Covid Clinic Procedures from the School Nurse

Covid Clinic Procedures from the School Nurse

 

There are some new clinic procedures due to Covid 19 that the Franklin County Health Department has given to schools in the county that I would like to review.  The algorithm for child in person participation in school has been distributed in various ways since we came back to in person school.  It is very important to read through this document and keep students home with the symptoms listed. Clinic personnel will also be sending students home with these symptoms.Symptoms include: fever of 100.4 or higher, new or worsened cough, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, new or worsened congestion or runny nose, muscle or body aches, new or worsened fatigue, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and headache. 

In addition to keeping students home and sending them home with the listed symptoms, the health department also has asked that siblings and household contacts be kept home or sent home until a health care provider has been consulted, testing has been done with results known or an alternative diagnosis has been given.  The purpose of this is to limit exposure to others in case the ill student tests positive for Covid. You will be asked to pick up siblings and housemates of students with Covid symptoms.

If an alternative diagnosis is given by the doctor, a written note stating the diagnosis is needed for return to school.  If a test is ordered, your student and household contacts must stay home until the results are known. If the test is negative, your student(as long as no fever for 24 hours with no medication and symptoms improved) and household contacts can return to school. All positive tests are reported to the health department and you would be contacted by them for instructions on return to school.

It would be a great idea to discuss this process with your student.  Some students like to go to the clinic for a break from classroom work, when they are feeling anxious,  or want to escape from a situation such as recess detention. If they state any of the Covid symptoms as the reason for going to the clinic, we would have to send them home. We do not want to send students home for the wrong reasons.  This year with Covid, being sent home can mean being out several days to 10 days or longer.  The same amount of time out can also be recommended for siblings and household contacts. Siblings and housemates may need to be out of school for up to 24 days if no medical care is sought.

If you ever have any questions, feel free to contact the school clinic.