FAQ for Parents Regarding COVID-19

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FAQ for Parents Regarding COVID-19

When should I keep my child home?

Please keep your child home with ANY of the following:
  • Fever 100 or higher
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle aches
  • Headache
  • Vomiting 
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of taste/smell
If anyone in the home has one of these symptoms, all household members should stay home and quarantine. Siblings and other members should NOT participate in IN-PERSON school.
Contact your school nurse for further instructions.

How long should my child stay home from school if my child has symptoms?

Your child cannot return to school until at least 10 calendar days have passed since symptom onset and your child is fever-free without fever reducing medication and there is improvement of symptoms. 
Your child can return if you have note from a medical professional with a clearance to return to school (see item #5).

One of my children is sick with COVID-19 illness or symptoms. Can my other children go to school?

NO. When one family member is ill with one or more COVID-19 illness symptoms, all household members should stay home and quarantine.
Siblings and other members should NOT participate in IN-PERSON school.

Contact your school nurse for further instructions.

If my child experiences any COVID-like symptoms at school, will my child be sent home?

Your child will be removed to an isolated area and you will be called to pick him/her up.  If you are not available, your child’s emergency contact will be called.  
Your child will be sent home for ANY one of the following: Fever (100 or higher), headache, shortness of breath, cough, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, new loss of sense of taste or smell, fatigue, muscle/body aches, chills.
If your child is sent home, all siblings will be sent home as well.

If my child is ill and I don’t believe it is COVID-19, what does my child need to return to school?

Please keep your child home and schedule a visit with his/her healthcare provider.  The healthcare provider's note must include the following:
  1. COVID Status (either COVID negative or no COVID test indicated)
  2. Alternative Diagnosis 
  3. Return to School Date

My child has tested positive for COVID-19, what do I do?

Contact your school nurse for further direction.

What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?

Your child should be isolated when he/she is sick with symptoms or tests positive for COVID.   Quarantining (staying home) is implemented when there has been exposure.  

Can my child still access Zoom instruction if they are usually in-person and will be absent.

Is her absence due to a COVID-19-related exposure, symptoms, or positive diagnosis?
YES. An approval must be obtained by the school nurse and may take up to 1 school day to be arranged. 
Instructions for parents:
Complete the Raptor questions for your child, which will result in a direction to keep your child home.
Report your child’s absence on the attendance line or online absence reporting form, indicating the specific health-related reason. 
The school nurse will then contact you to approve your request for your child to receive access to instruction via Zoom. If approved, your child will be able to begin accessing instruction via Zoom by the following school day. 
Is her absence related to an illness or health issue unrelated to COVID-19?
Please contact your child’s school nurse to talk through your child’s specific health situation. 
YES, as long as an approval is obtained by the school nurse. Arrangements may take up to 1 school day to be finalized. 
Is her absence due to a personal or family issue not related to illness and/or COVID-19?
Some examples of these issues include:
-inclement weather
-transportation issue
-student feeling tired
-self-imposed quarantine before scheduled travel
NO. Your child will not be able to access live instruction via Zoom. However, your child’s teacher will work with her to catch up when she returns to school. 
Instructions for parents: 
Report your child’s absence on the attendance line or online absence reporting form. Please indicate that the nature of the absence is unrelated to COVID-19 and/or sickness.

My child was approved for instruction via Zoom. Why can’t they Zoom into their class right away?

Unfortunately, coordinating access for students who are typically in-person learners to Zoom into all classes requires multiple steps and the equipment set up. This process may take up to one school day; however, if access can be arranged sooner, families will be notified by their child’s school.

Is Zooming-in the same as livestreaming?”

My child was approved to access instruction via Zoom due to a COVID-related absence or illness. 
Is Zooming-in the same as livestreaming?”

No. When a child “Zooms into” their learning, he/she accesses instruction from a teacher who is teaching students in the classroom. This experience is much more passive for the student who is at home; however, the goal is to enable continuity of learning during periods of unavoidable absence from school due to COVID-19 and illness. Alternatively, in a livestreaming learning model, teachers alter their instructional materials and methods to simultaneously engage the in-person learners and remote learners. This methodology requires a significant amount of planning and preparation, which is not available for a temporary scenario.  

What will happen if there is a COVID-positive individual identified in the school?

If there is a positive individual in your child’s school, a letter notifying all of the parents will be sent to inform them, but will not reveal the identity or class of that individual for privacy concerns.   Close contacts will be monitored and will be contacted individually.  

What is the definition of close contact?

Prolonged close contact is defined as at least 15 minutes of cumulative exposure within less than 6 feet of proximity.

My child has been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

When can they return to school?

Your child will need to quarantine for 14 days (possibly 24). Your child cannot test out of quarantine.
Contact your school nurse for further instructions and to determine the return to school date.

What are the expectations for face coverings?

Face coverings must be worn at all times while in the buildings.  It is important to pack multiple masks, should a mask get lost or dirty.  Gaiters are not allowed.  Masks with exhalation valves or vents are not to be worn to school.  

What safety precautions will my child experience when coming to school?

Social distancing will be expected in all areas, including desks that are 3 feet apart.  Movement throughout the buildings will be restricted.  Frequent handwashing and hand-sanitizing will be expected.  During periods when students are not present, the buildings will have a deep cleaning and there will be sanitizing at the end of the day.  Students may not use drinking fountains except to fill water bottles or paper cups.   Students are discouraged from sharing materials or supplies.   Use large spaces and cafeterias will be scheduled and supervised to maintain social distances.  When outside of the building (during recess) masks will be required and students will be expected to maintain appropriate social distances.  When students are taking transportation, the number of riders will be limited and assigned seats will be arranged to allow for social distancing requirements.  
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