HEALTH AND SAFETY
How will I know if there is a COVID-positive case on campus?
When test-confirmed cases are reported to the district, the COVID-19 dasboard will be updated. The dashboard will prvide a site-by-site COVID tracking tool for each campus/facility and is designed to provide our community with an overview of the COVID impact in our distrcit.
How will campuses support student and staff health at school?
- Hand sanitizer dispensers will be installed at all main entrances at all district facilities. Portable, stand-alone dispenser stations also will be delivered to each facility for use wherever campus administration deems necessary.
- Students, teachers, staff, and campus visitors will be encouraged to sanitize and/or wash hands frequently.
- Schools will encourage students to engage in handwashing for at least 20 seconds at least two times each day, in addition to being encouraged to wash hands after using the restroom and before eating.
- Schools will teach students good handwashing techniques.
- Students, teachers, staff, and campus visitors will be encouraged to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and if not available, covered in their elbows. Used tissues should be thrown in the trash, hands should be washed immediately with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or hand sanitizer should be used.
What are the symptoms of COVID -19?
In evaluating whether an individual has symptoms consistent with COVID-19, consider the following question: Have they recently begun experiencing any of the following in a way that is not normal for them?
Can I visit my child's school?
- Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit
- Loss of taste or smell
- Difficulty breathing
- Shortness of breath
- Fatigue or Headache
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Shaking or exaggerated shivering
- Significant muscle pain or ache
- Nausea or vomiting
Please follow each campus’ procedures related to welcoming visitors and receiving deliveries for staff or students.
What is the district's mask policy?
Per Executive Order No. GA-38 from the Governor, school districts cannot require masks to be worn. However, EMS ISD will support students’ or employees’ choice to wear a mask or not.
What do I do if my student has COVID-19 symptoms or has been diagnosed through a test-confirmed positive test result?
Keep your student home and contact your campus nurse. If your student has symptoms, begin a 5-day quarantine from the time of your test or the the onset of symptoms. If your student does not have symptoms, begin a 5-day quarantine from date of the postive test.
What do I do if my child is ready to return to school after having COVID-19 or its symptoms?
Your student can return to school when all three of the following criteria have been met:
- At least one day (24 hours) has passed since with no fever without the use of fever reducing medications and
- Five (5) days have passed since the symptoms first appeared and
- Symptoms are improved
You also may submit a medical professional's note indicating an alternative diagnosis or obtain an acute infection test that comes back negative for COVID-19 to gain clearance to return to school. Students must check-in with the school nurse before being allowed to return to classes.
What happens if someone infected with COVID-19 is on campus?
- Schools must immediately separate any student who shows COVID-19 symptoms while at school until the student can be picked up by a parent or guardian. The parent or guardian is expected to come pick up the student immediately.
- Students who report feeling feverish will be given an immediate temperature check to determine if they are symptomatic for COVID-19.
Required Actions if Individuals with Test-Confirmed Cases Have Been in a School
- If an individual who has been in a school is test-confirmed to have COVID-19, EMS ISD must notify its local health department, in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations, including confidentiality requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).