Health Services Update

Health Services Update
Posted on 11/24/2020
News Article ImageNovember 24, 2020 Update:

Dear Families, Faculty, and Staff,

We are writing to share an important health-related update with you. While this message is applicable to all, this message is specifically intended for our face-to-face families.

Choices matter, and we need your help with keeping our schools open.  Over the past few weeks, there has been a noticeable increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases reported in Hanover County.  The data indicates that the vast majority of these cases are a direct result of community spread at social events where youth and/or adults gather and do not take the necessary health precautions, such as wearing a mask and maintaining proper social distancing.  This includes indoor and outdoor gatherings and sporting events, children playing in neighborhoods, sleepovers, and other recreational activities. 

These choices are having a direct impact on the number of cases reported in our schools, which is also rising, particularly within our high schools.  This also has a direct impact on our ability to continue providing in-person instruction.

We are doing our part, and we ask that you do yours.  Our faculty and staff are working tirelessly each day to help ensure our buildings are as healthy and safe as possible.  Our health mitigation strategies are working.  The spread of COVID-19 within our schools is very low, and we have not experienced widespread COVID-19 outbreaks.  However, we cannot control what occurs beyond our walls, and this is where we need your help.     

Your choices affect others, so please choose wisely.  We understand that everyone is weary from the pandemic and craves normalcy.  However, we must remain vigilant, especially as we head into the holiday season.  Vigilance helps to protect everyone.  Vigilance keeps our students healthy and ready to learn.  Vigilance helps to keep our teachers and staff healthy so they can provide our students with the high-quality instruction, support, and opportunities that they need and deserve.  Vigilance helps to keep our schools open.

Sincerely,

Michael Gill, Ed. D.
Superintendent of Schools

Thomas G. Franck, M.D., M.P.H.

Director, Chickahominy Health District 

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Estimadas familias, facultad y personal:

Le escribimos para compartir con usted una importante actualización relacionada con la salud. Mientras este mensaje es aplicable a todos, específicamente este mensaje está destinado a nuestras familias que tienen estudiantes que se instruyen cara a cara.

Sus decisiones son importantes y necesitamos su ayuda para mantener abiertas nuestras escuelas. Durante las últimas semanas, ha habido un aumento notable en el número de casos positivos de COVID-19 reportados en el condado de Hanover. Los datos indican que la gran mayoría de estos casos son resultado de la propagación comunitaria en eventos sociales donde los jóvenes y / o adultos se reúnen y no toman las precauciones de salud necesarias, como usar una máscara y mantener un adecuado distanciamiento social. Esto incluye reuniones y eventos deportivos en el interior y al aire libre, niños jugando en los vecindarios, fiestas de pijamas, y otras actividades recreativas.

Estas decisiones tienen un impacto directo en la cantidad de casos reportados en nuestras escuelas, que también está aumentando, particularmente dentro de nuestras escuelas secundarias. Esto también tiene un impacto directo en nuestra capacidad para continuar brindando instrucción en persona.

Estamos haciendo nuestra parte y le pedimos que haga la suya. Nuestra facultad y personal trabajan incansablemente todos los días para ayudar a garantizar que nuestros edificios sean lo más saludables y seguros posibles. Nuestras estrategias de mitigación de la salud están funcionando. La propagación de COVID-19 dentro de nuestras escuelas es muy baja y no hemos experimentado brotes generalizados de COVID-19. Sin embargo, no podemos controlar lo que ocurre más allá de nuestras paredes, y aquí es donde necesitamos su ayuda.

Sus decisiones afectan a los demás, así que elige sabiamente. Entendemos que todos están cansados de la pandemia y anhelan la normalidad. Sin embargo, debemos permanecer atentos, especialmente a medida que nos acercamos a la temporada navideña. La vigilancia ayuda a proteger a todos. La vigilancia mantiene a nuestros estudiantes saludables y listos para aprender. La vigilancia ayuda a mantener saludables a nuestros maestros/maestras y personal para que puedan brindar a nuestros estudiantes la instrucción de alta calidad, el apoyo, y las oportunidades que necesitan y merecen. La vigilancia ayuda a mantener abiertas nuestras escuelas.

Cordialmente,

Michael Gill, Ed. D.
Superintendente de Escuelas

Thomas G. Franck, M.D., M.P.H.
Director, Distrito de Salud de Chickahominy (Chickahominy Health District)
Original Message:

Maintaining the safety and wellness of our students and staff is always our top priority. Now more than ever, this is a shared responsibility that will require the collective effort and commitment of everyone, every day. Please take a moment to review the ways that you can help us to be as successful as possible in mitigating the spread of COVID-19.

Conduct Daily Wellness Checks

Keeping your student at home when they are sick is of the utmost importance and one of the best ways to prevent the spread of illness.

Please monitor your student’s health every morning before school by looking for the following COVID-19 symptoms:

● Fever of 100° F. or higher, chills, or a sense of having a fever

● Cough

● Nasal congestion or runny nose

● Sore throat

● Shortness of breath

● Diarrhea

● Nausea or Vomiting

● Fatigue

● Headache

● Muscle or body aches

● New loss of sense of taste or smell

Stay Home When Sick

Students who are exhibiting any of the above symptoms must stay home. Please call the school nurse or your attendance office to report that your child will be absent from school and the reason for the absence. Please also report your child’s symptoms. This will allow our school nurses to better track illness in our schools.

We also encourage you to contact your health care provider for further guidance. If your student is tested for COVID-19, he or she must stay at home until you receive the results. Any student who tests positive for COVID-19 or who is suspected of having COVID-19 will not be permitted to attend school based on guidance from health department officials.

If your student’s illness is not COVID-19 related (as determined by a medical professional), you will need to provide documentation from your health care provider to the school nurse so your student is able to return to school as quickly as possible.

As an additional reminder, students must be fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medications and symptoms should be resolved or greatly improved before returning to school. If your child is not feeling well or has a fever in the morning, please do not give him or her fever-reducing medications and send them to school. This unnecessarily places other students and staff at increased risk.

Illnesses During the School Day

If your child becomes ill during the day with any symptoms of COVID-19, we will care for your child in a separate clinic for the protection of other students who are not ill. A staff member will promptly contact you so that you can make the necessary arrangements to pick up your child as soon as possible. We ask that you arrive within 30 minutes. As always, please ensure you provide your student’s school with your contact information in the event of an emergency.

As always, we appreciate your understanding and support of our efforts to make our buildings as safe and healthy as possible for our students and staff. For additional information on our health and safety plans, please visit our Return to Learn FAQ page at https://bit.ly/31vKQcP. Please contact your school nurse with any questions or concerns you may have.

Sincerely,

Terry Woody

Health Services Coordinator
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