Making In-person Instruction Possible
This week we see colleges in at least 19 states and K-12 schools in Indiana and Kentucky stopping in-person instruction due to the coronavirus.
It isn’t only because of positive cases; it is also due to the quarantining that must occur for those with direct contact with the infected person.
We saw this during the summer with student-athletes. We had only a few positive cases but because of their infection or having been in contact with someone who was positive, numerous others had to go into quarantine.
The quarantining rules we must follow are strict. In short order we could have large numbers for students and teachers in 14-day quarantine. When this happens, in-person instruction shuts down.
How can you help us sustain in-person instruction?
Contact school nurse, Vickie Pennington, to report any COVID-related health issues. This includes reporting a positive COVID test, reporting direct contact with a COVID-positive individual, providing information related to quarantine/isolation periods, supplying health department issued return-to-school forms, etc. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 736-8288.
Pre-screen your son. If he has any of these symptoms or conditions DO NOT send him to school.
- 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
- Traveled recently to Mississippi, Idaho, South Carolina, or Texas.
Remind him to wash his hands and wear his mask.
Limit his circle of socializing.
For those interested in tracking cases in schools, visit the state’s COVID-19 website (kycovid19.gov). As of August 24 local health departments are reporting cases to the state for schools. The site says this:
“Positive cases of the novel coronavirus associated with schools are reported every weekday by the schools to local health departments. The case numbers on the school public health report are being posted as quickly as possible after notification of cases is received. These cases may still be in the verification process at the state level. Therefore, the numbers may vary from local and other reported numbers and are subject to revision as the verification process is completed.”