Staying Safe in Schools 2023-2024 | #schoolsaftey

Cooler temperatures often mean more time spent indoors near others. As we welcome the fall season, let’s work together to keep our community as healthy as possible. Please see the COVID-19 guidance reminder below.

Staying Safe in School

  • Handwashing/sanitizing is readily available in schools–Perform frequent hand washing/sanitizing and cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
  • There is no requirement for masking in schools.
  • Anyone who wishes to mask, including those who face higher risk from COVID-19, will be supported in that choice. Masks are readily available upon request in all schools. 
  • Do not come to school if you’re sick– Monitor for Symptoms consistent with COVID-19
  • Fever (100.0° Fahrenheit or higher), chills, or shaking chills.
  • Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath.
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat, when in combination with other symptoms
  • Headache, when in combination with other symptoms
  • Muscle aches or body aches
  • Nausea, vomiting, when in combination with other symptoms
  • Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other  known causes, such as allergies) when in combination with other symptoms
  • Vaccinations and Boosters –  Visit vaccination clinics or your medical provider. To find COVID-19 vaccine locations near you: Search Call 1-800-232-0233 or Text your zip code to 438829.
  • Get a COVID-19 test if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has recently tested positive for COVID-19.  Can get tested at local pharmacies or your medical provider. Search for local COVID-19 Testing facilities here.
  • Testing Positive for COVID-19
    A student or staff member who tests positive must isolate for at least five days. They may return to school after day five if they have no symptoms. If they have symptoms, they may return to school after day five if their symptoms are getting better, and they have not had a fever for 24 hours. Return-to-school precautions include masking through day 10.
  • If the student or staff member cannot mask, they can only return to school after testing negative on at least day five. Any student or staff who tested positive may return to school on day 11 with or without a negative test.  
  • Call the school to report a student’s Covid-19 positive case– If your student/staff that tests positive for COVID-19 please follow isolation guidance.  Staff who test positive should report it to their school administrator.
  • COVID-19 Close Contacts
    Vaccinated and unvaccinated student or staff who are exposed to COVID-19 should wear a high-quality mask for 10 days and get tested at least on day 5. Quarantine is no longer required. 
  • Wear your mask indoors if you are returning from isolation or if you have been exposed to someone who had recently tested positive for COVID-19.

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