If you are interested in a community testing event, please check the MDH website.
Daily Self Screening - to be completed at home EVERY morning before school
9-3-20 Message from the Nurse
On 8/31 Minnesota Department of Health released new guidance for Schools regarding staff and student COVID related illnesses. I wanted to point out a few highlights from the guidance.
- If a student is sent home with COVID-like symptoms, siblings and other household contacts will be sent home and should also isolate. The length of isolation may vary depending on the COVID-like symptomatic person. This could be from 3 -14 days.
- Symptom changes: More Common: Fever greater than or equal to 100.4 F, New onset and/or worsening cough, difficulty breathing, new loss of taste or smell. Less Common: sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, chills, muscle pain, excessive fatigue, new onset of severe headache, new onset of nasal congestion or runny nose.
- If a negative test result is obtained by the person with possible COVID, then the person may return once symptoms have subsided for 24 hours. Also, the family members may stop isolation and may return to school.
COVID 19 Saliva screening – The decision to offer a mass screening at school will be determined by the regional COVID team and NRHEG school. IF this is offered, it will NOT be performed without parental consent. It is not a back-to-school screening tool.
Carrie Petsinger, RN, BSN, LSN
NRHEG District Licensed School Nurse cpetsinger@nrheg
As you are well aware, things are rapidly changing with schools in regards to COVID-19. I wanted to take a few minutes to be sure you are aware of the important changes.
Our district is following CDC guidelines for student screening. This is what we have in place for our screening process.
Screening: Together we will strive to keep our school and community healthy!
Each household is asked to assess their child daily prior to school using the CDC Daily Home screening for students tool. Parents/guardians sending students to school are attesting that their student is not experiencing COVID symptoms or have not been exposed to someone positive for COVID. Positive symptoms can be quite mild for some - headache and stuffy nose, stuffy nose and sore throat, etc. but we are asking you to keep your children home with those symptoms. They can still participate in distance learning. Prevent the Spread of Covid-19 symptom information sheet is a great resource.
Drinking fountains will not be on. Please send a water bottle with your child or have them leave one at school.
Masks need to be worn each and every day your child is in school. Masks should only be worn one day before washing. Masks cannot have any sort of valve in them and must follow the MDH guidelines/executive order. If you are claiming a medical exemption for your child, you must submit a physician’s letter to the health office indicating the diagnosis which your child is exempt from wearing a mask. In that circumstance, a face shield must be worn and must follow MDH guidelines.
NRHEG will follow the MDH decision tree. A provider letter will NOT override the MDH recommendations (unless it is an alternative diagnosis; as stated in the decision tree.)
If your student has any medical condition (diabetes, asthma, allergies) that the health office should be aware of, please be in contact with us asap to be sure that we have necessary medications/paperwork in place. The prescription and non-prescription forms are attached or available on the website.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Links
CDC Coronavirus Website
MDH Coronavirus Website
MDH Coronavirus for Schools Website
Good Handwashing is the best way to stop the spread of illnesses!
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The goal of the health services is to provide a safe and healthy environment for students to stay in school and learn to the best of their abilities. This includes immunization compliance, administering prescriptions and over the counter medications, developing emergency care plans, chronic condition monitoring, vision and hearing screenings, scoliosis screenings, collaborating with a dental hygienist to provide cleanings at school and providing families with relevant health information. The health services work closely with local public health and Minnesota Department of Health.