Symptomatic Students or Staff
If a student or staff becomes ill at school they should come to the health office for evaluation. A mask will be applied and the nurse will determine if the student/staff need to be placed in isolation. Due to COVID-19 recommendations, students who develop any of the symptoms, listed above, must be picked up at school by parents or emergency contacts as soon as possible. If a child has been sent home due to illness we request that you contact your child’s healthcare provider. A note from your child’s healthcare provider will be required for return to school.
My child has been ill. When can they return to school?
Please view this Covid 19 Symptom Flowsheet for information about when a sick student may return to school. There are different protocols depending on recommendations from your student’s healthcare provider, who will determine whether a Covid-19 test should be performed.
If a student presents with symptoms during the school day and we determine the student needs to be sent home, siblings of the ill student will notneed to be sent home at this time. However, if the pediatrician determines that the student’s symptoms warrant a COVID-19 test siblings will need to stay home until test results return.
Following an ill student or staff person being sent home with potential COVID symptoms, and in consultation with the school nurse, the student’s class will go outdoors, or other location in inclement weather. The surfaces in the classroom will then be sanitized by custodial or maintenance personnel. Students will return to the classroom when the cleaning is complete.
If COVID-19 is confirmed in a student or staff member, building administration, in consultation with Laura, Jay Badams, and Michael Hinsley, will follow protocol around communication, contact tracing, cleaning, and whether to close schools. AT ALL TIMES, confidentiality should be maintained. Staff should neither confirm nor deny known identities to families who are inquiring. Inquiries should be sent to Laura and Lauren if families continue to express concerns.
From CDC- If COVID-19 is confirmed in a student or staff member we will close off areas used by a sick person. These areas will not be used until cleaning and disinfecting has been performed. The current recommendation is to wait at least 24 hours before cleaning and disinfecting. If 24 hours is not feasible, wait as long as possible. Ensure safe and correct use and storage of cleaning and disinfection products including storing products securely away from children. If a case of Covid-19 is reported among a student or staff member the Ray School will work with the State of NH and local public health authorities. We will support local health authorities with contact tracing.
The Ray School has a health office and an isolation room. The isolation room will be used for students/staff presenting with fever or symptoms of Covid-19. The isolation room is a separate space with a door, and ventilation to the outside. This space allows for observation of students/staff members in isolation. The main section of the health office will serve students and staff with injuries, medication administration, health screenings, and other nursing duties.