Shared by : Teresa Layton, WWS Nurse Coordinator.
We wanted to update you on the most recent information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Indiana State Department of Health (ISHD). The response to COVID-19 requires us to be flexible to changing guidelines and recommendations. As new information becomes available for the CDC and ISDH, WWS will continue to monitor and update our procedures and communicate this information to you to keep you informed and allow us to provide in-person instructions. Changes are in bold.
ISDH has updated the *COVID-19 Screening for Parents (8/25/20) please review this information as some of the symptoms associated with COVID-19 have changed. Please be advised that ANY one of the symptoms may be related to COVID-19.
What to do if your child has symptoms?
- Please keep your child home if they are having ANY of the symptoms, even just one
- Fever (100F) or Chills
- Sore Throat
- New cough or uncontrolled cough
- Shortness of Breath
- Diarrhea, Nausea or Vomiting
- Headache (if new for this student, severe, or with fever)
- New loss of taste or smell
- Muscle or body aches
- Contact a healthcare provider to help determine if these symptoms are related to COVID or there is another reason for the symptoms.
- Follow the healthcare providers recommendations- this may include testing and/or isolating at home.
- All Siblings and household members should remain home until test results have been reported AND the provider has determined if symptoms for the child require isolation and quarantine of close contacts.
- If your child has been sent home with symptoms from school, the siblings will need to be picked up and stay home (see quarantine information below).
- If you choose to not contact a provider your child can return to school in 10 days if fever free for at least 24 hours AND symptoms are improving. Siblings and household members will have to stay home for 14 days and quarantine. However, if a sibling in quarantine becomes sick they will have to then stay home for 10 days starting from the day after symptoms started.
When to Isolate?
The following persons should isolate:
- A positive COVID-19 test OR
- A provider diagnosis for COVID-19 that advises the person to isolate (regardless of test results COVID can not be ruled out).
Isolation means keeping sick people away from healthy ones. For COVID-19, this means that the sick person stays in a separate bedroom or separate area of the home and stays away from others. This includes staying home from school and any activities. Currently, guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that COVID-19 positive people with symptoms isolate for 10 days from the start of their symptoms, be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and show improvement of symptoms. Individuals who test positive without symptoms should isolate for 10 days from the date their sample was collected. For additional information see https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/files/20_Family%20isolation_COVID-19_8-10-20.pdf
When to Quarantine?
The following persons should quarantine:
- A sibling, family member or household member who lives in the same household as a person who is
- Sick with a COVID related symptom(s)
- Undergoing evaluation by a provider for COVID-19 symptoms
- Waiting for test results
- A person identified in direct contact (close contact) with a person who is in isolation either by a positive test result or a provider diagnosis (COVID-19 can not be ruled out by test results)
Quarantine means separating people who were exposed to someone who was sick. Since people who were around other sick people are more likely to get sick themselves, quarantine prevents them from unintentionally spreading the virus to other people even before they realize they are sick. Usually people who are in quarantine stay at home and avoid going out or being around other people. This includes staying home from school and other activities. Currently, the CDC advises that close contacts of COVID-19 positive people quarantine for 14 days after the last exposure with the COVID-19 positive person, even if they have a negative test. For additional information see 20_Family quarantine_COVID-19_8-26-20
Who is a Close Contact
An individual is considered a close contact if any of following when
•* You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more. This could be a single encounter of more than 15 minutes or multiple encounters within a single day that add up to more than 15 minutes.
• You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
• You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
• You shared eating or drinking utensils
• They sneezed, coughed or somehow got respiratory droplets on you
Keep in mind that anyone who lives with or stayed overnight for at least one night in a household with the infected person while he or she was infectious is at highest risk.
In addition, WWS works with the public health agencies both state and local as well as the Riverview Health Athletic Medical Staff to help us determine who should be considered a close contact including what activities may put a person at greater risk of exposure. We are conservative in our approach in order to prevent or slow the potential for spread of the virus. This is to allow WWS to continue to participate in athletics and in-person learning.
Finally, please be respectful of each other’s privacy. We are all in this together and by working together we can continue to enjoy participating in events and school. We all look forward to a better way to reduce the spread and remain healthy in the near future and allow us to return to full time school and school related events.