Nurse

Tyler Driscoll

SCHOOL NURSE

P 860.228.1801
F 860.228.8420
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District Wellness Policy

 

Communicating COVID-19 test results

Please report COVID-19 test results as soon as they are received to the school nurse Tyler Driscoll on the nursing office direct line (860) 228-1801 during school hours. If you receive your test results out of normal school hours please email covid@hebron.k12.ct.us.

Sick Day and Return Guidelines

Sick Day Guidelines for Unvaccinated Students and Staff

It is essential to reinforce to students, parents and staff the importance of staying home when sick. Symptom screening at home can be helpful to determine if a student:

  1. currently has an infectious illness that could impair their ability to learn, or
  2. is at risk of transmitting an infectious illness to other students or to school staff.

THEREFORE

Parents and staff are requested to complete a short checklist each morning. If students or staff have any of the CDC listed COVID-19 symptoms below, they must remain at home and contact the School Nurse to report symptoms and get guidance on return to school.

  • Fever and Chills
  • 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

(*For all other symptoms please follow the established pre-COVID-19 Sick Day and Return to School policy)

When to Return to School Guidelines

SECTION 1: Symptoms

This is the list of symptoms that the Connecticut State Department of Education (Addendum 5) has highlighted that require medical evaluation and referral for testing for COVID-19 in order to return to school. (Even if it is just one symptom from this list).

  1. Temperature 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by mouth
  2. Chills
  3. Shortness of breath
  4. NEW uncontrolled cough (students with chronic allergic/asthma cough, a change in their baseline)
  5. Difficulty breathing
  6. Loss of taste or smell

SECTION 2: CLOSE CONTACT/POTENTIAL EXPOSURE

  1. Had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with a person with confirmed COVID-19 or a direct exposure to possibly infected droplets of saliva or nasal mucus

Event 1

If the student/parent or staff answers YES to any symptom in Section 1 but NO to any contact/exposure in Section 2, the individual would be referred for evaluation by their healthcare provider and referred for testing.

  • If the individual tests negative they can return to school once there are no symptoms for 24 hours.
  • If the individual tests positive they must stay in self-isolation for at least 10 days since the onset of symptoms AND until at least 24 hours have passed with no fever (without fever-reducing medication) AND with improvement in other COVID-19 symptoms.
  • If the individual is not tested they must stay in self isolation for at least 10 days since the onset of symptoms AND at least 24 hours have passed with no fever. Students/staff may return to school earlier if they obtain a note from a healthcare provider with an alternative diagnosis.

Event 2

If the student/parent or staff answers YES to any symptom in Section 1 and YES to contact/exposure in Section 2, the individual should be referred for evaluation by their healthcare provider and get tested for COVID-19.

  • The individual who has received a negative test result must stay in self-isolation for at least 10 days since the onset of symptoms AND until 24 hours have passed (with no fever-reducing medication) AND with improvements of symptoms.
  • If the individual tests positive they must stay in self-isolation for at least 10 days since the onset of symptoms AND until 24 hours have passed with no fever-reducing medications) AND with improvements in other symptoms.
  • If the individual is not tested they must stay in self-isolation for at least 10 days since the onset of symptoms AND until at least 24 hours have passed with no fever (without fever-reducing medication) AND with improvement in other symptoms.

Event 3

If the student/parent or staff answers NO to any of the symptoms in section 1 but answers YES to contact/exposure in section 2, the individual should be referred for evaluation by their healthcare provider and get tested for COVID-19.

  • If the individual tests negative they must remain in self-quarantine for 10 days from the last exposure to the person diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • If the individual tests positive, they should remain home and monitor symptoms, staying home until 10 days have passed since the positive COVID-19 test.
  • If the individual is not tested they should remain home in self-quarantine for 10 days from the last exposure to the person diagnosed with COVID-19. Continue to monitor symptoms for an additional 4 days (days 11-14). If any symptoms develop, immediately self-isolate and call the school nurse.

Additional Measures

  • The school nurse is allowed to use their clinical judgement if a staff or student shows signs of COVID-19 not listed in section 1, such as sore throat, headache, vomiting, diarrhea. They can send a student home for medical evaluation and testing for COVID-19.

Guidelines for Students and Staff that are fully vaccinated

Event 1. Fully vaccinated student/staff with COVID symptoms.

A fully vaccinated person who experiences symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should isolate themselves from others, be clinically evaluated for COVID-19 and tested.

Event 2. Fully vaccinated student/staff with no COVID-like symptoms following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

The fully vaccinated student or staff does not need to quarantine, however they should still monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days following an exposure.

School Isolation Protocols

Some students/staff may develop symptoms of infectious illness while at school. School Nurses will take action to isolate students/staff who develop these symptoms from other students and staff.

Students identified at school who develop any of the symptoms in Section 1 regardless of whether they answer YES or NO to contact/exposure in Section 2 should be placed in an isolation room with supervision (LPN with appropriate PPE) and then sent home or to a healthcare facility. Sick students must not ride the bus they must be picked up by their parents/caregiver.

Students that do not have symptoms of COVID-19 but had close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 can be placed in the isolation room with supervision (LPN with appropriate PPE) or remain in the health office and then sent home. The school nurse will determine the location based on the current situation in the isolation room and health office. They must not ride the bus home.

  • The school nurse also is allowed to use their clinical judgement if a student presents with other COVID-19 symptoms not listed in section 1 but is on the CDC list of COVID-19 symptoms. They can isolate the sick student and send home for medical evaluation and referral for testing
  • If a school needs to call an ambulance or bring a student to the hospital, they should first alert the healthcare staff that the student may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
  • After the student is placed in an isolation area, school staff who work in the isolation area should follow CDC’s Considerations for Cleaning and Disinfecting your Building or Facility.
  • At the time of a dismissal for a student from school with symptoms listed above, the nurse will encourage parents to contact their primary care provider. The nurse will review with parents when the child may return to school. The nurse will also notify the teacher that the student will be absent and when the student may be allowed to return. When appropriate, the nurse will follow up with the parent regarding the outcome of the primary care provider’s recommendation.
  • Parents are to be instructed by the nurse to present at a designated entrance, notify staff that they are there and to bring a picture ID.
  • Staff is to notify nurses via phone or intercom. Parent/designee is requested to wait outside. Nurse is to escort students from the isolation area observing 6 feet distancing, parent/designee presents ID and student is dismissed to their care.
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