Symptoms, Screenings, and Absences

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First Release: July 15, 2020   |   Updated August 12, 2020

  •  We will screen students, faculty and staff daily for symptoms. We have created a pre-day symptom check process. Every teacher, parent, and high school student with a cell phone listed in RenWeb will receive a ParentAlert text at 6 am every school day. The text will include a link to a form that must be completed for each person coming to school that day.
  • We understand that the daily symptom check texts may start to feel monotonous and rote, but we ask parents/students/staff to thoughtfully fill out the form each day with intent and purpose.
  • Students/faculty/staff will be sent home immediately if any COVID symptoms are present. They will be required to wear face masks/shields and remain in an isolation space in the main office as they wait to be picked up. 
  • We will follow this flow chart -- courtesy of the Washington University Pediatric and Adolescent Ambulatory Research Consortium. This determines course of action depending on the symptom(s), etc.
  • We request that all students, faculty and staff stay home if they are experiencing any COVID symptoms:

Fever (≥99.9F) or chills
New cough
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
New or worsening fatigue
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Sore throat
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting

  • If students, faculty or staff are exposed to someone with COVID (less than 6 ft. apart, longer than 15 minutes), they will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.
  • If someone at the school contracts COVID, the school will contact the Franklin County Health Department to will determine who has to stay at home and who may come to school. The relevant cohorts will transition to TFS@Home.
  • Faculty will prepare for multiple absences and extended absences both for students and for themselves. If a faculty member is quarantined but feeling well, Zoom teaching may occur with students still in the building.
  • Students 4th grade and up who are quarantining at home are welcome to conference into classes when possible (Facetime, Zoom, GoogleMeet).