COVID-19 Parent Handbook

THIS HANDBOOK IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Last revised August 2021

 

What are current policies regarding masks?

In following with the CDC, Wisconsin Department of Health, and the Washington/Ozaukee Public Health Department, we recommend (but don’t require) all students and staff  wear masks while indoors.  Understanding that the students will need breaks, teachers will maintain the full scheduled time for recess and will have recess outdoors whenever possible. From the CDC:

Due to the circulating and highly contagious Delta variant, CDC recommends universal indoor masking by all students (age 2 and older), staff, teachers, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status.

Is school conducting symptom checks?

We are counting on parents to keep their students home if they are sick or on fever-reducing medicines. Please check your child’s temperature each day before getting in the car or sending them on the bus. If a fever greater than 100.3°F is detected, do not send them to school. Teachers/staff may also check student temperatures throughout the day.  If a student develops a fever (defined as a temperature greater than 100.3°F) or other symptoms during the day, the student will be isolated from other students and sent home.

How long does my student need to stay home if he/she is sick?

We expect parents to follow CDC guidelines.  Current guidelines say that if a student has a positive COVID-19 test, the student needs to stay home until the student’s symptoms are gone for 24 hours AND until 10 days after his/her first symptom.

Students with any illness should stay home until 24 hours after symptoms resolve without the use of medication.

The Health Department encourages COVID-19 testing, particularly when people have higher priority symptoms (loss of taste or smell, fever, chills, persistent cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, COVID toes, etc.).

Does my student need to quarantine if he/she is exposed to COVID-19?

We expect parents to follow CDC guidelines.  CDC guidelines recommend that if a  person has close contact with a person who has had a positive COVID-19 test, the person should quarantine at home until 14 days after the last contact with the infected person.  From the CDC:

Anyone who has had close contact with someone with COVID-19 should stay home for 14 days after their last exposure to that person.

However, anyone who has had close contact with someone with COVID-19 and who meets the following criteria does NOT need to stay home.

  • Someone who has been fully vaccinated and shows no symptoms of COVID-19. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even they don’t have symptoms and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.

Or

  • Someone who has COVID-19 illness within the previous 3 months and
  • Has recovered and
  • Remains without COVID-19 symptoms (for example, cough, shortness of breath)

Teachers are also subject to quarantine requirements if they have close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID.

Will remote learning be available if my student is quarantined?

Yes.  We have invested in upgraded technology.  We expect to provide live streamed instruction for core subjects (religion, math, language arts, science) for quarantined students.  This instruction would be provided via a secure/private link.  Cameras will be focused on teachers; however, if your child is at school, students watching from home may be able to see or hear your child occasionally.  We are also preparing to transition to school-wide online learning quickly if necessary.  We are working to streamline our virtual instruction delivery system.  We expect to use a consistent learning platform across classrooms.

How have cleaning procedures changed?

We have relaxed the cleaning procedures from last year, due to lower evidence of COVID transmission due to surface contact. We still strive to maintain a clean facility and ensure that surfaces are cleaned regularly.

If there is a COVID case in our school, we will ensure that surfaces that person has come in contact with will be cleaned thoroughly above and beyond our standard procedures.

What is happening with music?

Music is back, similar to the structure we had in 2019-2020.

What is happening with lunch?

Lunch this year will be back to normal, similar to the structure we had in 2019-2020.  Hand sanitizer will be stationed nearby.

What is happening with hot lunch?

We plan to offer hot lunch this year.  Our hot lunch staff will follow FDA/CDC guidelines.  Meals will include prepackaged items when possible.

What is happening with BASC (Before & After School Care)?

We intend to provide before and after school care in a manner similar to last school year. Care will be offered in the fellowship hall. Please reach out if you are interested.

What’s happening with sports?

Sports will proceed as usual, similar to the structure we had in 2019-2020.

Can I bring my preschool child to his/her classroom?

Yes.  Preschool parents may bring their children to their classroom.

Will the school close if someone tests positive for COVID-19?

If your student tests positive, please let us know immediately.  We will work with the Health Department to conduct contact tracing and implement an appropriate response.  The response will include communicating with parents that there has been a positive test (we will maintain student privacy), deep cleaning the facility, and notifying families whose students may have had close contact with the person who tested positive.

Will drinking fountains be used?

Yes, we have turned them back on this year.  Either way it is still a good idea to have your student bring a water bottle to school each day.

Will the library be open?

Yes, the library will be open this year.