IMPORTANT REMINDER FROM NURSE MAIONA'S HEALTH OFFICE IMPORTANT REMINDER FROM NURSE MAIONA'S HEALTH OFFICE Thank you for your ongoing prayers for the member of our school community who is currently quarantining as well as all who have been affected by this pandemic; may they feel the healing touch of Christ. Thank you also for your partnership this week as we navigated the complexity of this heartbreaking time together. Here are two questions that were frequently asked of Nurse Maiona and Ms Tanner this week, and their answers. As well as some information for you to consider as we work together to keep students and staff as safe as possible. 1. What defines a "close contact" by the Norwood Department of Health? Answer: Less than six feet with greater than 15 minutes with no mask. 2. Can SCS tell an SCS family or faculty member if there is a positive case of Covid-19 in any particular class/grade? Answer: No, the Norwood Department of Health prohibits SCS from disclosing specific classroom or grade level information regarding any positive Covid-19 cases at SCS. We are so sorry. COVID-like symptoms: fever/chills (100.4F), nasal congestion, runny nose, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle/body aches, loss of smell/taste, nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea. If your child has any COVID-like symptoms, they will need to stay home from school. If your child has any COVID-like symptoms, they will need to be assessed by their Pediatrician, Urgent Care or other healthcare facility. If your child has any symptoms that are unrelated to a pre-existing condition, please keep your child home and contact their Pediatrician. If your child has any COVID-like symptoms, they need to be assessed by their Pediatrician AND all siblings will need to remain home until SCS receives documentation from a healthcare professional (Pediatrician, Urgent Care, etc.) that they have been cleared to return to school. Please email or call the School Nurse, Lorna Maiona: [email protected] (if no prompt reply, then please contact: Principal, Ms. Tanner, or Vice Principal, Mrs. Noah) prior to your child’s return to school. 1. Please consider making a decision ahead of time as to whether or not you would get your child(ren) tested or simply choose to quarantine for 14 days if you are presented with that circumstance. Some families have told us in the moment that it was difficult to decide what to do. 2. Please consider speaking with your kids ahead of time of what it means if he/she or one of their siblings has a symptom (review the symptoms) and let them know they will all be staying home. Also, discuss how most kids that test positive will be okay. When children hear of the number of people affected it can be hard to process, especially when it affects someone in their household/family. 3. Some of our SCS classrooms have the capacity to support live learning/ remote learners and some, unfortunately, do not yet. Thank you for checking in with your child's teacher in advance in order to know how to access your child's Google Classroom. 4. Please consider contacting your Pediatrician's office ahead of time to find out their COVID-19 protocol. Also, with little kids, a lot of the COVID symptoms may lead to something different, like an ear infection, strep, etc. This is a good reason to book a "sick" appointment with your doctor and not just go to a clinic to get tested. Especially if your child has any type of preexisting condition. Some families have told us that it was stressful to do that in the moment. Again, we are so grateful for your time, effort, support and partnership during this pandemic. We hope with many prayers that this collaboration will help to protect the health and wellness of our students, staff and our school community.