COVID-19 Symptom Response Plan

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IN CASE OF COVID-19 SYMPTOMS

In case a student or staff member shows COVID-19 symptoms, SJSD has a plan in place, based on the best information from the CDC, local health officials, & DHSS.*This plan is likely to change as more information becomes available and as we continue to follow the latest guidance of public health officials. We will notify you when we update our plans.
 

HOW SJSD WILL RESPOND IF SOMEONE HAS COVID-19 SYMPTOMS

Notifications about Cases:

As we work to keep students and staff safe during this pandemic, we will share as much information as possible with you, while still following legal and ethical privacy rules.

As we often do each year we will see staff/students with allergies and illnesses like strep and bronchitis. As appropriate, we will send them home, and we encourage them to get tested for COVID-19 if necessary. 

While privacy laws keep us from sharing each of these cases with you, please take precautions as if everyone has COVID-19, including you and your family. Please use the list of symptoms we will give to you to screen before coming to school, and please stay home if you know you or your child have been exposed to COVID-19.

For family members, if we find out your child was directly in contact at school with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 or someone whose medical provider diagnosed them with a presumed case of COVID-19, we will contact you. 

For staff members, the same is true. If we find out you were directly in contact at work with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 or someone whose medical provider diagnosed them with a presumed case of COVID-19, we will contact you. 

We will ask everyone who is directly exposed to stay at home for at least 14 days.

Assessing Symptoms:

The school nurse will use her nursing judgement to evaluate each individual’s symptoms. Even if a student or staff member's fever does not reach the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendation of 100.4 F, the nurse might send the student or staff member home after considering all symptoms.

Safety Precautions:

Every school nurse will use CDC-recommended personal protective equipment (PPE) when working with a student or staff member with COVID-19 symptoms, and the nurse will try to keep the person with symptoms separated from everyone else until they can carefully leave the school.

Guidelines:

The school nurse will send home guidelines to the student’s family or staff member, including information about the rules for returning to school.

Medical Care:

The nurse will recommend the person with symptoms follow up with a licensed medical provider or the health department.

Cleaning:

SJSD maintenance staff will block off areas the student or staff member has until they can clean and disinfect them.

If a Student or Staff Member Gets a COVID-19 Diagnosis:

If a student or staff member has a positive COVID-19 test or a healthcare provider diagnoses presumptive COVID-19, we will follow these guidelines:

  • If your child has been in direct contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 or whose medical provider diagnosed them with a presumed case of COVID-19, we will contact you.
  • We will work with our local health departments to determine what precautions we must take and whether we need to close.
  • The person’s family members should self-quarantine for at least 14 days after the last day of exposure. Nurses will contact buildings where family members attend to ensure that they are observing the self-quarantine.

If COVID-19 Spreads in the Community:

If you child has been in direct contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 or whose medical provider diagnosed them with a presumed case of COVID-19, you will be informed.

If there is community spread of COVID-19 within a school, we will work directly with local health department officials to complete contact tracing and inform those having close contact with a sick student or staff member. We will follow public health guidelines and recommendations to determine whether to close a school or cancel activities. 

RETURNING TO SCHOOL AFTER ILLNESS

If the School Nurse Sends a Student or Staff Member Home:

If a school nurses sends someone home for COVID-19 like symptoms, she will use these guidelines to decide about the student or staff member’s return to school:

  • Must be fever free for at least 24 hours without the assistance of Tylenol, Motrin, Advil, or any fever reducing medication
  • Must have an improvement in symptoms
  • Might be asked to stay at home at least ten days after symptoms first appeared
  • Might be asked to bring medical clearance to return to school signed by their licensed health care provider

If a Student or Staff Member Gets Diagnosed with COVID-19:

If a student or staff member has a positive COVID-19 test or gets diagnosis of presumptive COVID-19 from their health care provider, we will follow these guidelines to decide about return to school:

  • Must be fever free a minimum of at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication such as Tylenol, Motrin, Advil, or any fever reducing medication
  • Must have improvement in symptoms
  • Must stay home at least ten days after symptoms first appear OR until receiving two negative COVID-19 tests 24 hours apart
  • Might be asked to provide documentation from a licensed health care provider stating cleared to return to school

 

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