Information for parents/guardians on return to school from M-W nurses

We all agree that children learn best when physically present in the classroom. School is more than academics, students receive mental health support, meals, and exercise. Returning to school is important for the healthy development and well-being of children, but we must re-open in a way that is safe for all students, teachers and staff and that should be done using a data driven approach based on the demographics of our district.

We ask parents to assist us in a collaborative effort  to keep our students, faculty and staff safe.

  • Check in with your child each morning for signs of illness. If your child has a temperature of 100 degrees or higher, they CANNOT attend school.
    These are the list of symptoms taken from the CDC, regarding COVID-19:  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, vomiting, diarrhea. We ask that students stay home and call their physician if they have these symptoms.
  • In addition, our school nurses will ask that a student be picked up to go home from school if they have the above symptoms while attending school and our recommendation will be that they remain home until they are symptom free for 48 hours and that they get a note from their physician/medical provider to return to school.
  • Parents, students and staff will receive a daily Health Screening/ Entry Requirements Questionnaire using a COVID app via email that they must submit prior to their child boarding buses and/or attending school.
  • Any person failing the health screening may not enter the building or return to school until medically cleared. Any student or staff that arrives at school with signs of COVID will be isolated until they can be sent home. Each office will have a designated “sick area” with proper signage. This area will have access to a sink and appropriate ventilation. All nurse’s office staff will have appropriate PPE (personal protective equipment) to care for students and staff that may be ill.
  • If your child has had close contact with a COVID-19 case, they should not go to school. Follow CDC guidance on what to do when someone has a known exposure.
  • Identify your school point person(s) to contact if your child gets sick, in each building the school nurse is a valuable resource.
  • Make sure your information is current at school, including emergency contacts and individuals authorized to pick up your child(ren) from school.
  • When students are picked up from school due to an illness, the nurse will escort the student to the nearest exit to be picked up.
    Parent/guardian will remain in their car.
  • Nurse will provide detailed information on where to pick-up their child. Some schools may have access to an exit that is not through the main door.
  • Make sure your child is up-to-date with all recommended vaccines, including for flu. All school-aged children should get an influenza flu vaccine every season, with rare exceptions. This is especially important this year because we do not yet know if being sick with COVID-19 at the same time as the flu will result in more severe illness.
  • Review and practice proper hand washing techniques at home, especially before and after eating, sneezing, coughing, and adjusting a face cover. Make hand washing fun and explain to your child why it’s important.
  • Talk to your child about precautions to take at school. Children may be advised to:
  • Wash and sanitize their hands more often.
  • Keep physical distance from other students.
  • Wear a cloth face covering.
  • Avoid sharing objects with other students, including water bottles, devices, writing instruments, and books.
  • Use hand sanitizer (that contains at least 60% alcohol.) Make sure you’re using a safe product. FDA recalled products external icon
  •  Reinforce the concept of physical distancing with your child.
    • Have multiple cloth face coverings, so you can wash them daily and have back-ups ready. Choose cloth face coverings that:
    • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
    • Completely cover the nose and mouth
    • Are secured with ties or ear loops
    • Include multiple layers of fabric
    • Allow for breathing without restriction
    • Can be washed and machine dried without damage or change to shape
    • Practice with your child putting on and taking off cloth face coverings without touching the cloth.
    • Consider providing your child with a container (e.g., labeled resealable bag) to bring to school to store their cloth face coverings when not wearing it (e.g., when eating).
  • All of our Nurses’ Offices Districtwide are set up to designate a “Well Space” and a “Sick Space”
  • Chairs will be 6 feet apart to maintain physical distancing
  • Spaces will be disinfected and sanitized in accordance with CDC guidelines and routine cleaning of high touch surfaces will be done each time a student arrives and leaves
  • Medication administration and routine care of injured students will be done in the “well area”. Seats will be arranged 6 feet apart to maintain physical distancing.