Letter from SAU 70 School Nurses
Dear Parents and Staff of SAU 70,
Throughout the summer the Return to School Task Force has been working to plan for the 2020-2021 school year.
As your School District Nurses, we would like to keep you informed about the current plan to keep students and staff as safe as possible within the school setting, while closely monitoring COVID-19 within our community.
In the Northeast, we have been incredibly lucky to have experienced low COVID-19 numbers, and have been fortunate to have had a summer with access to outdoor recreation in our beautiful part of the world. Most of the Upper Valley has been wearing masks in public places, practicing social distancing, and cautiously visiting close friends and family. The thought of returning to school is welcomed by many, and has some concerned for the safety of themselves and others.
We are acutely aware that COVID-19 numbers may change in the Upper Valley. We will follow the numbers, and the science, very closely. We are invested in keeping our schools as safe as possible. Our hope is to engage our community, parents, students, and staff members in the spirit of caring for one another. All of our behaviors will have an effect on the health of our community, and determine our ability to keep our schools open for in-person learning.
Stay home if you are sick.
Staying home if you are sick, and keeping your children home when they are sick, has always been required. This year it is imperative! We need help from all of you to avoid being over- whelmed by decisions to send students or staff home, recommending physician follow-up, quarantine, and/or COVID-19 testing. PLEASE, if you or your child has a fever (100.4 F or higher), do not give them Ibuprofen (Advil) or Acetaminophen (Tylenol) to mask the fever and send them to school.
You may be asked to sign a “Letter of Attestation” stating that you agree to keeping your child home, if they have signs or symptoms of COVID-19. More information to follow.
As you review the signs and symptoms of COVID-19, you will see that many of them are consistent with the common cold, asthma, influenza, or seasonal allergies. As your school nurses, we will be looking for any underlying health issues that you have documented in the on-line health information form. Please give us as much health information as possible to help with our assessment of your child’s symptoms, if and when, they come to their school’s Health Office.
In addition, please provide us with reliable contact information so your child can be picked up from school immediately if she/he is sick. We need to be able to get symptomatic students and staff out of the building and home as soon as possible. Your cooperation with this is paramount in order to keep the rest of the community healthy and safe.
Some of what the School is Doing to Prepare for the 2020-2021 School Year:
- Planning for different educational formats: Remote learning, Hybrid model, and Full In-School Learning. (Local numbers of COVID-19 cases will be monitored and guidance will come from our state government, the NHDOE, and local Emergency Response personnel.)
- Following CDC guidelines for social distancing (Currently 3 ft. for students while wearing masks, 6 ft for adults).
- Gathering PPE (personal protective equipment) like masks, gloves, and physical barriers.
- Creating enhanced cleaning protocols
- Assigning a room to isolate sick individuals until they are able to be transported home.
- Creating protocols for utilizing the Nurses’ Offices to protect students with non-COVID-19 health needs.
- Creating strategies for daily temperature and symptom checks for all students and staff prior to entering a bus, car pool, or school building.
- Planning our response to single reported cases of COVID-19 and larger outbreaks within our community. (Please be aware that we expect that there will be cases in our area. We have plans in place for Contact Tracing and Protocols for response, with our state and local health officials. We are requesting that individuals refrain from trying to conduct these inquiries on their own, as this could lead to a climate of fear that is not in line with a coordinated, controlled response.)
We look forward to seeing all of you in the Fall. Take care and enjoy the rest of your summer.
The SAU-70 District School Nurses.
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