COVID-19 Testing

Protocol – Signs of Illness in Students and Staff and Correct Hand and Respiratory Hygiene

The district will emphasize healthy hygiene practices for students and staff by providing initial and refresher education in hand and respiratory hygiene, along with providing adequate supplies and time for frequent hand hygiene.  Signs will be posted throughout the school (e.g., entrances, restrooms, cafeteria, classrooms, offices, auditorium, custodial areas) and regular messaging will be shared with the school community.  Signage will be used to remind individuals to:

  1.  Know the signs of illness and report symptoms of, or exposure to, COVID-19.

Signs of Illness:

  • Fever or chills (100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater);
  • 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; and/or
  • Diarrhea.

Staff will be educated to observe students and staff for signs of any type of illness such as:

  • Flushed cheeks;
  • Rapid or difficulty breathing (without recent physical activity);
  • Fatigue, and/or irritability; and
  • Frequent use of the bathroom.  

If a student or staff member exhibits any of these signs with no other explanation for them, they will be sent to the school health office for an assessment by the school nurse.  

If school nurse determines that the student or staff member has symptoms indicative of the virus, they will be isolated from others and sent home immediately.  

Such persons will be referred to their healthcare provider and provided resources on COVID-19 testing if symptoms persist for more than 24 hours.  A student or staff member cannot return to school with a fever unless it has been 24 hours without medication after the last 100 degrees or greater reading.

  1. Stay home if they feel sick
  2. Cover their nose and mouth with an acceptable face covering.  
  3. Properly store and, when necessary, discard PPE.
  4. Adhere to social distancing instructions.
  5. Follow hand hygiene, and cleaning and disinfection guidelines.

Protocol – Students or Staff who become Ill with Symptoms of COVID-19 at School

The district requires students or staff with a temperature, signs of illness, and/or a positive response to the questionnaire to be sent directly to a dedicated isolation area where students are supervised, prior to being picked up or otherwise sent home

Students will be supervised in the isolation area while awaiting transport home and will be separated by at least 6 feet

Students will be escorted from their isolation area to their parent/guardian

Students or staff will be referred to a healthcare provider and provided resources on possible COVID-19 testing if symptoms persist for more than 24 hours.  A student or staff member cannot return to school with a fever unless it has been 24 hours without medication after the last 100 degrees or greater reading.