Campus Health & Safety Guidelines

Health Office Protocols

The Health Office continues to include additional space that will be used as an isolation space/”Sick Room” with the intent of separating our injured students from those who are ill. A large window in the wall between the two rooms allows students to be visible to the nurse and can be supervised appropriately.

Please do not send your student to school if they are not feeling well or are exhibiting any of the symptoms of COVID-19. We will have to work together as a community to stay as healthy as possible. Please appreciate that we will all have a lower tolerance for minor cold symptoms and that a child with a cough or other symptoms, even minor ones, will be sent home.

List of 3 items.

  • EXPANDED HEALTH OFFICE

    The Health Office will be reserved for students who need medical attention. Unfortunately, “lunch bunch” and visits to hang out with Mrs. Hurst will not be allowed at this time.

    1.  The restroom in the Health Office will be reserved for the nurse and students visiting the Health Office.
    2. The Health Office doors will remain open as much as possible.
    3. The teacher will notify the nurse if a student needs to visit the Health Office. If the office is busy or there is an ill student, the nurse may arrange to see the student in the classroom.
    4. We are trying to avoid lines at the Health Office door. If there is a time when there is a line, students must maintain appropriate physical distancing while waiting for the nurse.
    5. All students entering the Health Office must wear a cloth face covering.
    6. All students must sanitize their hands upon entering and leaving the Health Office.
    7. Backpacks will remain outside the door of the Health Office.
    8. The nurse will wear a face mask when interacting with all students and staff. A face shield will be available to also use when helping symptomatic students and at the nurse’s discretion.
    9. The nurse will wash her hands or sanitize them before and after every student and staff interaction. Gloves will be available if necessary.
    10.  Disposable gowns, gloves, masks and face shields will be available to the nurse to wear as needed in the Sick Room. Trash in the Sick Room will remain in this room until cleared by the custodial staff.
    11. The recovery bed and chairs will be disinfected, including dry time, after each use; pillow cases will continue to be changed after every use.
    12.  A fan will be on in the sick room when there is a student in that room.
    13.  There will be frequent disinfection of surfaces in the Health Office.
    14.  The nurse will stock ice packs in the front office so that students with minor injuries do not need to go to the Health Office.
    15.  The nurse will stock all classrooms with band-aids, wound wash and cough drops to allow teachers and teaching assistants to assist students without a visit to the Health Office.
    16.  Students who are ill, not feeling well, or symptomatic will be isolated in the Sick Room and will be required  to wear a face mask. Students in this room will be kept 6-ft apart.
    17.  A parent or designated guardian must be able to pick up the child within 30 minutes of the call from the Health Office. Doing so will help to decrease exposure to other students and staff. Please make sure your child’s emergency information and contact information is updated during the registration process.
    18.  The nurse will advise parents of the following:  
      1. when the  child can return to school
      2. if the child needs to be tested for COVID-19, or 
      3. if the child needs to be seen by their primary health care provider.
  • 24-HOUR FEVER RULE

    Our standing 24-hour fever rule will apply this year. All students must stay at home for a minimum of 24 hours after a fever (100 degrees or greater) breaks, without the use of fever reducing medications. With regard to COVID-19, the nurse may require that the student stay at home for an extended period of time depending upon testing status, symptoms, and/or contact with a positive or presumed positive case.
  • MEDICATIONS

    Please try to administer all prescription medications at home to limit the number of Health Office visitors. If that is not possible, please notify Mrs. Hurst so she can coordinate the proper time for your student to come to the Health Office.

    Do not give your student ibuprofen or acetaminophen at home before school in the morning, unless there has been a dental or surgical procedure. If your student is feeling poorly enough that you feel the need to administer medication, please keep your student at home.

    Please be sure to note any allergies on your child’s on-line registration form, including environmental allergies.  This will be helpful in trying to decipher any respiratory symptoms that may appear at school. Please notify the Health Office if you know your child is struggling with seasonal allergies.

    Please note that no nebulizer treatments will be administered on campus due to the risk of aerosolization of the coronavirus. If your child has asthma, and sometimes does use a nebulizer, please make sure to leave enough time in the morning to administer it at home. Ask your child’s health care provider if they can substitute a metered dose inhaler for the nebulizer treatment. The use of inhalers at school will continue to be allowed.

Testing for COVID-19

List of 4 items.

  • What happens if a teacher or staff member tests positive for COVID-19?

    If a positive test is realized, that staff member will be sent home immediately to quarantine, or to see a health care provider if seriously ill. Per the COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California, he/she  will be required to remain in quarantine and not allowed to return to school for at least 10 days from the test date, assuming no fever and no symptoms remain. 

    Additionally, all COVID-19 positive tests (cases) or known close contacts of cases in students or staff will be reported to the Health Care Agency within one business day. Contact tracing will be done to identify contacts. Depending on vaccination status, exposed contacts may be required to remain in quarantine and not allowed to return to school for 10 days after the last date the case was present at school while infectious. Disinfection and cleaning of the classroom and primary spaces where the positive case spent significant time will take place.
  • Will students be tested for COVID-19?

    In the event a student is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or they have been identified as being in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, families will be advised by Nurse Karen Hurst if it is recommended that they be tested, if the child needs to be seen by their primary health care provider, and when they can return to school as outlined by the CDPH. Surveillance testing of unvaccinated, asymptomatic students may be done in certain circumstances. Examples include after school sports and overnight trips.
  • Does the CDPH guidance encourage an active screening of students, staff, and other individuals entering campus?

    CDPH recommends daily visual wellness and symptoms checks prior to individuals entering campus. Students, faculty, and staff will complete a daily Wellness Screening at home prior to coming to campus. We are not using the SchoolPass app this year. Visitors will do the same using a short questionnaire with these same questions. Follow-up to these screenings will occur whenever symptoms of COVID-19 are identified.
  • Where is testing available for COVID-19?

    Orange County COVID-19 Testing Network (symptomatic only)


    • A list of resources for testing with various health insurance providers in Orange County

    On-campus testing is available in certain surveillance situations on certain, identified dates. Symptomatic covid testing will not be available on campus.

Reporting Requirement

All community members are required to notify the School Nurse if they, or a family member with whom they live, or a person with whom they have had close contact, tests positive for COVID-19. If a community member develops symptoms consistent with COVID-19, or is self-isolating due to suspected or known exposure to COVID-19, he/she is required to notify the School Nurse.

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