Dear Wildcat Parents,
As our young people begin to exhibit symptoms this fall season, it is very important that we are clear and consistent about the protocol which is different than a normal school-year. Public Health Protocol dictates that everyone, including STAFF and STUDENTS must "self-screen" everyday. In addition, any of the following symptoms are exhibited (that are not part of a normal condition (ie. allergies), there are 3 options that must happen before a student/staff member is allowed to return to school;
#1 Have a "negative" COVID test result AND they do not have a fever (without using medication) AND it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms started improving (if they had symptoms.
#2 No test or Positive test result - Isolate for "14 days" AND no longer have a fever AND symptoms have been improving for at least 72 hours
#3 A doctor diagnoses them with another illness AND they do not have a fever (without using medication) AND it has been 24hours since their symptoms started improving (if they had symptoms.
We all admit in a normal year, we were all guilty at times of sending our children to school with a cough, sore throat or headache, sometimes because we just thought they were getting better or we wait a day, or we just had to get to work and we knew they would survive. But because we are in a pandemic, the 2nd wave in fact, and this virus is extremely contagious and dangerous to some, we cannot make predictions or diagnose ourselves as parents or school educators. This protocol ensures that we do our best to ensure we are not spreading the COVID 19 virus at school. It is the SAFEST and most responsible thing to do, although we know it is very inconvenient to our lives and work schedules.
Thank you for your attention and TOTAL SUPPORT with this. Again, we cannot be more proud of our students and staff for how resilient and positive they have been through this challenge. So hang in there everyone!