COVID-19 Protocols

COVID-19 Protocols (as of August 6, 2020)
If a parent/student or faculty/staff member completes the screening on the PikMyKid app and is NOT cleared to come to campus due to exposure, symptoms, or a positive test:
The parent/student or faculty/staff member would get an immediate alert that they may not come to campus, and the school would be able to see on the dashboard that they aren’t cleared to come to campus.  They should also contact the division office to report symptoms or exposure.  They should also contact their primary care provider or the health department to consider testing for COVID (nasal PCR test).
Symptoms of illness include:
  • Fever of 100.0 F (38 C) or above or symptoms of fever like alternating chills and sweating
  • New and persistent cough
  • Trouble breathing, shortness of breath or severe wheezing
  • Body aches
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of smell or taste, or change in taste
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Headache unrelated to a previous condition
    Students/Employees who are COVID-19 POSITIVE WITH SYMPTOMS:
    If the student or faculty/staff member with symptoms has a POSITIVE COVID test they should not return to campus until:
    1. At least 3 days have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms) AND
    2. At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
    Students/Employees who are COVID-19 POSITIVE WITHOUT SYMPTOMS:
    If the student/employee tests positive in a diagnostic COVID-19 test but is asymptomatic, they should stay home until:
    1. At least 10 days have passed since the positive result in the diagnostic test AND
    2. No symptoms appeared during that time.
    Students/Employees with EXPOSURE TO COVID:
    Exposure is defined as being within 6 feet of someone with COVID or presumed COVID for over 15 minutes within 2 days of the onset of that person’s symptoms or positive.
    1. The exposed student/faculty member cannot come to campus and should notify the school of their exposure.
    2. The student/faculty member should contact their physician or the health department to consider testing for COVID (nasal PCR).
    3. If the student/employee who has been exposed tests POSITIVE for COVID-19, follow appropriate protocols as detailed above.
    4. While guidelines for quarantining have been released for those with direct exposure, there are also risks associated when a member of a family has COVID-19 symptoms or has been exposed (but before a formal diagnosis has been made). After consulting directly with the DPH, we expect that if any family member (living together) exhibits any of the main COVID-19 symptoms (fever, chills, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new loss of taste or smell) and is awaiting test results, then the entire family should quarantine, even if they are asymptomatic, because there is a high enough risk of exposure. If a positive test is confirmed, then those family members would follow the “exposed” protocols and stay home for 14 days.
    5. If the student/faculty member has a NEGATIVE COVID test but high risk of exposure (someone in the home with COVID or presumed COVID), they must quarantine for 14 days after exposure and not come to campus during that 14 days.  They should be retested for COVID if they develop symptoms of COVID during the 14-day quarantine period.
    6. If the student/faculty member has a NEGATIVE COVID test and low risk of exposure, and is asymptomatic, they may return to campus but practice physical distancing, wear a mask, and monitor for symptoms of COVID for 14 days past exposure.
    1. Families and faculty/staff should communicate with the division office if anyone in their home tests positive for COVID-19, experiences symptoms, or is exposed to someone who is positive for COVID or is symptomatic.
    2. Any student/faculty member must report the following:
    • Illness consistent with COVID-19
    • Contact with a COVID-19 positive (tested or presumed) patient
    1. Students/faculty members will be referred to their physician or the health department for testing.
    Contact Tracing:
    The school will work with the Department of Public Health on contact tracing within our community for those reporting illness or exposure.  Typically, this would include any close contact (less than 6 feet for greater than 15 minutes within 2 days of symptoms or a positive test (if asymptomatic).  Students/faculty members will be asked to document any close contacts over the previous two days prior to symptom development or positive test (if asymptomatic). Letters will be sent to families who may have been in direct contact with a student/faculty member who is symptomatic or has tested positive for COVID. Letters will also be sent to families of students in the class who did not have direct contact/exposure.
    Students/Employees who become sick at school or have a fever during a random temperature check:
    1. Faculty/staff who become sick or experience symptoms while on campus should notify their directors and leave campus immediately or report to a designated isolation room until able to leave campus.
    2. Students who become sick while on campus will be escorted to the division office for care in isolation.
    3. The isolation room should be cleaned with a cleaning product that is proven to be effective against coronaviruses.  The room should be allowed to sit for at least 5-10 minutes until the cleaning product has dried before reusing the isolation room. 

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