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Health Requirements to Attend School

From the Nurse's Desk

September 1, 2021

 

This year the overarching goal is to keep all students and staff safely in school, in person, full time. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Center for Disease Control have said in-person learning must be a priority. The most effective strategy is a vaccinated community layered with other mitigation measures. In preparation for a safe and healthy return to school this fall please take the time to review the information below. Protocols are based on the most recent guidance from the Archdiocese of New York, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH). In addition to vaccination, safety measures include:

  • Universal indoor masking

  • Physical distancing per CDC guidelines

  • Ventilation

  • Handwashing and respiratory etiquette

  • Monitoring absenteeism

  • Monitoring community transmission

 

Daily protocols and procedures

Every day before leaving home students must complete the Daily Health Screening Form and record their temperature.

  • If a student answers yes to any question they must contact the school immediately.

  • If the temperature is 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, the student should stay home and see a doctor.  

  • Face masks must be worn at all times inside the school and immediately outside the building.

  • Non-disposable face masks should be washed daily.

  • Students must wear face masks that cover the nose and mouth and they must maintain appropriate social and physical distancing.

  • Hand washing is the most effective protection against germs and the spread of disease. Hand sanitizer will be available when hand washing is not possible.

  • Students shall not be permitted to congregate in large groups before, during, or after school.

  • Students, teachers, and staff should avoid carpooling, but when carpooling, it is strongly recommended that everyone wear masks and have windows open as well as non-circulating air through the ventilation system.

 

Sanitizing and Disinfecting Policies and Practices

Although the CDC has suggested that COVID-19 rarely spreads through surface contact, D.A. will continue to take special care with sanitization as follows:

  • Frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected at least daily and, as necessary, by trained custodial staff.

  • Bathrooms shall be disinfected by wiping down with EPA-approved cleaners throughout the day and shall be thoroughly cleaned daily.

  • Classrooms shall be thoroughly cleaned daily with a plan for disinfecting throughout the day and at the end of each day.

  • Thorough cleaning and sanitization shall be completed when students are not present.

  • Windows shall be open, weather permitting, to allow for maximum ventilation.

 

Policies and Procedures for a sick student or staff member:

  • COVID-19 vaccination is a critical prevention measure to help end the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 vaccines are now widely available in the United States, and the CDC recommends all people 12 years and older be vaccinated against COVID-19, which protects against COVID-19, including Delta and other variants.  

  • Staff and students must stay home if they do not feel well.

  • Staff and students will be monitored for signs of illness. Symptoms potentially include:

    • Fever of 100.0 Fahrenheit or higher

    • Cough

    • Chills

    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

    • Loss of taste or smell

    • Fatigue

    • Sore throat

    • Headache

 

  • Students or staff members exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms will be sent home.

  • The student’s parent or guardian will be notified and safe pickup arranged.

  • Staff will be asked to discreetly leave the building immediately and report their symptoms to a medical professional.

  • Any room or area occupied by a symptomatic individual will be cleaned and disinfected following CDC guidelines.

  • Symptomatic staff members and students who are positive for COVID-19 cannot return to school until they have met the CDC criteria to discontinue home isolation for COVID-19, which include:

    • 24 hours with no fever

    • an indication that symptoms have improved

    • 10 days should have elapsed since the symptoms appeared if the person tested positive for COVID-19

  • Illnesses not related to COVID-19 should have an acceptable alternative diagnosis letter from a medical doctor and a negative PCR COVID-19 test.

  • Staff and student absenteeism will be monitored as well as present symptoms or types of illness among students and staff to guide decision-making and next steps.

  • Students, faculty, and staff must follow all quarantine orders issued by federal, state, and local government directives.

  • Students who are COVID-19 positive may return only after providing a note of medical clearance and completing the isolation timeline required by the CDC.

  • In keeping with HIPAA law, at no time may the identity of an individual who is COVID-19 positive be revealed.

 

Close contact and travel protocols

Individuals who have been exposed to someone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19, who are not fully vaccinated or have not recovered from COVID-19 in the previous 3 months, are required to quarantine for 10 days after exposure. A test should be sought immediately if any symptoms develop during the 14 days after exposure.

Consistent with CDC guidance and NYS recommendations, international and domestic travelers returning to New York State, who are not fully vaccinated or have not recovered from COVID-19 in the previous 3 months, will be required to quarantine for either 7 days with a test 3-5 days after travel or 10 days without a test.

Irrespective of quarantine status, all individuals exposed to COVID-19 must:

  • Monitor symptoms daily from the day of exposure (or first date of awareness of exposure if there is a delay) through Day 14;

  • Continue strict adherence to all recommended non-pharmaceutical interventions, including hand hygiene and the use of face coverings, through Day 14 (even if fully vaccinated);

  • Immediately self-isolate if any symptoms develop and contact the local public health authority or their health care provider to report this change in clinical status and determine if they should seek testing.

 

We thank you for your attention and cooperation as we work to keep our school community safe.

 

Ms. Jessie Lawler, RN

School Nurse

schoolnurse@dominicanacademy.org

 

General Health Requirements, Fall 2021

 

July 19, 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians

In preparation for a safe and healthy return to school this Fall please take the time to review the information below regarding health requirements to attend school. 

Immunizations

  • New York State Law requires all students to have certain immunizations.
  • Prior to the start of the new school year please review your child’s immunization history with your healthcare provider to ensure immunization requirements are up to date.
  • If required immunizations are not up to date your child risks exclusion from school until immunizations are compliant with state law.

Health Exams

  • All students need to submit a new health exam every 12-months documented by your healthcare provider on this form.
  • Students who have not had a documented health exam within the last 12-months are not permitted to participate in school sports, including tryouts until a new health exam has been completed.
  • If a student’s health exam was completed more than 30 days prior to Fall sport try-outs an interval health history form must be submitted prior to try-outs.

Medication Administration Forms (MAF)s

  • Students who take or may need to take medications while at school, whether prescription or over the counter should have a Medication Administration Form on file at school.
  • All students with a diagnosis such as asthma, allergies, diabetes, or seizure disorder should submit the appropriate Medication Administration Form. 
  • Even if your child can take his/her own medicine, it is important for the school clinical team to be aware of the student’s medical needs in case of an emergency.
  • The form is completed and signed by your child’s healthcare provider and in addition signed by a parent or guardian on the back page.
  • Medication Administration Forms are accepted on a rolling basis. A new Medication Administration Form is needed each school year. 

COVID-19

In addition, the Center for Disease Control, the New York State Department of Health, New York City Health Department  and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that all children 12yrs and older, unless otherwise contraindicated, should receive a COVID-19 vaccine. 

If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to me at schoolnurse@dominicanacademy.org. Thank you sincerely for your attention to this information.

Wishing you all a safe, healthy, and restorative summer.

Jessie Lawler, RN

School Nurse