Bennett Community School Sick or Exposed Student Requirements
(As of 8-25-2020) COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not been previously seen in humans. The virus that causes COVID-19 spreads mainly from person-to-person.
Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms. People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.
Bennett Elementary will be adhering to the guidance from the Iowa Department of Public Health and Iowa Department of Education when evaluating ill students in the nurses’ office. The Guidance is as follows:
Students who have ANY high-risk symptom OR two or more low risk symptoms should not be in school or will be sent home from school. They are advised to seek an evaluation by a healthcare provider. HIGH RISK SYMPTOMS LOW RISK SYMPTOMS
New Cough Fever Fatigue
Shortness of breath Headache Muscle/Body aches
Difficulty breathing Sore Throat Runny Nose
New loss of taste/smell Congestion Nausea
STUDENTS MAY RETURN TO SCHOOL WHEN:Situation 1: If a child is NOT evaluated by a healthcare provider:
At least 10 days have passed since their symptoms first appeared AND
They are fever free for 24 hours (that is ONE full day without the use of fever reducing medicine (Tylenol/Ibuprofen) AND
Other symptoms have improved
Situation 2: If a child is evaluated by a healthcare provider and the provider determines the following:
Negative COVID-19 Test- Students may return to school after 24 hours with no fever (without the use of fever reducing medicine) AND symptoms improving. (Physician’s note/negative test result is required).
Alternative Diagnosis- Students may return to school after 24 hours with no fever (without the use of fever reducing medicine) AND symptoms improving (Physician’s note required with alternative diagnosis. Such as positive strep test result or positive influenza test result).
Positive Covid-19 Test- Return to school after 24 hours with no fever (1 full day without fever-reducing medications AND symptoms improving, AND 10 days since symptoms started. All three criteria must be met!
IDENTIFYING CLOSE CONTACTS FOR COVID-19Students who have been in close contact with a Covid-19 positive individual (within 6 feet of a positive person for more than 15 minutes) will need to stay home and quarantine for 14 days and monitor for symptoms. (Examples: mother, father, siblings, church, school, sports activities, etc.)
If no symptoms develop, students can return to school 14 days from their last contact with the Covid-19 positive individual. Please keep in mind that quarantine can last longer than 14 days depending on circumstances.
If symptoms develop, students should be evaluated by a health care provider
If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they should isolate for 10 days
If a student tests negative for COVID-19, they must still complete their 14-day quarantine before returning to school.
*CEDAR County Public Health and/or the school nurse will determine a return to learn date for your student whether they are isolating or in quarantine.