Health and Safety Tips: Resources for Keeping Our Kids Safe
Keeping our students and staff safe as we reopen schools is our first priority. Below is some information regarding COVID-19, some tips for face masks and social distancing, and links to additional informational resources to help support our students during this transition to a "new normal" in school:
Physical Safety -- Staying Healthy During The Coronavirus Pandemic
Know the Symptoms of COVID-19: COVID-19 has a wide range of reported symptoms ranging from mild to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Adults and children with the following symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or Body Aches
- New Loss of Taste or Smell
- Sore Throat
- Congestion or Runny Nose
- Nausea or Vomiting
As we continue to learn more about COVID-19, the list of symptoms can change. For the most up-to-date list of symptoms visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Symptoms webpage.
Though most children who have gotten COVID-19 experience mild symptoms, an inflammatory syndrome called Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in children (MIS-C) has appeared days to weeks after acute COVID-19 illness. MIS-C is a condition where different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs. MIS-C can be serious, even deadly, but most children diagnosed with the condition have gotten better with medical care.
Face Masks and Social Distancing:
Face Masks: The CDC recommends face masks be worn by children 2 years and over in public to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Gananda Central School District will be requiring students to wear masks while attending in-class sessions, with the exception of those students that have a medical condition that prevents them from safely wearing a mask. Face masks can be made of reusable fabric or can be the disposable paper mask, however, please keep in mind the reusable fabric masks should be washed after each use, and the disposable masks need to be disposed of after one use. Masks should be worn over the nose and mouth and fit snug to the face. Please note: Gaiter style masks are not currently an acceptable form of mask in school.
- Clean your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer before putting on your face mask.
- Make sure the face mask covers both your nose and mouth.
- Do not wear the mask hanging under your nose or mouth or around your neck. This will not protect you.
- Do not wear the face-covering on top of your head or take it on and off repeatedly.
- Clean your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer before taking off your face mask.
- Remove your mask by only touching the straps.
- Throw away your disposable mask, or if you have a reusable cloth mask, place it in a paper or plastic bag for later.
- Wash your hands again with soap and water or hand sanitizer.
- Wash your reusable (cloth) face mask in the washer (preferably on the hot water setting).
- Dry your reusable (cloth) face mask in the dryer on high heat.
- When it is clean and dry, place your face mask in a clean paper or plastic bag for later use. Tip: If you live in a household with many people, you may want to label your plastic bags with names so as not to mix up the face masks.
Social Distancing: The CDC recommends social distancing, or maintaining at least 6 feet of space between yourself and others that are not within your household to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. This recommendation is due to the fact that COVID-19 spreads mainly among people that are in close contact (less than 6 feet apart) over prolonged periods of time. Spread happens when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks, and droplets from their mouth are launched into the air and land in the mouths or noses of nearby people. The droplets can also be inhaled into the lungs. Because people can spread the virus before knowing they are infected, it is important to use social distancing along with mask-wearing to limit the spread of the disease as much as possible. Gananda Central School District will be adhering to social distancing guidelines as much as feasibly possible within our classrooms and buildings throughout the day. To help remind our students to keep 6 feet of space, we will have markings within the hallways and desks within classrooms will be separated as such.
Student or Staff Tests Positive for Covid-19:
The Wayne County Department of Health will be contacting the school district for any positive test results. If the student or staff member is in school, we will immediately isolate the student in the designated Covid-19 nurse's office until the parents arrive to pick up their student; or we will immediately send the staff member home. All other students will be assessed and a decision to dismiss or quarantine the class will be determined by the Wayne County Department of Health. If a student of staff member has been sent home for a positive Covid-19 test, they will need to have a medical doctor's note to clear them to come back to school.
Student or Staff begin to show Symptoms of Covid-19:
If the student or staff member are at home when they begin to show symptoms, notify the Covid-19 Lead Nurse, Kim Roach at 315-986-3521. Do not report to school.
If a student or staff member begin to show symptoms while at school, they will go to the Covid-19 nurse's office for an evaluation. A determination will be made at that point. If a student or staff member is sent home for a suspected case of Covid-19, they will need to see their doctor and get a note to clear them to come back to school.
Testing and Contract Tracing Plans: