It Is Not Over
By Dr. Rob Mullen
On April 19 we welcome back to campus a large number of students whose 14-day travel quarantine ends. Thank you to all who cooperated with this requirement. I know it was an aggravation. This week the health department thanked Archdiocesan schools who followed their 14-day guideline. They believe it had a positive impact on community containment of the virus.
Unfortunately, the containment may be short-lived. You may have read that 21 states are reporting an increase in COVID-19 cases.
We are receiving more reports from school families about students who are showing symptoms.
Please follow the guidelines below and keep your son home as needed. I am especially anxious about getting seniors to graduation weekend without having to quarantine. I do not want anyone to miss the chance to “walk.”
Pre-screen your son. If he has any of these symptoms or conditions, DO NOT send him to school. Contact his doctor.
- Fever (100.4 or above) or chills
- Persistent cough
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- Loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
- New rash
- Been exposed recently to someone who has tested positive or is suspected of being positive.
In order to comply with health department guidelines, please contact school nurses Jacqueline Harrell, 736-2199 or email@example.com, or Vickie Pennington, 736-8288 or firstname.lastname@example.org, whenever your son exhibits COVID-19 symptoms or has been in contact with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive. You can leave messages for them in the evenings and weekends.
The health department has this protocol for those who travel out-of-state for leisure:
Students and non-vaccinated school employees are to quarantine for 14 days from date of return to the metro area after being out-of-state for leisure travel. This required quarantine does not apply to any person who has had COVID-19 in the past 90 days and can produce a copy of the positive test result.
I believe the increasing number of adults, and now youth, getting vaccinated is another factor that ensures school-as-normal in August. We just have to get safely through these remaining weeks.