COVID-19 Protocols: FAQ & A

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COVID-19 Protocols: FAQ & A

What can parents do at home to help?

1. Check your child's temperature.

2. Keep your child at home if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
    - Fever of 100 degrees or higher
    - Cough or congestion that causes shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    - New onset or worsening congestion or runny nose (not associated with allergies)
    - New onset or unexplained severe headache
    - Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain
    - Sore throat
    - New loss of taste or smell
    - Unexplained fatigue, muscle or body aches, or chills

3. Also, keep your child at home if they have:
    - Traveled to an area with a current COVID-19 outbreak in the past 14 days
    - Been in contact with COVID-19 suspected or diagnosed individuals in the past 14 days

4. Wash your child's mask every night and provide extras for the school day (if possible).

5. Encourage frequent hand washing.  (Wash for 20 seconds using both soap and water.)

6. Clean high-contact surfaces regularly.

7. Wash clothes regularly.

8. Encourage daily showers.

9. Maintain healthy habits.

What are the morning procedures?

All staff members will check temperatures upon entering the building.  

Staff will take student temperatures as they enter the building.

If a temperatures is 100.0 or higher or if symptoms are present, students will be escorted to the clinic for further evaluation.

If a fever persists and symptoms continue, parents/guardians will be notified.

When will my child be sent home?

Students will be re-evaluated by the school nurse and if temperature and/or symptoms are still present, parents/guardians will be notified.

When do I have to pick up my student?

When temperature and/or symptoms are noted, parents/guardians will be required to pick up students within 30 minutes of the notification.  Please make arrangements to have someone available.

When can my child return to school?

Students will have a return policy depending on their symptoms and exposure to COVID-19.  

This will be on a case-by-case basis.

What if we travel?

If you travel to an area with high COVID-19 rates or outbreaks, you will need to quarantine for 14 days upon arriving home.

What if my child has seasonal allergies?

New onset or worsening symptoms including a fever of 100.0 will be a concern. 

Seasonal allergies are not a concern.

What happens if there is a positive case in our home?

Students will be asked to quarantine for 14 days after their last contact with a COVID-19 positive case.  The COVID-19 positive individual in the home will be monitored by ACHD (Ashland County Health Department) and asked to quarantine away from other household members.

What happens if there is a positive case in the classroom?

Students will remain in isolation (at home) and will be followed by ACHD.  The school will work with ACHD in completing contact tracing within the school and will inform everyone who will need to be contacted.

What happens if there is a positive case in the home and my child cannot be quarantined from them?

Students will be followed by ACHD and their healthcare provider.  They will be permitted to return when medically released.

Do you have to notify everyone if there is a positive case in the school?

Only the staff and/or student(s) within the contact tracing of the individual with a positive COVID-19 result will be notified. 

How will contact tracing be conducted?

All students will have assigned seating within classrooms and at lunch.  Attendance will be taken daily within each classroom/class period and at extracurricular activities.  The school will work directly with the ACHD on tracing staff and students throughout their day and families will be contacted as needed.  

When will the school shut down?

As soon as a positive case develops in a school, the ACHD will be notified.  Mapleton will work with ACHD and will follow the recommendations and guidelines given.

When do students need to wear masks?

Staff and students must wear a mask at school.  There are mask breaks built into each day when students are seated at their desks, physically distanced, and given permission by the teacher.

When are face shields acceptable?

Face shields are acceptable to be worn by teachers in specific physically distanced instructional times when deemed necessary by the teacher.

Face shields are NOT a replacement for a facial covering (e.g. mask or gaitor).

Can my student bring in a birthday treat?

We will not be able to accommodate birthday treats this year.  
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