As we begin this challenging school year, we ask our parents, families, staff and students to be mindful of the preventative measures that need to be taken in order to stop the spread of COVID-19. Below is a list of the symptoms to assess before sending your child to school or reporting to work. If your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, do not send them to school.
- Fever of 100.4 or greater
- Loss of taste or smell
- Difficulty Breathing
- Shortness of Breath
- Significant muscle pain or ache
- Sore Throat
- Shaking or exaggerated shivering
If your child exhibits any of these symptoms while at school, they will be immediately separated from other students or staff, given a face covering, and monitored by staff wearing Personal Protective Equipment. The student will not be per-mitted to ride the bus home and the parent will be asked to pick up their child and referred to their healthcare provider.
Staff with symptoms of COVID-19 will be sent home and instructed to contact their health care provider to initiate testing protocol.
In the case of an individual who has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and who is not evaluated by a medical profes-sional or tested for COVID-19, such individual is assumed to have COVID-19, and the individual may not return to school until the individual has completed the three step criteria:
- At least 24 hours have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without fever reducing medication).
- Individual has improvement in symptoms.
- At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
If the individual has symptoms that could be COVID-19 related and wants to return to school before completing the above stay at home period, the individual must either:
- Obtain a medical professionals note clearing the individual for return based on an alternative diagnosis or
- Receive two separate confirmations at least 24 hours apart that they are free of COVID-19 via acute infection test at an approved COVID-19 testing location and follow their Physicians health recommendations.
Governor DeWine announced that the Ohio Department of Health is requiring that K-12 children wear face coverings while at school. The new mandate comes after the Ohio Children’s Hospital Association and American Academy of Pediat-rics Ohio Chapter recommended the widespread use of masks in schools with the following exceptions:
- Children under the age of 2 years old.
- Any child unable to remove the face covering without assistance.
- A child with a significant behavioral/psychological issue undergoing treatment that is exacerbated specifically by the use of a facial covering (e.g. severe anxiety or a tactile aversion).
- A child living with severe autism or with extreme developmental delay who may become agitated or anxious wearing a mask.
- A child with a facial deformity that causes airway obstruction.
Staff will be required to wear face masks or shields at all times.
A letter has been distributed to families of all Broadmoor students with full details.