~A NOTE FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE~
To: Parents and Caregivers of Grand Meadow Students
July 27th 2020
Re: Requirements for the 2020-2021 School Year
1.) As you know, a statewide mask ordinance went into effect over the weekend. For general school population this will mean that students will be required to wear a mask before boarding and while riding the school bus and before entering the school building throughout the day with scheduled breaks.
*It is HIGHLY recommended to have 5 reusable masks per student labeled with your child's/ren's first and last name. (extras may be helpful if weekly laundry will be a challenge).
*While there will be some access to disposable masks at school, they will likely be in short supply and we will rely on parents to provide reusable masks for their students.
*Students should wear a fresh clean mask each day.
2.) At this time we (school staff) do NOT plan to perform 1:1 COVID19 Screenings before students can enter the school or school bus. We will screen students with complaints of not feeling well, looking not well, or sounding not well.
*There is a screening that we will expect that parents do DAILY that the student will present to the assigned teacher each morning.
*In order to increase the possibility or length of time we will be able to have students on campus, it is up to families, students and school staff to comply with the daily screening check list and to follow the Decision Tree provided by the Minnesota Department of Health.
*These measures won’t prevent all transmission, but the goal is to reduce and keep to a minimum.
3.) Students found to be ill at school will be screened according to the most current Decision Tree at the time.
*Students that have symptoms (per the Decision Tree guide) will be in an isolation room until they can be picked up by a parent or caregiver. This system is not in place to hold all ill students all day. It will simply be a waiting area isolated from non-symptomatic students.
*It is absolutely imperative that your phone numbers are up to date as well as those you list as emergency contacts.
*Make sure you have a BACK UP PLAN for your students in the event they need to be home (per the Decision Tree) AND/OR if your students need to be sent home by the school nurse or other delegate.
WISHING EVERYONE WELLNESS AND INGENUITY,
~Your School Nurse, Kathi Himebaugh, RN~