USD 240 Covid-19 Updates on Wednesday, April 7, 2021
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2020 - UPDATED QUARANTINE REQUIREMENTS
Change to Covid-19 Quarantine Period
USD 240 will follow the new Covid-19 quarantine guidance that Ottawa County has adopted, effective immediately. These guidelines were adopted by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment from the CDC.
This shortened quarantine is for individuals that were close contacts that have NO symptoms of Covid.
The incubation period for Covid-19 is still 14 days and KDHE still continues to recommend 14 days of quarantine following exposure. The Shortened Quarantine is as follows:
10 day Quarantine without Testing for Close Contacts:
- After exposure, monitor yourself daily for 10 days.
- If you have no symptoms during the 10 days, you can be released from the quarantine without a test.
- When released after 10 days you must continue to monitor for 4 more days as symptoms can still develop.
7 day Quarantine with Testing for Close Contacts:
- After exposure, monitor yourself daily for 7 days.
- On day 5 or after if still no symptoms may get a PCR test (antigen and antibody tests are NOT allowed for this purpose.)
- If test is negative and you remain symptom free you can be removed from quarantine on or after day 7.
- If test results are still pending on day 7, you must remain in quarantine until results are in.
- When released after 7 days you must continue to monitor for 7 more days as symptoms can still develop.
Quarantine for Household Contacts is not the same as close contacts and will be discussed as needed with families.
Symptoms to monitor for:
- Fever (100.0 or higher)
- Muscle or body aches
- Sore throat
- Lower respiratory illness (cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing)
- New loss of taste or smell
- Congestion or runny nose
*If you are currently in quarantine, you will be contacted by the school nurse to discuss changes to your quarantine time.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2020 - TESCOTT SCHOOLS FAMILIES
Tescott Schools have had an increase of both COVID positive cases and quarantines in the past week, and several in the past 2 days. With the number of students impacted, we have made the decision to move to the remote learning platform for grades 6-12 for Monday and Tuesday, November 23rd and 24th.
Classroom teachers will be sharing details and links for joining their classes as students will be expected to be connected during the school day. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00 pm if your child does not have their computer at home and we will work with you to get their device.
We will evaluate the situation over the next 2 days to make a decision about the week after Thanksgiving.
We are still working out details regarding lunch distribution for grades 6-12.
If you would like to receive the school lunch, please respond to the survey at the following link:
We appreciate your patience as we navigate these challenging times.
NO-TOUCH THERMOMETER CONCERNS ARE UNFOUNDED
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2020
I have been contacted by several people expressing concerns about the temperature checking methods used by USD 240. These concerns seem to be based on a video circulating via social media from a gentleman who bases his information off of an “Australian Nurse’s” social media post.
Your concerns are not taken lightly, however, we know that the No-Touch digital thermometers we use are safe. No-Touch digital thermometers are deemed safe by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). The thermometers do not emit any form of radiation. They in fact measure the heat or infrared radiation coming from or being emitted by the body.
The thermometers we selected were are used in many districts around the state. They are not referred to as “temperature guns”; but rather, no-touch digital
thermometers. The no-touch capability was an important factor as it eliminates the possible transfer of bacteria and viruses.
Quick fact checks from the Associated Press and the United Kingdom’s Full Fact support the information above:
We will continue our research in everything that we are using regarding new safety procedures in place in each of our buildings.
As always, USD 240 thanks you for your inquiries and concerns. We hope this helps!
USD 240 teachers and staff have been working hard all week as we continue to figure out what school will look like when we open on August 25th.
Please join the building administrators, I and the school nurse as we continue to share "what we now know" about our plans for school, on Thursday, August 13th at 7:00 pm.
Visit our Twin Valley USD 240 facebook page to view the August 13th zoom meeting.
We look forward to "seeing" all of you!
Visit our Twin Valley USD 240 facebook page to view the July 27th zoom meeting.