Important Health Reminders

Important Health Reminders
Posted on 01/14/2021
Health

Greetings ISD 192 Families,

We are very excited to welcome our youngest learners back to our school buildings. It is because of the great work our community did in following health and safety standards last fall that we were able to continue our hybrid model as long as we did, and we’re grateful to you all for that. Once again we’re asking you to keep in mind health and safety standards as we return elementary students to the classroom. Please take a moment to review these important guidelines before your learners return to school. 

Daily Health Screenings
All families must complete a Daily Health Screening prior to sending learners to school. If your learner has ANY of the following more common COVID-19 symptoms they must not attend school and should consider getting a COVID-19 test:

  • Fever of 100 or higher (daily home temperature check required)
    • Without the use of fever reducing medications
  • New onset or worsening cough 
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • New loss of taste or smell

If your learner has ANY TWO or MORE of the less Common COVID-19 symptoms, they must not attend school and should consider getting a COVID-19 test:

  • Muscle or body aches
  • Sore Throat
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Excessive fatigue
  • New onset of severe headache
  • New onset nasal congestion or runny nose

In either of these cases, any other learners in the same household must remain at home as well and cannot attend any activities, until it can be confirmed the symptoms are not COVID-19 related or a medical professional can provide an alternative diagnosis. If it is determined that a learner must quarantine or isolate, the building nurse or building administrator will help determine the date of return according to Minnesota Department Health (MDH) guidance.

Quarantine Information
If your learner has had a COVID-19 test and is awaiting results, they (and any learners in the household) cannot attend school or any activities until the building nurse or building administrator has verified they are medically cleared to return. Please see the linked resource for additional information from MDH regarding What to do While You Wait for a COVID-19 Test Result. If it is determined that a learner must quarantine or isolate the building nurse or building administrator will help determine the date of return.

Linked is the MDH Decision Tree that schools and youth programs will use to determine who will need to quarantine or isolate depending on the given circumstances. It also indicates when a person in quarantine or isolation may return to school or activities. As you can see in the Decision Tree, if a learner is sent home with COVID-19 symptoms any other learner(s) living in the same household will be sent home too.

As outlined in the most recent MDH Guidance, if a learner is a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case:

  • A 14 day quarantine remains the CDC’s recommendation for the greatest protections against COVID-19 and is required for household close contact. Household close contacts cannot test out of quarantine. 
  • A 10 day quarantine may be considered for non-household close contact with no symptoms.
  • A 7 day quarantine with a negative PCR test on or after day 5 may be considered for non-household close contact with no symptoms upon request. You can reach out directly to your school for additional information on shortened quarantine periods. 

Have a Distance Learning Plan & a COVID-19 Plan: 
Families should have a plan and be prepared for distance learning to last up to 14 days due to illness or quarantine. We are hopeful that quarantines associated with school activities will be limited, but families should be aware that whole classrooms, grade levels, and buildings could shift to distance learning at short notice. Teachers will connect with families about learning expectations during quarantine periods. 

Families should also have a COVID-19 plan to use in the event one or more family members become ill. Visit https://www.ready.gov/ to learn more about building an emergency plan. 

Healthful Hygiene Practices: 

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, often throughout the day. 
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Stay home when you’re not feeling well

Our Farmington Area Public Schools community is relying on each of us to follow the health guidelines to keep all members of our community safe. If you have additional questions, please contact your learner’s school directly and they can help answer any questions you may have.

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