Pre-Screening, Health Room & Protocol
Students and faculty will complete a health screening before arriving to school each day. The data will be shared in the morning before school via a Google form submitted by 7:15 AM. Parents will answer a question about their child's temperature that morning. Faculty will complete the same survey for themselves.
Q:will happen to those that have not completed the surveys?
Students whose surveys are incomplete will be stopped upon arrival to school until the responses have been provided. Upon completing the survey you will be told if you must remain at home or you may go to school.Students who have responses that indicate symptoms or exposure will be expected to stay home or be sent home upon arrival to school.
There must be a change in the culture at St. Philip Neri School - if you are feeling the least bit unwell… stay home, monitor your symptoms, and rest. If you are feeling able, all work will be accessible online for students and staff.
COVID Symptoms include
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
If a student, faculty, or staff member feels sick and has COVID-related symptoms, they must STAY HOME and remain at home until their symptoms resolve and they are fever free for 72 hours without medication. They must also obtain a return to school release signed by their physician.
Most importantly we are concerned about the safety and well being of every member of our community. Please reach out to your family physician or the Health Department with any questions or concerns.
All school community members (staff, faculty, students, and parents) are expected to notify the school as soon as they are made aware that they/their child has tested positive for the virus that causes Covid-19. Parents should notify the school administration and/or school nurse of a positive test result or exposure to ensure confidentiality.
Students/employees displaying symptoms of COVID while on campus will be sent to a separate COVID nurse’s suite before being sent home. We will contact families (parents first, then emergency contacts) if any illness or need for a child/staff person to go home during the school day. Risk mitigation protocols for their safe return will be provided to minimize community exposure.
If a student, faculty or staff member receives a positive COVID test or presumptive COVID diagnosis, they should contact health room coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow CDC guidelines to help prevent spreading COVID to others. They must then isolate for 14 days, remain fever free for at least 3 days without medication, and have a return to school release signed by their physician.
If a family member or someone residing with a student, faculty or staff member receives a positive COVID test or presumptive COVID diagnosis, that student/faculty/staff member must quarantine for 14 days and remain symptom free before returning to school.
For the safety of our community we would strongly recommend students, families, faculty and staff to monitor the Harvard Global Health Metric before traveling and follow quarantine guidelines for that area upon your return to the St. Philip Neri community.
You must notify the school if traveling out of state. If that state has a higher positive rating than 10, they will be required to quarantine until they provide a negative test result and are asymptomatic or they have quarantine for the entire 14 day quarantine.
The health room has been arranged and outfitted according to guidance from CDC. We have identified a former office within the health room as an additional space if there is a need for quarantining students who exhibit COVID-like symptoms when in school as they await a parent to arrive for them.
Q: What procedures are in place for those exhibiting COVID-like symptoms?
The school nurse and administration will identify and notify those who will need to quarantine or undergo testing because of possible exposure to a COVID positive individual.
Parents have one hour to pick up their child when they receive a call that their child has displayed symptoms or running a fever.
The school nurse will deliver meds to students during the day rather than having the student travel to the health suite. Students will be allowed to step out of the learning space to meet the nurse in the hallway in order to be discrete and to allow for HIPPA regulations.
Teachers will be equipped with First aid kits to preempt unnecessary trips to the Nurse’s office for minor needs.
Policy for inhalers and EpiPens remains unchanged and depends on the needs of the student.
No nebulizer treatment will be given at school this year. Parents will be asked to consult with their physicians for alternative care plans.