Tamaqua School District has a protcol to determine when it is safe for a student or staff member to return to school after experiencing potential symptoms of COVID-19 or after being exposed.
Every situation is a little different so please do not hesitate to call the school nurse to determine if it is necessary for your child to stay home from school and for how long.
After it has been determined that a student needs to stay home from school, they must meet one of the following criteria prior to returning to school.
-10 days have passed since sypmtoms started. Symptoms have improved. Child has not had a fever for 24 hours. (They cannot be taking fever reducing medications such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen).
-Doctor's note stating they are cleared to return to school. A student can return before the 10 days as long as they hand in a copy of the this note and they are fever free for 24 hrs. (They cannot be taking fever reducing medication).
-Negative COVID-19 test result. A student can return before the 10 days as long as they are fever free for 24 hrs. (They cannot be taking fever reducing medication).
There are many different steps we can take to help prevent the spread of COVID-19
COVID-19 spreads from person to person mostly through respiratory droplets.These droplets are spread throught the air when an infected person coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice. These droplets can then land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Masks help prevent droplets from being expelled into the air so they help prevent people around you. People often ask why everyone is recommended to wear maks and not just people who have COVID-19. The reason for this is people can have COVID-19 and be asymptomatic (have no symptoms) or they can be in the period of the infection during which they can spread COVID-19 but have not experienced any symptoms yet.
CDC recommends that people wear masks in public settings when around people outside of their household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
Staff will wear their masks at all times while in the building.
The CDC recommends practicing Social Distancing whenever possible. This is best accomplished by keeping 6 feet between you and others.
It is important to wash hands effectively and frequently to help spread the spread of any germs.
Make sure you are using warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds! To help kids understand how long that is, you can have them sing Happy Birthday twice.
If running water and soap are not available, you can use hand sanitizer until you can get to water and soap. Just make sure the sanitizer contains at least 60% alcohol!
Symptoms of COVID-19
It is important to remember that the severity of symptoms can range from no symptoms at all (asymptomatic) to severe. The severity of symptoms and the particular symptoms a person experiences will be different for everyone. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Loss of taste of smell
Nausea or vomiting
The American Academy of Pediatrics has a few tips to help parents meet the emotional needs of their child during a hard time such as the COVID-19 Pandemic.
-Take care of yourself. Child look up to adults and depend of them to make them feel safe and secure. If you are anxious or upset, your child will pick up on that and is more likely to feel the same way.
-Watch for unusual behavior that might mean your child is having a hard time coping with current events and situations. These behaviors might include.....
-Talk about the situation. Ignoring COVID-19 and not explaining it to your child can make it more frigthening to them because they will not understand it or know what to expect. There are many great videos that can help explain COVID-19 and our current situations to your children.
-Ask your child what they have heard or already know about COVID-19. If they have any misunderings, this gives you the oppurtunity to provide them with the correct information as well as talk about their feelings concerning the situation.
-Encourage your child to ask you any questions. This will help make sure they get the correct information as well as show them that you are there for them and support them.
-Limit media exposure regarding COVID-19. It is good to stay informed but too much information can be overwhelming and can cause more confusion.
-Explain steps on preventing the spread of COVID-19 to child. Knowing they can actively do something to help will help them feel more in control. You can also explain steps the schools and community are taking to help keep them safe.
If you have any concerns about your child, contact your child's pediatrician, another healthcare provider or the school nurse.