UPDATED Covid-19 Guidance for Schools - Panhandle Health District

6-25-2020 (6:32am) – Recently, Panhandle Health District (PHD) put out current summary instructions titled Covid-19 Guidance for Schools, communicating the latest recommendations regarding Covid-19. We have included a link to the entire 12-page version in the forms and links section of the our website. In their own words, “This guidance uses the most up-to-date information available from the CDC and emerging best practices, thus subject to change.”

We have again reviewed the materials from PHD and have determined our plan of operation (i.e. Response Plan) is in agreement.

Yesterday (June 24th), we were notified by a family that over the past weekend, they were in contact with a family friend (who is also a nurse) who had just tested positive for Covid-19, Wednesday morning. Their friend showed symptoms that prompted an immediate rapid testing (because she is a nurse). Because our family notified us straightaway, we were able to immediately quarantined the two students who were at the weekend event and begin our cleaning and disinfection protocols. We evacuated their specific classrooms, opened windows, and initiated deep cleaning and disinfection of those classrooms, all common surfaces, and the bathrooms.

In this regard, it is a good idea to consider some understandings and reminders as we move forward in this new type of environment.

  1. We are being as prudent as possible in any “potential exposure” event, including our response(s).
  2. Families and staff are required to notify CCA immediately (as practically possible) of any potential and/or verified known exposure to Covid-19, either to children, students, family members, common residents, or others-in-contact. THIS IS MANDATED BEFORE COMING TO SCHOOL. EITHER A “POTENTIAL” OR “VERIFIED” EXPOSURE EQUALLY MANDATES EXCLUSION FROM THE SCHOOL FOR 14-DAYS, OR UNTIL A NEGATIVE TEST IS VERIFIED.
  3. ALL CHILDREN, STUDENTS, AND STAFF MEMBERS ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE TEMPERATURES BESORE COMING TO SCHOOL. ANY SIGNS OF FEVER OR SYMPTOMS REQUIRES EXCLUSION FROM SCHOOL OR DAYCARE. Previous School Policies and protocols regarding Covid-19 are still in effect.
  4. We are adhering to recommendations of our local authorities (PHD, CDC, etc.), but in truth, they still do not have a true factual understanding regarding all the nuances of Covid-19…just like many other contagious diseases.
  5. Our non-known contacts with Covid-19 are going to be far greater than our known contacts. This is just the realistic reality of it. We need to be understanding, prudent, and considerate in this regard.
  6. These types of “potential exposures” are going to be more common and probably more often than we think. Again, it’s just the reality of it. There are going to be more of, “…this person was with a friend, who was with a person, who might have been close to someone who knew someone with Covid-19” type-of-thing. This is not to make light of the dangers, just the reality of human interactions, unknowns, and even unprecedented fears.

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” – Proverbs 9:10

Recognizing the realities of Covid-19 and the subsequent “potential exposures” that are seeming to become a little more common, we need to be practical in our operations and responses. As a reminder:

  • We will continue to adhere and apply PHD recommendations in our responses to Covid-19.
  • We will notify families of verified exposures to Covid-19, via personal contact, phone, push-text and messaging, and website postings.
  • We will continue to assess potential exposures and communicate accordingly, as necessary.
  • School closure may or may not be initiated based on the investigation and level of verified and/or potential exposure to the children, students, staff, and/or school property.
  • Be aware the difference between “verified” and “potential” exposures, and the different responses they may effect on the school.

Again, we appreciate the rapid communication of our family in allowing us to initiate our response plan, thereby limiting our potential exposure. Their actions were in complete alignment with our plan and we are grateful for their adherence! When we work together by following established rules, protocols, and recommendations, we can best be positioned to continue our daily routines and in the safest environments possible.

We are blessed by the faith, trust, and support of our school family and community. As always, please let us know if you have any questions or concerns as we move forward.

 

Many blessings,

CCA Admin Team

 

 

 

 





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