Dear School Families,

The Health and Safety Committee is pleased to share its second update in support of a safe fall reopening. Today's focus is: GET READY To Screen at Home! 

COVID-19 is mostly spread by respiratory droplets released when people talk, cough, or sneeze. In addition to wearing a mask, screening your child at home is a crucial step in protecting your family and the community at-large. The objective of screening is to reduce the spread of communicable disease by detecting symptoms early.

Screening your child each morning creates a first line of defense against the introduction of viruses into the school. This simple task will help keep cohorts and staff healthy, in school, and learning together! While children with COVID-19 generally experience more mild symptoms, transmission from even those with mild or non-apparent symptoms remains a risk. Home screening consists of two responsibilities: Temperature Check and Symptom Check.

WHEN DO I KEEP MY CHILD HOME? 

Temperature Check: If your child has a FEVER OF 100F OR GREATER, they and any siblings who attend either campus must stay home. 

Symptom Check: If no fever is present, a child and any siblings who attend either campus must stay home if they are exhibiting any two (2) of the following symptoms: 

Fever or chills 
Cough (non-allergy related) 
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
Fatigue 
Muscle or body aches 
Headache (non-allergy related) 
Sore throat (non-allergy related) 
Runny nose or congestion (non-allergy related) 
Nausea or vomiting 
Diarrhea or belly pain 
Rash 

WHAT ARE OTHER REASONS TO KEEP MY CHILD HOME? 

Symptom Check: If your child is experiencing moderate to severe allergy symptoms, please keep them home. Siblings, however, may attend school in this instance. Symptoms include: 

Active/frequent sneezing 
Active/frequent cough 
Excessively rubbing nose 
Frequent tissue use 
Itchy face/eyes 

Notify the school and keep your child home until symptoms are reduced and under control. Allergy-related symptoms that cause children to touch and move their masks create a vulnerable situation for the student, their cohort, and the school. Contact the school with the reason for your child’s absence. 

I SCREENED MY CHILD AND HE/SHE HAS A FEVER OF 100F OR GREATER OR TWO NON-FEVER SYMPTOMS THAT ARE NOT ALLERGY RELATED. WHAT DO I DO NOW? 

The SJ-SFX Home Screening Pathway is an easy-to-follow order of actions for a child experiencing a fever or two COVID-like symptoms. Please refer to this official response if your child becomes ill. Find an easy-to-read list of symptoms and a COVID-19 Fact Sheet here. Find Home Screening Flyers and all accumulated updates published on the Health and Safety page here.

If your family is in need of a reliable thermometer, we recommend the following top-rated brands: 


Thank you!

THE HEALTH + SAFETY COMMITTEE