JULY 28, 2020
FPS District Nurses Health Planning | 20-21 Issue 03
(Please see this 4 minute video below for a message from our district nurses below about the continued work on Reopening Doors planning)
HEALTH PLANNING FOR REOPENING DOORS
We ask that you please head to the FAQ and review the recently updated information in the COVID-19 RELATED QUESTIONS and UNIVERSAL PRECAUTIONS sections so you can be better informed to make your decision on whether to have your child attend In-Person instruction or to enroll for Virtual. A screenshot below shows what the newly updated sections look like.
What safety measures will be taken by FPS to minimize the spread of infection during In-Person instruction?
- Requiring face masks or coverings for all students and staff
- Enforcing frequent hand washing or hand sanitizing at scheduled intervals, including the start of the school day, prior to eating, and following room changes
- Sanitizing surfaces that are frequently touched with each change in student group
- Grouping students within cohorts as much as possible
- Ensuring that our processes support students and staff who are showing signs of illness to stay home
- Daily disinfection of the entire school building
For more information about the safety precautions that will consistently be practiced for those attending In-Person instruction, please see the Universal Precautions section of the FAQs.
What will be the FPS response to COVID-19 cases, contacts, or exposures among staff and students?
2) A student or staff members shows signs of illness that meet the definition of suspected COVID-19
- Please see the FAQ for information on what defines suspected COVID-19
- The individual showing signs of illness is sent to isolation room to be evaluated by a District Nurse or designee
- If the symptoms meet the definition for suspected COVID-19, the individual with symptoms is excluded until:
10 days from the point symptoms first appeared INCLUDING at least 72 hours of no symptoms
- OR -
They test negative for COVID-19, documentation of a negative test result is submitted, and they are symptom-free for 24 hours
- OR -
There is documented evidence by a medical provider clearing your child’s return as a result of diagnosis with another illness that would account for similar symptoms
The district will identify close contacts and exclude pending investigation by the District and Franklin Health Department.
3) A student or staff member has been identified as a close contact to an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 or has suspected COVID-19
- Direct physical contact (hug, handshake, high five, etc.)
- OR -
- In the same room or indoor or outdoor location for greater than 15 minutes but less than 6 feet apart
- OR -
- Direct contact of respiratory secretions (coughed on, sneezed on, or coming into direct contact with saliva, touching dirty kleenex) of an individual diagnosed with COVID-19
- OR -
- Staying overnight for at least one night with the person
- If an individual is determined to be a close contact, they would be placed in self-quarantine by the health department for 14 days since the last close contact with someone with COVID-19.
MORE HEALTH & COVID-19 RESOURCES FOR PARENTS
We are doing our best to answer all questions and to get information ready for the start of the school year. Over the next few weeks, the district will be communicating more details on what Reopening Doors looks like for the In-Person and Virtual models. In the meantime, our district nurses would like to share these helpful links with you:
BACK-TO-SCHOOL ONLINE CHECK-IN OPENS ON WED 8/5
- Yesterday, we released our Virtual Option information for families to review (click here).
- Tomorrow (Wednesday, July 29), please look for a communication from us that will contain the application for the Virtual Option. The application will be open through next Tuesday, August 4 @ 11:59pm at night. If you do not apply for the Virtual Option by the deadline, you will be unable to opt in to Virtual at a later time. After we have the applications for Virtual, we can then continue forward with organizing our staff and getting ready for students.
- Our buildings and grounds staff, along with our administration, is currently reviewing processes and procedures for disinfecting, sanitizing and cleaning our buildings and classrooms. We aim to share more specifics around this work with you later this week.
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