Cardinal Family Newsletter
It's A Great Day to Be a Cardinal!
September 7-11, 2020
Dear Cardinal Families,
I hope you had an enjoyable three day weekend. We were fortunate to have such beatiful weather.
It is so great having the students back in the building and returning to some normalicy. Thank you for everything you do to help make the return to school successful.
If you didn't have an opportunity to read the letter sent home from Mr. Gibson last week, please take a moment to read it. It contains some very important information. The letter is below.
Have a great week and please reach out with any questions or concerns.
Letter sent home from Mr. Gibson
As we continue to move forward I want to clarify the district's position as it relates to students feeling or being ill at school.
Based on the symptom assessment information that has been provided by the Clermont County Public Health department (see below), Felicity students will be sent home if they complain of ANY of the listed symptoms. The only exception is for students that have a reoccurring medical condition that is documented with a physician’s note.
I understand that this is a very conservative implementation of the guidance. It is my hope to maintain face to face instruction the entire school year. I believe implementing this conservative approach when working with ill students is necessary to provide the safest environment for staff and students, which will in turn allow our schools to remain open for daily student attendance.
I am asking all of you for your patience and support as we all strive to keep our schools open and our students learning.
Daily assessments prior to arrival at school: It is essential that students, caregivers, teachers, associated staff, volunteers, authorized visitors, etc. conduct daily health checks prior to arrival at school. Health checks should include taking temperatures and assessing for symptoms. Symptoms of COVID-19 may range from mild to severe, and can appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Symptoms to assess for COVID-19 include:
∙ Fever of 100.0 o F or higher
∙ Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
∙ Muscle or body aches
∙ Loss of taste or smell
∙ Sore throat
∙ Congestion or runny nose
∙ Nausea or vomiting
Anyone experiencing symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing and/or loss of taste and smell should stay home (or be sent home) AND contact their health care provider for evaluation and/or testing. If the individual chooses not to seek medical care, or if they do seek care and there is no alternative more likely diagnosis and COVID-19 is suspected or confirmed, the ill person should remain at home until the following criteria are met:
∙ No fever (without using fever-reducing medication) for 24 hours, and,
∙ Other symptoms are improving, and,
∙ It has been 10 days since the symptoms first appeared.
∙ To return to school, it is recommended, if possible, the student should be transported to school by the parent and should be checked by the school nurse/health personnel. (This is a requirement of Felicity Schools as listed in the Return to School Plan)
∙ If an alternative diagnosis is made, the individual may return to school 24 hours after symptom resolution with a note from their provider.
Individuals experiencing any other symptoms should be handled in the routine manner adopted by current school district policies, including resolution of symptoms 24 hours before return to school.
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