Information from the AGPS School Nurses
Notes from the Nurse...
We made it through the first couple weeks in this new (temporary) normal! Huge thanks to everyone for your patience and flexibility as we navigate through all of this together. We know things change daily and appreciate your willingness to adjust. Below are just a few reminders and responses to some questions we have been receiving in an effort to ensure everyone is on the same page.
Keep encouraging your child to wear a mask when they can't maintain a 6 ft distance from one another. Seems like the majority of students are doing a great job with this! Just a reminder that to stay in school, students cannot be exposed to a positive student for more than 15 min at less than 6 ft apart. This is cumulative time throughout the day, so we will keep this in mind as we plan mask breaks during the day. We are still waiting on a definitive answer from Three Rivers on the effectiveness of face shields without a mask, and the need to quarantine after exposure if you are only wearing a face shield. So best practice right now if your child is only wearing a face shield is to maintain 6 ft of distance away from others or pair it with a mask.
We are doing our best to log and keep track of students with COVID-like symptoms in PowerSchool. If your child is sent home with COVID-like symptoms or you call your child in sick with COVID-like symptoms, they will automatically be marked out as ILL for ten days from the day of symptom onset. Students can return to school sooner if they have a negative COVID test AND at least 24 hours have passed since last fever AND symptoms have improved OR they may return to school if they bring a Dr.'s note establishing an alternative diagnosis. We appreciate your patience with us as we are asking additional screening questions when you call your child in sick. We will also be doing additional screening on students for symptoms as needed upon their return to school.
Attached is a "home screening checklist" that we encourage you to go through with your child each morning. If your child is sick, do not send them to school. If you do not have a thermometer at home, please contact the school as we do have a limited number available to hand out. If you have questions about your child’s symptoms and sending them to school, call the school and ask to speak to the nurse.