Health Management - Safety Protocols
Student Health Guidance During COVID-19
As the cold and flu season approaches we will have the added concern of the Coronavirus (Covid-19). The symptoms of Covid-19 resemble the cold viruses and upper respiratory illnesses we see annually. PLEASE KEEP YOUR CHILDREN HOME WHEN THEY ARE SICK. This is to decrease the risk of infected individuals from entering the building, to keep our students healthy from all illnesses (not just Covid-19), and to maintain healthy work conditions for our staff.
Below are some specific instructions from the Ray School Health Office that are intended to help you navigate the “Stay Home When Sick” requirements.
Please keep your child home if:
- Your child has had a known or suspected exposure to COVID-19 within the past 14 days OR
- Your child has traveled outside of New England in the past two weeks OR
- Your child has symptoms listed below:
Please make sure you have a thermometer at home. Keep in mind that a temperature reading is only one piece of a COVID-19 health assessment. While a child’s temperature may be in the normal range they may have other symptoms that warrant staying home and/or seeing a healthcare provider. A doctor’s note will be required for returning to school. Please note that this requirement may be changed based on recommendations from the New Hampshire Department of Health. We appreciate your help to keep everyone in our school community well and our students ready to learn. We thank you in advance for your assistance with this important aspect of school health
When you call the school to report your child’s absence please specify what type of symptoms he/she has: fever, respiratory, gastrointestinal, or other. This will support our efforts to monitor the frequency and number of illnesses.
Volunteers, Visitors, Field Trips
It is vital that we limit the number of people in our school building to those who need to be there. To this end, it is important to note that no outside visitors or volunteers, including parents, will be allowed in our building. We hope to loosen these restrictions as the year progresses.
The only exception to this rule will be for employees or contracted service providers necessary for special education or required support services, and those must be approved by the school or district. If a parent absolutely must be in the building, they will be given access to a designated area and will need to complete the health questionnaire and temperature checks like our staff will do.
At this time, we do not anticipate participating in any field trips this year.