IF YOUR CHILD EXHIBITS SYMPTOMS ASSOCIATED WITH COVID-19:
WCSD follows the NYSDOH and CDC guidance for return to school after students or staff members exhibit symptoms associated with COVID-19 that are new or unusual for them: fever, loss of taste or smell, persistent cough or headaches, sore throat, nasal congestion, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. If your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, please keep them home.
They should return to school when they meet the all of the following criteria:
1. test negative for COVID-19
2. exhibit significant improvement of symptoms
3. are fever-free for at least 24 hrs without fever-reducing medication
Call the main office if you need home test kits. Consult with the school nurse if you have any questions.
IF YOUR CHILD TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19:
1. Notify the school nurse immediately
2. Isolate your child at home for a minimum of 5 days after symptom onset (or positive test date if asymptomatic)
3. Your child should return to school on day 6-10* of isolation if
a. Remains fever-free for at least 24 hrs without fever-reducing medication
b. Symptoms are significantly improved or resolved
c. Able to wear a well-fitting mask over the mouth and nose through day 10
*Day "zero" is the day your child started symptoms (or tested positive if asymptomatic).
IF YOUR CHILD IS EXPOSED TO COVID-19
The NYSDOH and CDC recommend that your child:
1. Wear a well fitting mask over the mouth and nose indoors and on the bus for 10 days following exposure
2. Test for COVID-19 five days after the date of exposure or sooner if symptoms develop
3. Please notify your school nurse immediately if your child tests positive.
Thank you for following these CDC and NYSDOH School guidelines so we can keep our schools healthy!
Health Concerns: Please call or email me with any concerns you may have regarding your child's health. If you child is ill or injured and cannot fully participate in school activities, please have the doctor write a note for the nurse. Refer to these District Health Office links for more info: Illness/Communicable Disease and Injury/Activity Restrictions
Medications: If your child needs to receive medications in school, please have your child's doctor write orders. An adult will need to bring these into school along with a parent/guardian written permission for the medication. No medication can be given otherwise. See link above.
Physical Exams: If your child has a well-child physical, please be sure to request a copy for the school nurse. NYS requires physicals for Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd and 5th grade, but all physicals are welcome throughout the year!! Refer to the District Health Office link for more info: Physical and Dental Exams
Immunizations: If your child receives any immunizations please ask for a copy for the school nurse. Refer to the link above for a list of immunizations required by NYS for school attendance.
Screenings: Your child will be screened by the school nurse during the school year for vision, hearing and scoliosis and required by NYS Law. If the Health Office has a current physical on file and the physician has performed the required screen, the nurse does not need to screen your child.
Field Trips: Remember that we need an extra labeled prescription container for daily medications so we can send medication on field trips. A school nurse does not regularly attend field trips, therefore medications are usually administered by other school staff if needed on field trips. Please refer to the District Health Office link for more info: Field Trips
Attendance Line: (585) 670-1004. The nurse does not take attendance. Please call the Attendance Line number if your child will not be attending school. If your child is ill for an extended period of time, has been diagnosed with strep throat or another contagious illness, or is injured and requires modifications in school, please call the nurse before your child returns to school to discuss and develop a safe return to school.