In accordance with NYCDOH guidelines and protocols for schools, students and staff must complete a Daily Health Screening for Students and School-Based Staff. This daily health screening includes a questionnaire and temperature check. The Daily Health Screening MUST be completed by 8am each day – before the students enter the building.
The DOH stresses the importance of these daily health checks in keeping school communities healthy and safe.
School-based staff and students cannot report to school if they have:
- Knowingly been in close contact in the past 10 days with anyone who has tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID-19 or who has or had symptoms of COVID-19.
- Tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID-19 in the past 10 days.
- Experienced any symptoms of COVID-19, including a temperature of greater than 100.0°F, in the past 14 days.
- Traveled internationally or from a state with widespread community transmission of COVID-19 per the New York State Travel Advisory in the past 14 days.
If the student or school-based staff answers “yes” to any of the questions on the daily health screening, they may not come to school and must follow the attached NYCDOH guidelines.
Everyone is asked to be mindful of the daily health check questions and if the answer is “Yes” to any question, please stay home.
You can help keep our school community safe and healthy by following these important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:
- Stay home if sick: Monitor your health and stay home if you are sick except for getting essential medical care (including COVID-19 testing) and other essential needs.
- Physical distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household.
- Wear a face covering: Protect those around you. Wearing a face covering helps reduce the spread of COVID-19, especially if you are sick and don’t have symptoms. For more information about face coverings, visit nyc.gov/health/coronavirus and look for “FAQ About Face Coverings.”
- Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available; clean frequently touched surfaces regularly; avoid touching your face with unwashed hands; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands.
Visitation Academy will continue to closely follow all direction of public health experts and proactively update you on any measures we are taking. Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our school community.
PROTOCOLS FROM DIOCESE for when a student is ill.
From NYS http://www.nysed.gov/common/nysed/files/programs/reopening-schools/nys-p12-school-reopening-guidance.pdf
Return to School after Illness:
Schools must follow CDC guidance for allowing a student or staff member to return to school after exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.
If a person is not diagnosed by a healthcare provider (physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant) with COVID-19 they can return to school:
• Once there is no fever, without the use of fever reducing medicines, and they have felt well for 24 hours;
• If they have been diagnosed with another condition and has a healthcare provider written note stating they are clear to return to school.
If a person is diagnosed with COVID-19 by a healthcare provider based on a test or their symptoms or does not get a COVID-19 test but has had symptoms, they should not be at school and should stay at home until:
• It has been at least ten days since the individual first had symptoms;
• It has been at least three days since the individual has had a fever (without using fever reducing medicine); and
• It has been at least three days since the individual’s symptoms improved, including cough and shortness of breath.
FROM DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN: Schools in consultation with the local health department(s), about the requirements for determining when individuals, particularly students, who screened positive for COVID-19 symptoms can return to the in-person learning environment. This returning to learning requires a written note of medical clearance from a licensed NYS health care provider, proof of a negative COVID-19 testing after having no fever for three days, and symptom resolution, or if COVID-19 positive, medical release from isolation.
The CDC provides specific guidance for individuals who are on home isolation regarding when the isolation may end.
(Discontinuation of Isolation for Persons with COVID-19 Not in Healthcare Settings.)