keep cohorts together as they move throughout the school.
  • Nonessential visitors, volunteers, and outside groups are limited on school grounds.
  • Daily symptom screening is monitored for students and staff.
  • Staff or students who present with symptoms or are ill are required to stay home.
  • Students returning from international family travel must quarantine for 14 days prior to returning to in-person learning.
  • Students returning from out-of-state travel may be required to quarantine for 14 days, but in any case, should not return to school for 14 days if any family member shows symptoms of illness or is knowingly exposed to the COVID-19 virus.

School Health & Safety FAQs

The screening protocols are being developed by our health team, who will give more clarification as they create their systems and protocols. Their decisions will be guided by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Due to the ever-changing guidelines, August 3rd is the earliest we can give these updates.

We also have several experts in the field of risk management who serve on our health and safety committee. These experts have developed a risk matrix to help determine what protocols will be followed; for example, when someone has symptoms or if there is an outbreak within the school or one of the cohorts, what kind of closure will be implemented. These decisions will also be made in partnership with our local health department.

Staff and students participate in grade-level cohorts or groups will help keep the spreading of the virus at a minimum. These cohorts will stay together and not mix or overlap with other students and staff from other grades.

We also have several experts in the field of risk management who serve on our health and safety committee. These experts have developed a risk matrix to help determine what protocols will be followed; for example, when someone has symptoms or if there is an outbreak within the school or one of the cohorts, what kind of closure will be implemented. These decisions will also be made in partnership with our local health department.

At this time, any decisions made will be based on the local health department’s protocols and guidelines. Our health team will be in contact with the health department if we have positive cases within our building.

The school will be treated with an electrostatic disinfectant process, which kills 99.9% of ALL viruses for 6+ months. The electrostatic treatment is 100%, as rated by the EPA. The treatment will be completed PRIOR to school start and will be 100% dry before the students come back into the school. Regular sanitizing on a local level will continue in an even greater way, in addition to enhanced cleaning throughout our school.

Yes. Like any other infectious disease (mainly strep and flu), we will notify parents if there are positive COVID cases within the school, a cohort, and especially with a class.

Yes! We have additional hand-washing stations at the rear upper and lower levels of the school.

WHAT ARE THE METRICS, THE COUNTY USES TO DETERMINE WHAT PHASE WE ARE IN?

Click above to read more about the state’s phases. It is these phases that determine how our school treats symptoms as well as student and cohort quarantines. As the restrictions change, so will our procedures.

CONTACT THE SCHOOL NURSE

NSCA School Nurse: Sharon Begin | MS, APN, FNP-BC sharon.begin@newsummitcharter.org

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