RCSD has developed resources to educate parents/guardians and staff members regarding the careful observation of symptoms of COVID-19 and health screening measures that must be conducted each morning before coming to school. The resources include the requirement for any student or staff member with a fever of 100°F or greater and/or symptoms of possible COVID-19 virus infection to not come to school. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) list of Coronavirus symptoms was used to develop these resources.
RCSD will implement the following practices to conduct mandated health screening.
- All employees will be required to use their badge to gain access to buildings. This will be done at each building even if multiple buildings are visited in the same day. This information will be used to support contact tracing efforts by the Monroe County Department of Health. Employees cannot badge in for other employees.
- All visitors will be required to sign-in at each building excluding deliveries that are performed with appropriate PPE or through contactless means.
- Student attendance will be taken daily, and up-to-date schedules will be maintained.
Screening and Health Checks
- All staff, visitors, and students will have their temperature taken every day onsite. Specific temperatures of individuals will not be recorded.
- Staff and visitors will fill out an electronic screening assessment prior to or immediately upon arrival to any District building. The screening assessment will include all questions required by the NYSDOH Interim Guidance for In-Person Instruction at Pre-K to Grade 12 Schools During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.
- Direction has been provided to parents/guardians to assess their child for symptoms prior to their arrival to school as part of Daily Home Health Screening Procedures for Families. Additional screening will take place at school after arrival.
- Students and staff are required to notify the District when they develop symptoms or if their answers to the screening assessment change during or outside of school hours. When outside of school hours, staff should call or email the Benefits Department, and students or students’ parents/guardians should call or email the school nurse.
- Staff will be trained to observe students and other staff members for signs of illness, such as flushed cheeks, rapid or difficulty breathing (without recent physical activity), fatigue or irritability, and frequent use of the bathroom.
Screening Assessment - Staff and Visitors
- Staff will receive a daily email to self-screen prior to coming to work. If staff are unable to complete the digital screening prior to their arrival, there will be kiosks available onsite to complete the assessment.
- A positive screening will result in an onscreen directive to not report to work or to leave immediately and to contact their healthcare provider, supervisor, and the Benefits Department. An email will go directly to the employee’s supervisor and to the Benefits Department.
- Staff will be provided with training on how to use the screening assessment tool, what to do if they do screen positive and to stay home if they will screen positive if they use the onsite screening kiosk.
- Visitors will use the onsite screening kiosk and will not be admitted if they screen positive. They will be advised to contact their healthcare provider.
- Visitors must follow all safety protocols as listed in this plan.
Screening Assessment - Students
- Parents/guardians will be provided with information on how to assess their child prior to school each day. This will include monitoring of symptoms and temperature and to have the child stay home if symptoms are present. At home screening information will be provided on the District webpage, social media sites, and via email and automated phone messages.
- Reminders to continue daily student screenings will be sent regularly on social media sites, email, and automated phone messages. Written notices will be provided in native languages when necessary.
- Parents/guardians will be asked to complete a periodic screening questionnaire.
- Students will also be screened upon arrival to school. Screening will take place with reliance on social distancing of at least six feet.
- If a parent/guardian is present, they will be asked about symptoms, fever, shortness of breath, or cough.
- If a parent/guardian in not present, the student will be asked about and observed for symptoms by the screener.
- Students will be supervised during screening and temperature taking.
Positive Screening or Signs of Illness
- Students and staff exhibiting symptoms of illness with no other explanation will be sent to the school health office for an assessment by the school nurse. If a school nurse is not available, students or staff with COVID-19 symptoms not explained by chronic health conditions will be isolated and sent home for follow up with their health-care provider.
- A dedicated isolation room will be identified at each school for students or staff members who screen positive, present with a temperature, or show signs of illness. Multiple students or staff members may use the same isolation room provided they can be separated by six feet.
- Employees will be directed to leave immediately, if possible, and to contact their direct supervisor, the Benefits Department, and their healthcare provider.
- Students will be supervised in the isolation room until they are picked up or otherwise sent home.
- Students should be escorted from the isolation room to the parent/guardian.
- Students or the students’ parents/guardians will be advised to contact their healthcare provider and provided with information on testing resources.
- Symptomatic students or staff members will follow CDC’s Stay Home When You Are Sick guidance unless otherwise directed by a healthcare provider or the local department of health.
- If the student or staff member has emergency warning signs, such as trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, bluish lips or face, or severe abdominal pain staff will be trained to call 911 and notify the operator that the person may have COVID-19 or symptoms of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children.
- Staff will be trained on the symptoms of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) associated with COVID-19, which is a serious condition associated with COVID-19 in children and youth. The school will notify the parent/guardian if a child shows any of the following symptoms and recommend the child be referred for immediate follow up with a healthcare provider:
- Abdominal pain
- Neck pain
- Bloodshot eyes
- Feeling more tired or extra tired
- Staff will be trained on their tasks as a screener including proper procedures and safety precautions, including:
- Performing hand hygiene prior to taking temperatures.
- Using new disposable gloves, if contact is made, with every individual. If no physical contact is made between the screener and individual, the same gloves can be used.
- Cleaning of non-contact thermometers with an alcohol wipe between each individual usage. The wipe may be reused if it remains wet. Contact thermometers, if used, will be thoroughly disinfected per manufacturer’s instructions.
- Performing hand hygiene when screening is completed.
- Staff that will be taking temperatures will be provided with a face covering, a face shield or goggles, and gloves.
- Staff will be trained on how to properly take a temperature by the school nurse.