COVID-19 Medical Guidelines
COVID-19 SYMPTOM SCREENING CHECKLIST
Parents or caretakers should complete this checklist before daily drop-off
Have any of the children you are dropping off had any of these symptoms in the past 24 hours?
- Fever (temperature>100.0)
- Sore throat or excessive nasal drainage
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- New loss of taste or smell
- New or persistent cough
- Chills or body aches
- New headache or fatigue
If a child has any of these symptoms, they should stay home from school and others. The parent should call the child’s health care provider for guidance. Please remember these symptoms could be caused by common cold, influenza, stomach bugs, or COVID-19.
Have any of the children you are dropping off had close contact (within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes) in the last 14 days with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, or has the health department or health care provider been in contact and advised them to quarantine?
- Yes: The child(ren) should not be at school. Please call your healthcare provider or Florida Health Department COVID hotline 1-866-779-6121 for guidance.
- No: The child(ren) can be at school if the child(ren) are not experiencing symptoms.
Have any of the children you are dropping off been diagnosed with COVID-19 since last at school?
- Yes: If a child is diagnosed with COVID-19 based on a test, their symptoms, or has not had a COVID-19 test but has had symptoms mentioned in question 1, they should not be at school until the criteria below are met.
Please make sure to complete the COVID-19 Tested Positive Form below if a student is at home because they tested positive for COVID-19. Please seek guidance from your healthcare provider. The student may return to school when all criteria are met under the COVID-19 Back-to-School Guidelines are met.
COVID-19 CLINIC GUIDELINES
The Geneva School nurses at both our upper and lower school campuses are in the clinic during school hours to care for students who become ill or injured during the school day. In this current season, when COVID-19 is highly contagious and disrupting our lives, we all need to work together and take extra precautions to keep our school environment safe and healthy for students and staff. We want to avoid the transmission of viruses that cause colds, flu, and COVID-19 from circulating in our community and keeping our students from learning effectively at school. Below is what we are expecting from parents, and what parents can expect from the clinic:
Parents are expected to self-screen their child(ren) every day before coming to school and keep sick children home! Please see list above.
Teachers will be sending students with the above complaints at school to the clinic for assessment and care by the nurses. We will be contacting parents to promptly pick up students who are sick at school after being assessed in the clinic.
Students exhibiting COVID-19-specific symptoms at school will be asked to wear a mask and placed in a designated, supervised space for evaluation, separate from those with injury and other medical needs. This room will be monitored by the nurses with PPE, and a log will be kept of those entering, with disinfection after each use. Parents will be notified to immediately pick up the child. We suggest that you have an alternate person designated to pick up your child if you are unable to arrive at the school within 30 minutes. TGS recommends parents contact their health care provider or Florida Department of Health COVID-19 hotline 1-866-779-6121 for guidance regarding presenting symptoms to determine if testing is recommended.
COVID-19-specific symptoms include:
- Fever (temperature 100.4 or greater)
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- New loss of taste or smell
- New cough
If a student is sent home with COVID-19 specific symptoms, the facility managers will be informed so that impacted buildings, furnishings, and equipment are thoroughly disinfected.
If your child has been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 (which is determined by your healthcare provider or Department of Health), they must stay home (quarantine) for 14 days from the date of last exposure, even if they are not symptomatic. Please call your healthcare provider or Florida Department of Health 1-866-779-6121 for guidance if symptoms develop to determine if testing for COVID-19 is recommended. A parent may come to school to pick up their child’s books, supplies, and belongings that are needed to continue learning at home.
If your child has tested positive for COVID-19, PLEASE USE the COVID-19 Tested Positive form on this page. This contacts the school nurse to confidentially inform the school. Our nurses will be tracking who has tested positive in our school environment to be able to look for trends, and consulting the Seminole County Department of Health. Arrangements should be made with your child’s teacher(s) for someone who has not had close contact with the infected child to pick up any necessary books, supplies, and belongings from school needed to continue learning at home.
If we have a confirmed case of COVID-19 in someone who was at school when infected, the school will contact the Seminole County Department of Health for guidance to assess factors such as the likelihood of exposure to employees and students in the building, the number of cases in the community, and other factors that will determine who is notified and potential for building closure. It is the responsibility of the local health department to contact the person confirmed with COVID-19, and evaluate their close contacts for possible exposure, and give instructions to those involved with the confirmed case, including siblings and other household members regarding self-quarantine and exclusions. The individual who tested positive will not be identified in communications to the school community at large but will be identified to the local health department for contact tracing. Our nurses and administration will consider each case at school on a case-by-case basis, with guidance from DOH, to determine who needs to be notified based on increased risk of exposure.
During this pandemic, remember the best ways to protect your child, your family, and our school is to avoid transmission of COVID-19 (and also the common cold and flu!) at school AND to keep the body’s immune system strong to fight illness.
To avoid transmission of viruses at school, consistently practice
- Frequent hand washing with soap and water, or use of 60% alcohol hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available
- Wear face coverings in public to reduce respiratory droplet transmission
- Practice physical distancing
- Stay home when sick!
To support a strong immune system to help the body to fight viruses
- Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables that are loaded with vitamins and antioxidants that strengthen the immune system; avoid foods and drinks that have added sugar or are ultra-processed which weaken the immune system. Remember to HIGH 5 (number of fruit and vegetable servings your body needs each day)!
- Aim for at least 15–30 minutes of fresh air, sunshine, and exercise each day.
- Make sleep a priority and aim to get 7–8 hours a night for adults, 8-10 hours for teens, and 9–12 hours for children.
Let’s work together to care for ourselves and others. Let us keep our students and staff in school and learning together!
COVID-19 TESTED POSITIVE FORM
Thank you for updating The Geneva School about your child’s positive COVID-19 test result. Also, please contact your child’s teacher to arrange pick up of books and supplies to allow your child to continue their learning at home.
Please know that this information will be kept strictly confidential. The information given in this form will be sent to the school nurses.
Please be sure to call your healthcare provider or Florida Health Department COVID hotline 1-866-779-6121 for guidance.
COVID-19 BACK-TO-SCHOOL GUIDELINES
Students, teachers, and staff may not return to school after recovering from COVID-19 with a positive test until ALL the following criteria have been met
- 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared
- Fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication
- Other symptoms have improved
Please Note: It is not required to have a healthcare provider’s note to return to school
If a child has had a NEGATIVE COVID-19 test, they can return to school once the child is feeling well and there has been no fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication. This includes acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Advil).
If a child has been determined to be in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, they should not be at school for 14 days, even if they have a negative COVID-19 test. Please follow up with their healthcare provider or Florida Health Department COVID hotline 1-866-779-6121 for guidance.
Parents who would like to move a student to “Remote Learning” for extended absences should contact Candy Houk in the admission office at [email protected] to begin the process. Upper school staff and teachers will then contact parents to help them get started with remote learning. Remote learning should begin on a Monday.
When the decision is made to change back to “in-person” learning, please again contact Candy Houk to begin that process. We ask that the switch back to “in-person” learning also begin on a Monday.
REMOTE LEARNING SCHEDULE LINKS
Questions about this process, should be directed to the upper school receptionist at 321-422-0202.