Return to School Protocols for Students: 2021-2022
In our effort to keep all children well and healthy throughout this upcoming year, we have outlined a return to school protocol that must be followed when your child is sick.
First and foremost, if your child becomes sick or shows signs of illness it is imperative that you keep your child home from school.
What are some of the symptoms of COVID?
Fever, chills, cough, nasal congestion, runny nose, new loss of smell or taste, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach ache, tiredness, headache, muscle aches or body aches, poor appetite.
If your child becomes ill during the school day, the nurse will assess your child for the above symptoms of COVID-19 and they may contact you to pick your child up from school. It is important that you, or someone you designate, come to school as soon as possible to pick up your child. Once a child is identified as having a possible symptom of COVID-19, they will be placed in isolation and the quicker we can remove them from the building, the safer our community will be.
If your child’s symptoms might be attributed to COVID-19, you must either get your child tested for COVID-19 (only a PCR test will be accepted), or your child must visit their healthcare provider for an evaluation. A note from the provider clearing your child to return to school without a COVID-19 test or a negative PCR test is required for your child to return to school.
Please Note: If your child is being tested for COVID-19 and has siblings in the same school or in another school in the District, please keep your other children home until results are received. Our school nurses may ask parents about other students in the district once a sick child is identified, your assistance is greatly appreciated.
If your child’s test is positive for COVID-19:
Please contact the school nurse as soon as possible. Students testing positive must be isolated at home for 10 days from the day their symptoms began. Students can return to class if all three of the following criteria have been met:
- 10 days after the start of symptoms
- After being fever-free for 24 hours WITHOUT the use of fever-reducing medication
- If their symptoms have improved
Masks: Until further notice, all students and staff are required to wear masks indoors regardless of vaccine status when inside any school building. Masks are not required outdoors.
Temperature and Questionnaire Screenings: No daily health screening forms will be required, nor will temperatures be checked upon entry to the school buildings. Students should not come to school if they are sick.
- Fully vaccinated students (i.e. 2 weeks after receiving the second vaccine) and do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who has had COVID-19 unless they have SYMPTOMS. Fully vaccinated individuals should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even if they do not have symptoms, AND wear a mask in all public places for 14 days or until they receive a negative test. People who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months and recovered do not need to get tested following an exposure as long as they do not develop new symptoms.
- Any fully vaccinated person who experiences symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should isolate themselves from others, be clinically evaluated for COVID-19, and tested if indicated.
- Students K-12 who are in close contact (defined by the CDC for students as 3-6 ft for 15 minutes over a 24 hour period) with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will not be required to quarantine as long as both were masked. This will considerably reduce the number of quarantine students overall.
- Students who are unvaccinated and unmasked within 3-6 feet of a positive COVID-19 case for 15 minutes will be required to quarantine.
In Person Learning: Remote learning will not be offered for the 2021-2022 school year. If your child has an extenuating medical condition, please contact your building principal.