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Frequently Asked Questions


Posted Date: 08/18/2020

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Angry Cardinal

Frequently Asked Questions

2020

1. What is the district’s plan if a child/staff member tests positive COVID-19 or is exposed to COVID-19?

Any individual who themselves either: 

A. are lab-confirmed to have COVID-19; or

B. experience the symptoms of COVID-19 must stay at home throughout the infection period, and cannot return to campus until the school system screens the individual to determine all of the below conditions for campus re-entry have been met.

 Conditions for Return:

A. In the case of an individual who was diagnosed with COVID-19, the individual may return to school when all three of the following criteria are met: 

  • At least three days (72 hours) has passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications); 
  • The individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath)
  • At least ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared. 

B. In the case of an individual who has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and who is not evaluated by a medical professional or tested for COVID-19, such individual is assumed to have COVID-19, and the individual may not return to the campus until the individual has completed the same three-step set of criteria listed above. 

C. If the individual has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and wants to return to school before completing the above stay at home period, the individual must either  • obtain a medical professional’s note clearing the individual for return based on an alternative diagnosis or  • obtain an acute infection test at an approved testing location that comes back negative for COVID-19. 

D. Schools must immediately separate any student who shows COVID19 symptoms while at school until the student can be picked up by a parent or guardian.

 •  Schools should clean the areas used by the individual who shows COVID-19 symptoms while at school (student, teacher, or staff) as soon as is feasible. 

• Students who report feeling feverish should be given an immediate temperature check to determine if they are symptomatic for COVID-19.

E. Required Actions for Lab-Confirmed Cases in a School: 

• If an individual who has been in a school is lab confirmed to have COVID-19, the school must notify its local health department, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, including confidentiality requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). 

• Schools must close off areas that are heavily used by the individual with the lab-confirmed case (student, teacher, or staff) until the non-porous surfaces in those areas can be disinfected unless more than seven days have already passed since that person was on campus. 

• Consistent with school notification requirements for other infectious diseases, and consistent with legal confidentiality requirements, schools must notify all teachers, staff, and families of all students in a school if a lab-confirmed COVID-19 case is identified among students, teachers or staff who participate in any on-campus activities. 

2. How will sanitation be handled?

A. There will be additional cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces that are touched in common throughout the day, such as door handles, tables, desks, shared supplies, playground equipment. The school also has purchased misting devices and germ bombs to deploy in frequently used areas and as needed.

3. Will the classroom desks be spread out?

A. Yes, depending on the class size, desks will be separated as much as possible to allow for social distancing.  

4. Will there be a daily health screening?

A, Yes, Parents will be asked to screen their child before drop off. Staff will also be asked to self- assess each morning. Temperature checks will be performed first thing. If a student has a temperature of 100 degrees or greater or other symptoms, they will be isolated and parents are required to pick them up within 30 minutes. If a staff member shows any symptoms they will be sent home.

5. What is the district’s plan if local cases rise in Savoy or Fannin County? Will school close down from time to time to disinfect? 

A. The administration will monitor the number of COVID-19 active cases in the Schools, in Savoy and in Fannin county, and make decisions accordingly.

 6. If school closes, will remote learning pause at that time? 

A. No, If the decision is made to close school due to COVID-19, all students will receive remote instruction.

 

7. Will remote learners need school supplies and books?

 A. Yes, Each campus will have times for students to pick up books

8. What are the required hours of instruction for remote learners? 

A. There are no set hours.  There will be daily requirements for students to complete in each class.  However, it is strongly recommended that remote learners follow a daily schedule.

9. Will HS students who wish to do remote learning be allowed to continue participating in extracurricular activities? 

A. Yes.