Bronx Arts & Science Charter School

Health Policy Bronx ASCS

HEALTH SCREENING AT THE ENTRY AND/OR AT HOME (BEFORE THE SCHOOL STARTS)

Daily health screenings, including temperature checks, should be done daily and must be completed at home by families and by school-based staff.  

 STAFF AND STUDENTS MUST STAY HOME WHEN AND IF (have protocols to notify families when to stay home):
Been knowingly in close or proximate contact in the past 14 days with anyone who has tested
positive through a diagnostic test for COVID-19 or who has or had symptoms of COVID-19.
 Tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
Experienced any symptoms of COVID-19, including a temperature of greater than 100.0°F, in the past 14 days.
Traveled internationally or from a state with widespread community transmission of COVID-19
per the New York State Travel Advisory in the past 14 days.

PERFORM TEMPERATURE SCREENINGS (have protocols to perform health screening):
Every morning, prior to entering the school using touchless thermometer and random temperature screening (more guidelines on random temperature screening is forthcoming).

Schools are prohibited to record or track student and/or staff temperatures or other health
Information (I am not sure what it’s meant with this, but I am thinking  it’s for privacy concerns).

Staff taking temperature must wear face coverings and gloves continuously.

Students and/or staff who are identified as having fever during temperature checks will be sent to the isolation room and evaluated by the nurse and will stay in the isolation room until picked up.

ISOLATION ROOM:
Must identify an isolation room within your school.
A student showing symptoms of COVID-19 must be escorted to the isolation room by a staff member wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
The area(s) where the student who was showing Covid symptoms was, must be immediately cleaned and disinfected.

Should the nurse/health professional be unavailable to examine the student OR the school does not have a nurse, the student must wait in the school’s isolation room.

The principal needs to designate a staff member to supervise a student in the isolation room at all times.
Anyone who is supervising a student in the isolation room must wear appropriate PPEs.
After an ill student has been picked up, the isolation room must be closed and a deep cleaning
must be performed before it can be used again.

DURING SCHOOL HOURS PROTOCOLS:
For students:
Students with Covid-19 symptoms will be escorted to the isolation room (not nurse’s office) and whoever is escorting an ill student to the isolation room must wear appropriate PPEs.  Nurse will evaluate the student in the isolation room.:
Symptoms of Covid-19 are:
Fever of 100.0°F or higher or chills,
 Cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing,
 Fatigue,
 Muscle or body aches,
 Headache,
 Loss of taste or smell,
 Sore throat, congestion or runny nose,
 Nausea or vomiting,
 Diarrhea.
If there is no nurse available, the student must be supervised by designated staff (staff must wear PPE) until picked up.
When picked up, advise the student to see the doctor and provide information where the student can do Covid-19 testing.
Wherever the student with the above symptoms was, must be cleaned and disinfected.

FOR STAFF:
All staff showing the symptoms of Covid-19 will be asked to leave the building.  Covid symptoms for the staff are the same as for the students noted above.

Strongly advise staff to see a doctor and get Covid test.
Clean immediately the area(s) where the ill staff was (same as protocols for after an ill student leaves)

RETURNING TO THE SCHOOL AFTER SHOWING SYMPTOMS WHEN ALL OF THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS ARE MET:

If Covid test is positive:
Isolated for 10 days AND, presents clearance from a healthcare provider AND the individual has been symptom free for 24 hours without the use of medication.
IF
Received a negative COVID-19 test then:
Presents clearance from a healthcare provider AND the individual has been symptom free for 24 hours without the use of medication.
IF
Never got a COVID-19 test then:
Isolation for at least 10 days have passed since symptoms started AND, presents clearance from a healthcare provider AND the individual has been symptom free for 24 hours without the use of medication.

Anyone with a positive COVID test (staff, teacher, student) must self-isolate for a minimum of 10
days since onset of symptoms AND the period of self-isolation may need to be longer if the case has fever or symptoms between days seven to ten, as the case must be symptom free for at least 24 hours without the use of medication.

REPORTING AND CONTACT TRACING:

A positive case can be reported by:
NYC Test & Trace Corps finds through case interview
Staff or parent alert school
Staff or parent alert DOHMH hotline.

Contact tracing will not be activated without a laboratory-confirmed case or without a presumed case due to a recent close contact developing symptoms.

Cases are confirmed via the New York State lab results system or by DOHMH confirming
the lab results presented by a teacher, staff, or parent.

Contact tracing will only occur if there is a laboratory-confirmed case or if the person is a close
contact of a presumed positive case.

A positive case can be reported by NYC Test & Trace Corps finds through a case interview, OR Staff or parent alert school OR Staff or parent alert DOHMH hotline.

CLOSE CONTACTS RETURN TO SCHOOL CRITERIA FOR QUARANTINED PERSONS:
The individual has completed a 14-day quarantine regardless of symptoms or COVID-19 test
results since their last exposure to that case AND presents clearance from a health care provider evaluation AND the student has been symptom-free for 24 hours without the use of medication.
 Students in quarantine should participate in remote learning if feeling well enough.
DOHMH or NYC Test & Trace Corps determine if the individual is considered a close contact of a positive case.

UNCONFIRMED CASE (student or staff with COVID Symptoms) IN THE SCHOOL
Any student or staff member who self-reports an unconfirmed positive case of COVID-19 or is exhibiting
COVID-like symptoms will be immediately removed from the classroom or school building, told to stay
home, and encouraged to get tested.
School can remain open at this time.
Contact tracing will only occur if there is a laboratory-confirmed case or if the person is a close
contact of a presumed positive.
 If a positive case is confirmed, the school must follow the protocols listed below:
DOHMH will notify the principal and Central DOE of confirmed case.
The principal needs to notify the Building Response Team, superintendent, and inform the affected teacher(s).
All students and teacher(s) in class(es) with a confirmed case are assumed close contacts and
are instructed to quarantine for 14 days since their last exposure to that case.
Learning continues remotely for students who are in quarantine.
NYC Test & Trace Corps will interview the case (students or staff with COVID symptoms) and school administration to establish if there were any other additional close contacts.
 NYC Test & Trace Corps will interview staff members to verify levels of contact with the
confirmed case (students or staff with COVID symptoms).
The school must communicate to all families and students at school when a case is confirmed by
DOHMH (letters are forthcoming):
Families of students who are confirmed close contacts of the positive case must receive
a letter stating that their child has been in close contact with a COVID-19 positive
individual; this letter gives clear direction to quarantine for 14 days and see a health
care provider.
AND
Families of students who are not considered close contacts must receive a letter stating
that there was a confirmed case of COVID-19 at the school but that their child is not
considered a close contact therefore there is no need to quarantine.

If a negative test result is received, the individual may return to school after presenting clearance
from a health care provider evaluation AND after being symptom-free for 24 hours without the
use of medication.
 If the individual does not get tested or seek clearance from a health care provider, the individual
cannot return to school until:
10 days have passed since the first symptom AND
The individual has been symptom-free for 24 hours without the use of

For more detailed information on this summary and for scenarios for more than one confirmed COVID case in the school and school closure scenarios, please see pages 6-7 and table on page 8 on the nine-page of NYC doe health-safety-policy.pdf you shared with me.  For best planning and implementing best plans and protocols, and for best accuracy,  you should read the entire link you shared with me via email (nine pages of NYC doe health-safety-policy.pdf)  Also, I please read another link which you shared with me: https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/Pre-K_to_Grade_12_Schools_MasterGuidence.pdf
You should view these links for guidelines on social distancing, PPEs, cleaning and disinfection guidelines, link to COVID testing places, and other important information.

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