Q: How will the district manage health screenings?
A: The district will use email automation software to manage screenings.
Q. What are parents required to do to screen children’s health before school each day?
A: Parents/guardians will be responsible for checking each child’s health before school each day. If a child has a fever, cough, shortness of breath, muscle pain, headache, sore throat or loss of taste or smell, they should be kept home from school. They will be requested to provide assurance that they have taken their child’s temperature and will not send them to school if they are showing any of these symptoms.
Q. What happens if a student’s health screening has not been submitted? Will they be permitted to enter the building?
A: Health screenings at home are only one tool the district will use to ensure that students are well enough to attend school. Every attempt will be made to encourage parents to take temperatures on their children prior to the arrival at school. If a parent/guardian is not able or forgot and they contact the school, the health office will take the child’s temperature.
Q: What do I do if my child is showing COVID-19 symptoms?
A: Parents are encouraged to contact your child’s doctor if your child is showing symptoms of COVID-19. Your child should not attend school if they are displaying these symptoms.
Q: What happens if one member of the household is sick with cold symptoms? Or when one sibling is sick with cold symptoms but the other is not?
A: Students are required to stay home when they are showing symptoms of any sickness. The school will refer them to their pediatrician to make determinations on if they should be tested. They do not need to stay home if a household member has symptoms.
Q. What is the protocol if there is a positive or suspected case of COVID-19 in the school?
A: The district will notify the state and local health department immediately upon being informed of any positive COVID-19 diagnostic test result by an individual within school facilities or on school grounds, including students, faculty, staff and visitors of any of our schools. To assist the local health department with tracing the transmission of COVID-19, the district has a plan to trace all contacts of exposed individuals in accordance with protocols, training and tools provided through the New York State Contact Tracing Program and Westchester County Department of Health. Confidentiality must be maintained as required by federal and state laws and regulations.
Q: Will testing for COVID-19 be conducted at school?
A: In the event that testing will need to be conducted at the school, the district will work with the local health department to support implementation. At this time, the district currently does not offer testing at the school.
Q: Will everyone in the district be notified in the event of a COVID exposure?
A: If your child was affected, you will be notified by the DOH, nurse or building principal. We cannot disclose information about individual persons in accordance with HIPAA (health information) and privacy laws.
Q: Will there be opportunities for teachers and students to have their temperature taken during the school day?
A: The district is ordering spare thermometers for teachers to have should they request one. However, we encourage teachers use the hallway kiosks or send students to the nurse’s office for temperature checks.