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Staying Safe in Schools 2023-2024

Staying Safe in Schools 2023-2024
Posted on 09/11/2023

Updated January 2, 2024
As winter progresses, maintaining good health is essential and diligence is key.

 For COVID, Flu, and RSV, it's important to stay home when unwell. Generally, regular handwashing is advised, and the use of masks is encouraged when feeling unwell.

Masks and COVID-19 test kits will be available upon request in schools.

 Please be reminded of the health guidelines provided below.

 Staying Safe in School

  • Handwashing/sanitizing is readily available in schools–Perform frequent hand washing/sanitizing and cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
  • Anyone who wishes to mask, including those who face higher risks from illness, will be supported in that choice. Masks are readily available upon request in all schools.
  • Do not come to school if you're sick – Monitor for symptoms consistent with COVID-19, Flu and RSV:

Fever (100.0° Fahrenheit or higher), chills, or shaking chills.

Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough).

Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath.

New loss of taste or smell.

Sore throat, when in combination with other symptoms.

Headache, when in combination with other symptoms.

Muscle aches or body aches,

Nausea, vomiting, when in combination with other symptoms.

Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms.

Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) when in combination with other symptoms.

  • Vaccinations and Boosters - Visit vaccination clinics or your medical provider.
  • Get a test if you are experiencing symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has recently tested positive for COVID-19, Flu or RSV.

Testing Positive for COVID-19

  • A student or staff member who tests positive must isolate for at least five days. They may return to school after day five if they have no symptoms. If they have symptoms, they may return to school after day five if their symptoms are getting better, and they have not had a fever for 24 hours. Return-to-school precautions include masking through day 10.
  • If the student or staff member cannot mask, they can only return to school after testing negative on at least day five. Any student or staff who tested positive may return to school on day 11 with or without a negative test.
  • If a student/staff tests positive for COVID-19, please follow isolation guidance and report the positive result to the school.

COVID-19 Close Contacts

  • Vaccinated and unvaccinated students or staff who are exposed to COVID-19 should wear a high-quality mask for 10 days and get tested at least on day 5.
  • Wear your mask indoors if you are returning from isolation or if you have been exposed to someone who had recently tested positive for COVID-19.

Testing Positive for Flu and RSV

  • Stay home when feeling unwell.
  • Masking is encouraged while you are symptomatic.

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