Families and staff will be required to perform a health screening before arriving at school each day; information will be reported to and monitored by Sycamore. If a child or staff member arrives at school without a completed screening, he/she will go to the School Nurse for screening. (Families and staff will receive information about MyMedBot, the app we will use.)
• Students and employees will be trained to recognize the following COVID-19 related symptoms:
- Fever of 100.4 degrees or higher
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Chills - Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain - Headache - Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
• If a student or staff member becomes ill at school they will be taken to the School Nurse, who will determine if isolation is needed. The School Nurse will also determine if the student’s parents need to be notified.
• Students who do not display symptoms of COVID-19 can be seen and treated in the Clinic. This would include students who have chronic health conditions, those requiring medical treatments, and those with individual health plans.
• Students who display symptoms of COVID-19 will be isolated in an area for evaluation or to await pick-up. Only official staff assigned to the room will be allowed to enter. Records will be kept of all persons who entered the room, and it will be disinfected several times throughout the day.
• Upon notification from Sycamore that a child is sick, a parent or caregiver should immediately pick the child up from school. Students will be isolated until their parent or caregiver arrives and then will be walked out of the building by school staff.
• If a student or staff member exhibits COVID-19 related symptoms, the school strongly suggests testing. The following are resources for locating testing sites: LHI.CARE
. Families and staff members are asked to communicate results to the School Nurse, Ryan Kandel (firstname.lastname@example.org
) as soon as available, so appropriate. action can be taken.This information will be treated confidentially by Sycamore.
• If a student comes into close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or is symptomatic, parents should follow the current CDC guidelines.
• If a student tests positive for COVID-19 or is symptomatic, parents must notify the school through the School Nurse.
• If a student or staff member has been tested for COVID-19, he/she should not return to school while waiting for results, regardless of symptoms.
• Once a student or employee is excluded from school, he/she may return if CDC recommendations are satisfied. Currently, those guidelines are: Untested
Students and staff who have not received a test proving or disproving the presence of COVID-19 but experience symptoms may return if the following conditions are met:
- They have not had a fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers); and
- Other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath has improved); and - At least 10 calendar days have passed since your symptoms first appeared. Tested Positive - Symptomatic
Students and staff who experienced symptoms and have been tested for COVID-19 may return to school if the following conditions are met:
- The individual no longer has a fever (without the use medicine that reduces fevers); and
- Other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath has improved); and
- At least 10 calendar days have passed since symptoms first appeared; or
- The individual has received two negative tests at least 24 hours apart. Tested Positive - Asymptomatic
- Students and staff who have not had symptoms but test positive for COVID-19 may return when they have experienced no symptoms 10 calendar days after the test and have been released by a healthcare provider; or
- The individual has received two negative tests at least 24 hours apart. Tested Negative - Symptomatic:
- Students and staff who have tested negative for COVID-19 but are symptomatic may return to school after 72 hours of being fever free without the use of fever-reducing medication.
• When Sycamore has a confirmed case of COVID-19, the school will notify and work with the ISDH and follow their recommendations in working with CDC guidance. (See: “When a confirmed case has entered a school, regardless of community transmission” found here
.) The school will communicate plans with stakeholders as appropriate.
• We request that staff and families complete travel plans 14 days prior to beginning school.
• During the school year, the school highly recommends that students and staff members who travel to locations with high COVID rates self-quarantine for 14 days before returning to school. “High COVID rates” is currently defined as an area with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a seven-day rolling average. An interactive US map with this information can be found here
. High COVID rate locations are indicated in orange and red.