RESPONDING TO COVID-19 SCENARIOS SYMPTOMATIC AT SCHOOL - STUDENTS
5. Student is Symptomatic at School
In the event that a Student exhibits symptoms of Covid-19 in School, the following guidelines will be followed:
• Although families are the most important first line of defense for monitoring symptoms, teachers will play an important role in referring possible symptomatic students to the school nurse or other medical point of contact.
• Teacher ensures the student is wearing a mask that fully covers nose and mouth at all times.
• Teacher calls the nurse or school medical point of contact to inform them that they have a possible case. Nurse or school medical point of contact comes to get the student from class.
• Nurse should evaluate the student for symptoms (see list above: “Most common symptoms of COVID-19”).
o IF ANY SYMPTOM:
• There is no specific capacity limit for the medical waiting room, but all students in the medical waiting room must be as far apart as possible, and no less than 6 feet. Strict mask wearing covering the nose and mouth at all times is required for every person in the room. This must be enforced. If a student is symptomatic and is unable to wear or keep a mask on, no other students should use this room. Another outdoor or vacant indoor area will be used.
• Students can work on individual schoolwork or other activities while in the medical waiting room.
• Contact caregiver for pick-up. o IF CAREGIVER CAN PICK UP DURING THE DAY: Student waits to be picked up in the medical waiting room. Caregivers must wear a mask/face covering when picking up their student. Under no circumstances can symptomatic students ride the school bus with other students to get home. Caregivers and students should wash their hands upon arriving at home and change their clothes, as a precaution.
o IF CAREGIVER CANNOT PICK UP DURING THE DAY: The student should wait in the medical waiting room until the end of the day to be picked up by caregiver. Under no circumstances can symptomatic students ride the school bus with other students to get home.
o Current Massachusetts DPH guidance is that all symptomatic individuals in Massachusetts, even those with mild symptoms, should be tested. An individual who does not wish to be tested should instead isolate for 10 days and until asymptomatic.
Student should get tested at one of Massachusetts’s test sites. Sites may require pre-screening, a referral, and/or an appointment.
Isolate at home until test results are returned.
Proceed as follows according to test results:
• IF NEGATIVE:
The student may return to school based upon guidance from their clinician and necessary management of another diagnosis. Student stays home until symptoms have improved and fever-free for 24 hours.
remain at home (except to get medical care),
monitor their symptoms,
notify the school, notify personal close contacts,
assist the school in contact tracing efforts, and
answer the call from local board of health or Massachusetts UNDER: “Protocol: Student/staff tests positive for COVID-19.
Shore will inform DESE by calling the DESE Rapid Response Help Center.
Most people who have relatively mild illness will need to stay in self-isolation for at least 10 days AND until at least 24 hours3 days have passed with no fever and improvement in other symptoms. Repeat testing prior to return is not recommended. Return to school should be based on time and symptom resolution. FOLLOW STEPS UNDER: “Protocol: Student/staff tests positive for COVID-1