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COVID-19 FAQs

 

What if you wake up one morning with possible symptoms of Covid? (Fever, shortness of breath, cough, body aches, sore throat, vomiting/diarrhea, etc.)

First:  If you are an employee, call your Director of Operations and inform them that you will not be coming to work.  If you are a student, call and inform the office that you will be absent.

Second:  Avoid contact with people and call your personal physician for further guidance and make an appointment to get tested.

Third: Stay home until test results return and follow advice of your doctor.

If test is positive, quarantine at home for 10 days. After the 10 day quarantine, you may return to school when you have been fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medications and other symptoms have improved. If test is negative return to school after symptom and fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication.  If you never went to the Dr, and were never tested, quarantine for 10 days and do not return to school until the 10 day period has passed, and you have been fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medications and other symptoms have improved..

Note:  You may return to school with a doctor’s note giving an alternative diagnosis (flu, strep, sinus infection, etc) and a negative Covid test when symptoms have improved and you are fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication. 

What if you get a phone call or email from a parent telling you their child will not be at school because they have symptoms of Covid?

First:  Advise the family to seek medical care and inform the school of test results.  Notify the administrative assistant or your Head of School.

Second:  If student is positive for Covid, they must quarantine at home for 10 days. After the 10 day quarantine, he/she may return to school when fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medications and other symptoms have improved.

Third:  If student is positive, the School Head will determine what classes that student was in from 2 days prior to symptom presentation until the student left campus and what students and or staff were exposed.  Note: Exposure/close contact is defined as closer than 6 feet for a period of at least 15 mins or have been coughed upon.

Fourth:  The health department must be notified and will make recommendations.

Fifth:  It is likely that, at a minimum, the entire class will be notified that an individual was positive for Covid (name to remain anonymous) and all exposed individuals will be told to stay home and maintain social distancing until 14 days have passed after exposure. All exposed individuals should self-monitor for fever and other symptoms, call their doctor to get tested if fever or other symptoms are detected.  

Sixth:  Other students and faculty will likely be advised to continue social distancing and masking and self-monitor for fever and symptoms for 14 days.

What to do if a student in your class appears ill or feverish?

First:  Ask the student to mask, gather their belongings, and go to the Nurse’s Office.

Second:  Student’s will be evaluated and if they have fever or symptoms of Covid, they will be isolated from other students and sent home.  

Third:  They will be asked to contact their doctor for testing and to inform the school of results.

Fourth:  The student should stay home until test results return and follow advice of his/her doctor. If test is positive, quarantine for 10 days. Return to school after the 10 day quarantine AND when fever free for at least 24 hours without fever reducing medication and other symptoms have improved.  If test is negative return to school after symptoms have improved and fever free for 24 hours.  If he/she never went to the doctor, and were never tested, the student should quarantine for 10 days and not return to school until symptoms have improved and fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication.

What should you do if you or a student was exposed  (less than 6 feet for greater than 15 mins) to someone outside of school who tests positive for Covid whether or not they have symptoms?

First:  Contact your Head of School or school office to report exposure

Second:  Stay home for 14 days after last exposure and maintain social distance from others.

Third:  Self-monitor for symptoms; check temp twice a day and watch for other symptoms.

Fourth:  Contact your personal physician for any symptoms.

Fifth:  Teachers should, if at all possible, teach their classes from home.

Note:  Do to the seriousness of this point, and the ramifications for EDS, we urge the entire EDS community to minimize exposure by avoiding unnecessary, large group activities. 

What should you do if a parent calls you to report that their child is Covid positive?

First: Notify your Head of School or school office.

Second: Student must quarantine for 10 days. After the 10 day quarantine, student may return to school when they have been fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medications and other symptoms have improved.

Third:  The Head of School will determine what classes that student was in from 2 days prior to symptom presentation until the student was tested and what students and staff were exposed.  Note: Exposure is defined as closer than 6 feet for a period of at least 15 mins. or coughed upon

Fourth:  The health department must be notified and will make recommendations.

Fifth:  It is likely that, at a minimum, the class will be notified that an individual was Covid positive (name to remain anonymous) and all exposed individuals will be told to stay home and maintain social distancing until 14 days have passed after exposure. Self-monitor for fever and other symptoms, call your doctor to get tested if fever or other symptoms are detected.

Sixth:  Other students and faculty will likely be advised to continue social distancing and masking and self-monitor for fever and symptoms for 14 days.

What do you do when a student who has been absent returns to class?

First:  Students who have been absent from school for a day or more with any illness or while participating in Distance Learning and are returning to class, must be accompanied by a parent and check in with the school office.  The student will then be screened for Covid symptoms and if cleared, will be given an admit slip.  DO NOT LET A STUDENT INTO CLASS AFTER AN ABSENCE WITHOUT AN ADMIT SLIP.

Second:  If the student is awaiting Covid test results, or has not been fever free for the required amount of time or shows any current symptoms, he/she will not be allowed to return to class.

If my child is experiencing Covid symptoms but I prefer not to take them to a doctor, how should I proceed? 

First: We recommend parents contact their personal health care professional if their  child has symptoms of Covid.  If they choose not to, the student must quarantine for 10 days. After the 10 day quarantine, student may return to school when they have been fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medications and other symptoms have improved.

If my child was tested for Covid, and we have not yet received results, but they have been symptom and fever free for 72 hours without fever reducing medication, can he/she return to school?

First:  No.  The child must remain home until test results are available, and if positive must quarantine for 10 days from the onset of the Covid Symptoms.  However, if the Covid test is negative and the child has been symptom and fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medications, they may return to school.

Note:  A student may return to school with a doctor’s note giving an alternative diagnosis (flu, strep, sinus infection, etc) and a negative Covid test when fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication. 

What do I do if I or someone else in my family was exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19? 

First: “Exposure” is defined as being within 6 feet on an infected person for more than 15 minutes from two days prior to symptom development until at least ten days after the start of symptom onset.

Second: If you have been “exposed”, you notify your Director of Operations and self-quarantine for 14 days and monitor for fever and other symptoms. Call your doctor to get tested if fever or other symptoms are detected. 

Third: If you were around the infected individual, but not within the above definition of “exposure”, you may continue to go to school or work and should continue social distancing and masking and self-monitor for fever and symptoms for 14 days.  

Fourth: If someone else in your family was exposed to someone with Covid, they should follow step two, but this does not affect other non-exposed family members.  Other family members may continue going to work or school, and should allow the exposed individual to self-quarantine.  If your exposed family member begins to experience symptoms, and you were exposed to them up to two days prior to symptom onset, you should then follow step two.

What do I do if my child or I have Covid-like symptoms, but based on my child’s/my personal health history, I believe this is not Covid but a typical seasonal or non-infectious illness?

You may return to school under one of two options:

The student may return with a negative Covid test AND an alternate diagnosis from their physician AND fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication.

The student may return after 24 hours fever free without fever reducing   medications AND 10 days with improvement of symptoms.

NOTE: If you or your child has a repetitive/chronic health issue that might mimic one or more symptoms of Covid, a note from your doctor verifying this will be taken into consideration when determining the return to school date. If this applies to you, please have your doctor provide this information to the school nurse as soon as possible. This will be kept on file.  Examples of this would include chronic stomach issues, recurrent headaches, and seasonal allergies that typically cause congestion/runny nose/cough/sore throat, etc.