COVID-19 RESPONSE

Currently, the Worth County School District provides in-person learning opportunities for all K-12 students.  Students and staff are strongly encouraged to wear a mask when social distancing is not possible.  For those students, who are quarantined or isolated because of CDC guidelines,  the district will provide remote learning accommodations.

 

Parent and caregivers should screen their children daily for the following symptoms:  

  • Fever or chills 

  • Cough

  • Headache

  • Muscle aches

  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea

  • New loss of taste or smell 

  • New runny nose or congestion 

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 

  • Sore throat

 

If children or teens have one of the bold symptoms or a combination of the other symptoms, they should stay home until their symptoms improve.  The district does provide students and staff with an opportunity to receive a free COVID-19 antigen test at the Tri-County Health Department. Prior authorization forms are available at the school health office.  Student or staff member must exhibit symptoms to ensure an accurate test result.  

 

The Department of Health and Senior Citizens and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education decided to modify the state guidance on November 12, 2020, related to identifying close contacts in the school setting. Schools and local public health officials may now use the following criteria to determine close contacts in the school setting:

  • If appropriate masks were being worn correctly by both individuals during the time of exposure in the school setting, the individual who came in contact with the person with COVID-19 can continue to attend school. Those exposed individuals should self-monitor for symptoms and should also stay home from school at the first sign they do not feel well. Individuals who were exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19 while at school should continue wearing their mask at all times to further reduce the likelihood of transmitting the virus, and they should continue to quarantine at home for 14 days when not at school. The person who tests positive for COVID-19 is still required to isolate.

  • It is important to note that if either the person with COVID-19 or the person exposed to that positive case was not wearing their mask appropriately during the time of exposure, the close contact should not come to school and continue to quarantine at home for 14 days.   

 

Parents should notify the school district when their child must quarantine because of a close contact outside of the school setting or when the child tests positively for the virus. The health department, and possibly the school health aide, will contact students that must quarantine per CDC guidelines.  We appreciate your compliance with these procedures.

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WORTH COUNTY R-III

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