D49 Student COVID-19 HealthScreening Protocol for 2020-2021

  • Health Screening at Home

    ALL D49 students MUST go through a health screening AT HOME conducted by parent/guardian PRIOR to being dropped off at school, walking to school or catching bus transportation EVERY SCHOOL DAY to include a baseline temperature check.

    Parents and guardians can use these symptoms checklist to determine when to keep their child home based on the level of COVID-19 transmission in their community (Protect Your Neighbor or Safet at Home or Stay at Home).  School staff also use this tool to determine if they need to stay home.  Any student or staff diagnosed with COVID-19 or who is a close contact of a COVID-19 case should not go to school and should isolate or quarantine according to public health recommendations. 

    Exclusion Criteria: This list refers to NEW symptoms or Change in usual symptoms: 

     Students are NOT to report to school if they are experiencing: 

      • Feeling Feverish, having chills, or temperature of 100.4 or higher
      • New or unexplained persistent cough
      • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
      • Loss of taste or smell
      • Fatigue, Muscle Aches, Headache, Sore Throat, Runny Nose/Congestion
      • GI (Nausea/Vomiting/Diarrhea)
      • Other signs of illness requiring exclusion (see illness guidelines “How Sick is too Sick?”) 

    Q: What if my student tests positive for COVID-19 or if my student is exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 or my student was exposed to someone with symptoms possibly linked to COVID-19?

    A:  KEEP YOUR STUDENT HOME, seek advice from your student’s primary care physician (by calling your child’s doctor ahead) and notifying the school nurse at your child’s school immediately

    • Return to school release MUST be provided by the student’s medical provider or local public health

     **See exclusion guidelines on positive test/negative test with symptoms from El Paso County Public Health under references below:


    What if my student becomes ill during school? 

    If your student becomes ill during school, the school health room will contact the parent/guardian listed under student emergency contact immediately.

    • We encourage parents/guardians to ensure emergency contact information is up to date.
    • We encourage parents/guardians to have a plan developed to pick up an ill student from school quickly, including a secondary or back-up contact should the parent be unable to pick up the student.
    • Any student presenting with respiratory symptoms, potentially linked to COVID-19 will be immediately placed in an isolation area/room outside of the school health room and away from others.  
    • We will ensure the student is wearing face cover  AND the student will be supervised by an adult staff until he/she is picked up from school.
    • Students who become ill during school and are picked up WILL NOT be allowed to participate in any athletics, clubs until cleared to return to school under illness guidelines “how sick is too sick” AND due to current COVID-19 Pandemic cleared by a medical provider is required as per county health guidelines with either an alternative lab based diagnosis or negative covid-19 test. 


    References & Resources

    COVID-19 – 2-1-1 Colorado

    Keep Children Healthy during the COVID-19 Outbreak

    Do you have symptoms?

    El Paso County Public Health: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

    COVID-19 Guidance_ Cases and Outbreaks in Schools.pdf

Health Rooms

  • All D49 school health rooms will implement the following measures in order to decrease the risk of illness transmission to include COVID-19

    Face Cover: Reference D49 face mask guidance: 

    • ALL students 1st grade and above must follow face cover guidelines 
      • If your student has a medical condition or requires a face cover alternative, please contact your school health room to obtain a face cover alternative document before the start of in-person learning day (see D49 face cover requirements).
    • All D49 staff is required to wear a face cover (see D49 face cover guidelines).

    Health Room & Bathroom restrictions: 

    • School Health Room restrooms WILL NOT be accessible to anyone except that building’s students, who are utilizing health room services during the school day.  
    • No staff members or parents/families are to utilize these restrooms.
    • No staff, other than designated health room staff, are to be in, or walk through, health offices in any building unless required for care of students or staff members.

    Physical Distance Measures: 

    • Physical distancing measures will be strictly followed in all health rooms


    • Cleaning/Disinfecting procedures will be strictly followed in all health rooms


Medical Information

  • Required forms/medication orders/health plans/action plans & Medications: 

    • Parents are asked, if at all possible, for all medical documentation/forms to be communicated to your student’s school nurse via email in order to decrease the risk of illness transmission through the exchange of documents etc. 
    • Parents are asked to make an appointment with health office staff for any health or wellness purpose and to avoid “dropping by” the school to see health office staff.
    • Rescue medications (Epinephrine Pen/Inhalers), along with paperwork, can be delivered to the school health room by the student (including immunization records). 
    • All controlled substance medications such as those prescribed for ADHD/ADD/Seizures MUST be delivered by a parent/guardian.  
      • It is encouraged that parents call the health room to make arrangements for medication drop off in order to follow strict guidelines and to decrease the risk for illness transmission, etc. 

  • Q: I have been vaccinated. Now what?

  • Q: I’ve been placed in quarantine. When can I return to work or school? 

  • Q: How do recent health guidelines affect the duration of quarantine? 

  • Q: Isolation and Quarantine - What’s the difference?

  • Q: What are the Pros and Cons of the rapid test?

  • Q What’s the Difference Between COVID-19 Tests?

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