Clinic Procedures Related to COVID-19
- Students or staff who present with symptoms will be evaluated and assessed by the school nurse.
- If COVID-19 symptoms are present: the staff member will be sent home, and the student will be isolated from other students and asked to put on a face-covering until the parent arrives.
- The nurse will notify the campus administrator to move the student’s class so that space can be disinfected.
- The student will be escorted to the vehicle upon parent arrival.
- The campus nurse will provide parents/staff with Return to School Criteria.
- Contact tracing for lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 will be conducted.
Notification Procedures Related to COVID-19
- Consistent with school notification requirements for other communicable diseases, and consistent with legal confidentiality requirements, schools must notify all teachers, staff, and families of all students in a school if a lab-confirmed COVID-19 case is identified among students, teachers, or staff who participate in any on-campus activities. If you were determined to have had close contact you will be individually contacted.
- Contract tracing for lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 will be conducted to determine who came into close contact with the individual who is the confirmed case.
- Close contact is defined as:
- being directly exposed to infectious secretions (e.g., being coughed on while not wearing a mask or face shield); or being within 6 feet for a cumulative duration of 15 minutes, while not wearing a mask or face shield.
Example: A Pampa Elementary School (PES) student tests positive in the third grade. The appropriate stakeholders (parents/staff) will be notified that a student has tested positive at the campus. Through contact tracing, PISD determines who has been in “close contact ” and contacts those families to determine the next steps (which may or may not include self-isolation depending on if face coverings were worn and the degree of contact).
Definition of COVID-19 Symptoms
In evaluating whether an individual has symptoms consistent with COVID-19, individuals will be asked if they have recently begun experiencing any of the following in a way that is not normal for them:
- Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit,
- Loss of taste or smell,
- Difficulty breathing,
- Shortness of breath,
- Sore throat,
- Shaking or exaggerated shivering,
- Significant muscle pain or ache, and/or
Definition of Close Contact
This document refers to “close contact” with an individual who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19. Close contact is determined by an appropriate public health agency. For clarity, close contact is defined as:
a. being directly exposed to infectious secretions (e.g., being coughed on while not wearing a mask or face shield); or
b. being within 6 feet for a cumulative duration of 15 minutes, while not wearing a mask or face shield;( if either occurred at any time in the last 14 days or at the same time the infected individual was infectious).
Individuals are presumed infectious at least two days prior to symptom onset or, in the case of asymptomatic individuals who are lab-confirmed with COVID-19, two days prior to the confirming lab test.
Return To School Criteria
Individuals Confirmed or Suspected with COVID-19
Any individuals who themselves either: (a) are lab-confirmed to have COVID-19; or (b) experience the symptoms of COVID-19 (listed below) must stay at home throughout the infection period, and cannot return to campus until the school system screens the individual to determine any of the below conditions for campus re-entry have been met.
- In the case of an individual who was diagnosed with COVID-19, the individual may return to school when all three of the following criteria are met:
- at least three days (72 hours) have passed since recovery(resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications);
- the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and
- at least ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
- In the case of an individual who has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and who is not evaluated
by a medical professional or tested for COVID-19, such individual is assumed to have COVID-19,
and the individual may not return to the campus until the individual has completed the
same three-step set of criteria listed above.