Nurse Teague has shared the following helpful information for parents for the 2020-2021 School Year:
What to expect if your child has symptoms of Covid-19 while at school.
*If your student has 1 major symptom (New Cough, New loss of taste or smell, or shortness of breath or difficulty breathing) or two or more minor symptoms (fever or chills, muscle or body ache, Headache, Sore throat, Congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, Diarrhea, or Fatigue ) of Covid-19 you will be contacted by the school nurse to pick up your child.
*She will advise you to contact your health care provider for a medical evaluation.
* If your student is diagnosed with Covid-19 or tested positive for Covid-19, he or she can return to school when a parent/guardian can ensure that they can answer YES to ALL three questions:
- Has it been at least 10 days since the student first had Symptoms?
- Has it been at least 24 hours since the student had a fever (without fever reducing medicine)?
- Has there been symptom improvement, including cough and shortness of breath?
*IF your student has received an alternative diagnosis that would explain the Covid-19 like symptoms, he or she can return to school following the advice of their healthcare provider/doctor and school policies. A doctor’s excuse with a return date and doctor’s signature will be required.
*IF your child has not been seen by a healthcare provider, they can return after at least 10 days from the date the first symptoms began once there is no fever and they have felt well for 24 hours.
*Report to the school nurse the results and outcome.
What to expect if your child is identified as a close contact of Suspected or Confirmed Covid-19 case
*If your child had close contact (within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes) in the last 48 of someone diagnosed with Covid-19 or is exhibiting major symptoms, the nurse will contact you.
*Your child should remain out of school for 14 days since the last known contact.
*If your student becomes symptomatic during this time, have them evaluated by their health care provider and report to the school nurse the results and outcome of the medical evaluation.
*If your student tests positive during this time and remains asymptomatic, he or she can return to school after it has been at least 10 days since the positive test result.
*If your student tests negative during this time, they must complete the full 14 days of quarantine.
Erin Teague, RN
Gwin Elementary School