Important information from the M-W Health Office

on September 11, 2020

Dear Parent/Guardian,

The school district has been collaborating with local and state health officials to help create a safe and healthy school environment for our returning students. There are several new health protocols in place and we ask that you please take a few minutes to read this information in its entirety.

Daily Online Health Screening for Students Attending School in Person

The New York State Department of Health and New York State Education Department require a daily temperature check and screening for all students attending school. We have partnered with our electronic health record provider SNAP (promedsoftware.com) to assist us in making sure that the screening is completed on a daily basis for each child, while ensuring the confidentiality of all medical information.

Beginning September 21, 2020, each morning, prior to the start of the school day, parents and guardians of Monroe-Woodbury students who will be attending in person school will be asked to complete an online health screening about their child, which includes questions about their child’s current health status, body temperature and travel.

You will need to login to the SNAP (a welcome letter will be emailed to you separately from SNAP/promed software “studentehr.com” with a temporary username and password) parent health portal, enter your child’s temperature AND complete the screening each day your child attends school in person. A reminder email will be sent through Powerschool with a digital link to the portal & health screen (paper version is also available). If English is not your primary language, the Health Portal is available in many languages.

If there are no concerns, based on the information entered, and you answered no to ALL of the questions, your child may attend school.

If there are concerns, in any area, or you answered yes to any question, the student must remain home from school that day. A registered professional school nurse will receive the screening results each school day and will reach out to the parent/guardian to discuss how to clear your child to return to school.

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of reported symptoms – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to COVID-19. Symptoms can include:

  • Fever or chills (Temp 100 degrees F or greater)
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Given the wide range of symptoms and the fact that some people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms, it is very important to carefully and completely fill out this screening.

Additional Safety and Health Protocols & Video Resources

In order to ensure the safety of your child and others your child MUST wear a mask to school. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently released Pediatricians Answer Top 10 Questions about Children in Masks, which reinforces why students should be wearing masks when in school.

Please also make sure your children follow and respect school guidelines, keep 6 feet apart and wash their hands with soap/sanitizer frequently. The school district has created simple video tutorials regarding key topics related to the return to school to serve as a reminder for students and families:

If your child requires an inhaler or nebulizer

Current CDC guidelines recommend that students use an inhaler or MDI instead of a nebulizer in school when feasible. Should a nebulizer need to be done, that treatment may be done outdoors, since they generate respiratory aerosols. If your child needs to use their inhaler (with a new prescription on file in the Nurse’s Office each school year), they should do so outside of the classroom. This keeps your child and the other students safe as your child will need to remove their mask to administer the inhaler.

Emergency contact

Lastly, please make sure you have an additional family member or friend available who can pick up your child in case of an emergency. Contact the Main Office at the school your child attends to be sure that person is listed as an emergency contact with current phone numbers in our school records.

For more information from CDC regarding symptoms and illness please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html. To read more about the school district’s reopening protocols, please visit the Inspire webpage on the district website, which will be updated on a regular basis.

We thank you in advance for working with us to keep all the students and staff in the Monroe-Woodbury CSD healthy and safe.

Sincerely,

Lisa Sassi DNP
Monroe-Woodbury K-12 Health Services Coordinator<
[email protected]
845-460-7000, ext. 7030