Notes from Nurse Siniard
Madison City First Class PreK
August 22, 2021
COVID Protocols for the PreK Center
- If your child has been tested for COVID or a family member that lives in the home has been tested, they must remain at home until ALL results from all tests come back as "negative."
- Individuals with COVID-19 may experience mild, severe, or no symptoms. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
Symptoms may include the following:
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
COVID protocol for 2 symptoms will send the student home for an isolation period of 10 days. A student experiencing coughing, or a loss of taste/smell, or difficulty breathing will be sent home for 10 days.
If parents choose not to see a doctor, their child needs to remain home for 10 days. When fever free for 24 hours without medication, and ALL symptoms are improving - may return to school with a parent note.
- Please be diligent about monitoring your child before sending to school because many of these symptoms mimic other communicable diseases, allergies, etc. Please consult your physician, especially if your child has been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
- Students need to remain at home during the onset of any symptoms of an illness, as this is the contagious stage.
- Please notify Nurse Siniard and student's teacher immediately if your child has a positive COVID-19 test result or if your child has any direct contact to a COVID-19 positive or symptomatic person before your child returns to the school.
- COVID-positive notifications are extremely helpful to us at the school, as they allow us to begin any contact tracing protocols necessary to help keep others safe and informed.
Guidance for parents of children who are susceptible to illnesses:
- We realize that these COVID protocols can be frustrating for families with children who are susceptible to illnesses, even during non-pandemic times, but we are asking parents to be extra vigilant with our COVID protocols during this pandemic.
- Parents should be proactive in treating students who are susceptible to allergy season. If a child develops signs of illness after being consistently treated, they should contact their physician for further direction.
- Parents should keep students home at first suspect of an illness. The first day at home is so the parent can monitor their illness. If a child is exhibiting symptoms (headache, fever, new onset of cough, etc.), please contact their physician for further direction. A doctor's note with a date of return to school and an alternate diagnosis for symptoms, if possible, will be required to return before 10 days. Please also provide the school nurse with a copy of any tests (Covid, flu, etc) results. If parents choose not to see a doctor, their child needs to remain home for 10 days and when fever free for 24 hours without medication, and ALL symptoms are improving.
- School nurses cannot treat symptoms and will follow protocol to send the child home. COVID protocol for 2 symptoms will send the student home for an isolation period of 10 days. A student experiencing coughing, or a loss of taste/smell, or difficulty breathing will be sent home for 10 days.
Alabama Blue Cards/Immunization Records
Hard copies of each child's Immunization Certificate is required to be on file at the School building. (The certificate may be blue or white.)
Parents are to bring a current (date not expired) Immunization of Certificate (COI) to Open House on Monday, August 2nd 3:00-6:00.
*Madison City Schools policy:
Attention Parents of New Students: Your child(ren)'s REGISTRATION is NOT COMPLETE until you bring A HARD COPY of the Certificate of Immunization (COI) to the school. Uploading a copy is NOT sufficient! We do not print COI from ImmPRINT. You must get the COI from your child's doctor, clinic, or health department.
The scanned copy is acceptable for online registration only. A printed copy--not a copy of a picture of the Immunization Certificate--is required for the student's folder.
The Hard copy must have the center watermark, child's name, expiration date at the heading "Immprint" (See Example)
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