April | Bobcat Breeze
April 19, 2021
Dear Edison Families,
On behalf of the teachers, support staff, custodians, and office staff who have been preparing for our transition to blended learning, I hope you are well and are as excited about your return next week as we are. Whether you are choosing to return in person or stay with online learning, we look forward to connecting with you on a daily basis. For those of you returning in person, I wanted to review some items to make sure you are prepared to learn safely when on campus.
Students Presenting Symptoms at Home
In an effort to maintain a healthy school environment and to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we ask that all parents keep their students at home if they are sick. Parents are asked to screen their child for COVID-19 symptoms each morning before they send them to school using our Daily Checklist for Families. This shared responsibility is critical to our ability to keep our school open for blended learning. In support of this partnership, we will send out regular reminders to families each week. Please report your student’s illness with details of all symptoms to our health office at 909-984-5618. Our Health Office will follow up on all students that are at home with COVID-19 symptoms.
If your student had close contact within the past 14 days with a person known or suspected to be COVID-19 positive, has a fever of 100° Fahrenheit or greater, cough, difficulty breathing, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, headache, fatigue/muscle or body aches, sore throat, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, they must stay home.
Students Presenting Symptoms at School
If students develop symptoms during the school day on campus, they will be immediately sent to the health office for an assessment. Staff will use the Student Symptom Decision Tree to determine if the student needs to go home, and if so, how long they must stay home and when the student may return to school. This Student Symptom Decision Tree is a nationally recognized tool that has been endorsed by the San Bernardino County Health Care Agency. Please review the document to better understand which symptoms will be assessed when students are sent to the health office. Our health office staff will be following the Student Symptom Decision Tree and ask for parents/guardians to be aware that decisions on sending students home will be enforced based on the student’s symptoms, and you will be asked to immediately pick up your child from school.
Student Access to Learning While at Home
It is important to note that a student who is sent home, stays home, or has been exposed to COVID-19 and is at home in quarantine, will be able to access classroom instruction online from home if they are healthy enough to participate.
Following the statewide order from the California Department of Public Health, face coverings are required in school settings for all students PK-12. OMSD has established the following guidelines to be adhered to on all school campuses. Please reference the bullets included below to understand the district’s comprehensive guidelines on face coverings.
Face coverings are required for ALL children and staff.
Neck Gaiters or face masks with an exhalation valve or vent are not allowed
Face coverings will be worn in all environments
Face coverings may be removed when drinking water or when the covering needs to
The following welcome back video provides families an excellent glimpse about the enhanced sanitation, proper use of face coverings, health and safety measures and the importance of staying home when you are sick. Thank you for reviewing and discussing applicable portions of the video with your child prior to their first day on campus. As an added resource, we’ve published a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) for your reference in the previous newsletter found here.
We hope this information helps answer questions you may have, and look forward to connecting with our students both in-person and online as we finish our year #edisonstrong #together!