Our school requires an updated Health History form, annually.
The May Sands Montessori School adopts the following strategies to protect the health and safety of students and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic:
- Physical distancing as recommended by the CDC
- Utilizing outdoor spaces for learning where appropriate
- Limiting group size across all areas of campus, including lunchtime, recess, and during enrichment classes
- Promoting the use of face masks that cover the nose and mouth when indoors and in close proximity to others
- Frequent hand washing with soapy water for at least 20 seconds
- Avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Daily use of cleaning products that follow recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics and are labeled as safe for humans and the environment
- Promoting vaccination for eligible populations
- Implementing quarantine procedures for persons who are exposed to COVID-19 and providing continuity of instruction
Any student or school employee that presents with any of the following four symptoms must quarantine for 14 days unless they are cleared sooner by a medical provider*:
- New or worsening cough
- Fever (100.4 F or greater will be excluded from school)
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of taste/smell
Any student or school employee that presents with any two of the following symptoms must be excluded from in-person instruction for 14 days unless they are cleared by a medical provider* sooner:
- body aches
- sore throat
- runny nose
- stomach ache
- cold symptoms
- severe headache
- abdominal pain
If diarrhea or vomiting is the ONLY symptom, the child/school employee is excluded for a period of 24 hours with no symptoms and then allowed to return without a doctor’s note.
*A note from a medical provider does not mean that a child was tested for COVID. It could mean that there is an alternative diagnosis (strep, flu, mono, RSV, bronchitis, etc), that all symptoms have stopped before they are seen, or symptoms are an ongoing symptom of a known condition (allergies, asthma, migraine).
**If a child/school employee is a known contact to someone with a positive case of COVID-19, there is no exception to shorten the quarantine time (unless provided by the health department). The positive cases and contacts to cases are monitored by the health department for symptoms, recommended testing, etc.
Return-to-School Guidelines from FDOH-Monroe School Health Coordinator
Students/faculty with COVID-19 symptoms and/or a positive test who were directed to care for themselves at home may end self-isolation when at least 24 hours have passed since recovery, meaning:
· Fever free without the use of fever-reducing medications, and
· Improvement in symptoms (ie. Cough, shortness of breath) and
· At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
Persons with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 who have not had any symptoms may discontinue self-isolation when at least 10 days have passed since the date of the test and have had no symptoms.
Persons suspected of having COVID-19 who have been tested and receive a negative test may discontinue isolation precautions provided they feel well. If identified as a close contact (around a positive person for 15 minutes or more at 6 feet or less), a negative test DOES NOT release your isolation period.
Persons who have been tested for COVID must stay at home until the test results are received.
Persons having COVID-like symptoms (fever, shortness of breath, cough, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, body aches, chills, runny nose, sore throat, loss of taste/smell) and not evaluated by a provider, must follow CDC guidelines and remain home for 14 days since symptoms first appeared. Seeing a medical provider for evaluation can shorten this duration with documentation of when to return.
**Subject to change with updated CDC guidance**