Nurse

Rosemary Nickson

SCHOOL NURSE

P (860) 228-4933
F (860) 228-9459
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Reason for Absence Form


Student sickness flow chart

Student Sickness Flowchart

Mask Exemption Form

District Wellness Policy

Communicating COVID-19 test results

Please report COVID-19 test results as soon as they are received to the school nurse Rosemary Nickson on the nursing office direct line (860) 228-4933 during school hours. If you receive your test results out of normal school hours please email ReEntry@hebron.k12.ct.us .


Sick Day Guidelines - When to keep your child home from school

Parents and staff are requested to complete a short checklist each morning. If students or staff have any of the CDC listed COVID-19 symptoms below, they must remain at home and contact the School Nurse to report symptoms and get guidance on return to school.
• Fever 100.4 and above
• Chills
• New Cough ( above baseline for asthma/allergy chronic cough)
• Shortness of breath 
• Difficulty breathing
• Loss of taste or smell
Muscle or body aches
New Headache
Sore throat
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
Diarrhea

All students and staff that are absent from school must fill out the Reason for Absence google form, found on the Health Department tab on Hebron Public schools website.

( *For all other symptoms please follow the established pre-COVID-19 Sick Day and Return to School policy)
When to Return to School Guidelines 
 

SECTION 1: Symptoms

This is the list of symptoms (in RED) that the Connecticut State Department of Education (Addendum 5) has highlighted that require medical evaluation and referral for testing for COVID-19 in order to return to school. (Even if it is just one symptom from this list).

1. Temperature 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by mouth
2. Chills
3. Shortness of breath
4. NEW uncontrolled cough  ( students with chronic allergic/asthma cough, a change in their baseline)
5. Difficulty breathing 
6. Loss of taste or smell

SECTION 2: CLOSE CONTACT/POTENTIAL EXPOSURE

1. Had close contact (wihin 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with a person with confirmed COVID-19 or a direct exposure to possibly infected droplets of saliva or nasal mucus.

Event 1: Individual has COVID -19 Symptoms (From section 1 in RED ) but has NOT had close contact to a person diagnosed with COVID-19

If the student/parent or staff answers YES to any symptom in Section 1 but NO to any contact/exposure in Section 2, the individual would be referred for evaluation by their healthcare provider and referred for testing. 

*If the individual tests negative they can return to school once there are no symptoms for 24 hours. 

*If the individual tests positive they must stay in self-isolation for at least 10 days since the onset of symptoms AND until at least 24 hours have passed with no fever (without fever-reducing medication) AND with improvement in other COVID-19 symptoms. 

*If the individual is not tested they must stay in self isolation for at least 10 days since the onset of symptoms AND at least 24 hours have passed with no fever. Students/staff may return to school earlier if they obtain a note from a healthcare provider with an alternative diagnosis.

Event 2: Individual has COVID-19 symptoms ( from section 1 in RED) AND had close contact to a person diagnosed with COVID-19

If the student/parent or staff answers YES to any symptom in Section 1 and YES to contact/exposure in Section 2, the individual should be referred for evaluation by their healthcare provider and get tested for COVID-19.  

*The individual who has received a negative test result must stay in self-isolation for at least 10 days since the onset of symptoms AND until 24 hours have passed (with no fever-reducing medication) AND with improvements of symptoms. 

*If the individual tests positive  they must stay in self-isolation for at least 10 days since the onset of symptoms AND until 24 hours have passed with no fever-reducing medications) AND with improvements in other symptoms. 

*If the individual is not tested they must stay in self-isolation for at least 10 days since the onset of symptoms AND until at least 24 hours have passed with no fever ( without fever-reducing medication) AND with improvement in other symptoms.

Event 3: Individual does not have symptoms BUT had close contact to someone diagnosed with COVID-19

If the student/parent or staff answers NO to any of the symptoms in section 1 but answers YES to contact /exposure in section 2, the individual should be referred for evaluation by their healthcare provider and get tested for COVID-19. 

*If the individual tests negative they must remain in self-quarantine for 14 days from the last exposure to the person diagnosed with COVID-19. 

*If the individual tests positive, they should remain home and monitor symptoms, staying home until 10 days have passed since the positive COVID-19 test. 

*If the individual is not tested they should remain home in self -quarantine for 14 days from the last exposure to the person diagnosed with COVID-19
 

Other possible COVID -19 symptoms

If an individual has any of the following other symptoms, sore throat, new headache, congestion, runny nose, diarrhea, vomiting, or muscle aches without a fever, they must stay home till feeling better and monitor for more symptoms to develop. If they do not develop any of the symptoms from SECTION 1 in RED above they can return to school when feeling well.

Additional measures;

If the student or staff has travelled out of the state of Connecticut to a high risk state listed on the Connecticut government website with travel restrictions, they must be quarantined for 14 days since their return at home and be monitored for symptoms. A negative test on return will not be accepted to allow a return to school earlier
The school nurse is allowed to use their clinical judgement if a staff or student shows signs of COVID-19 not listed in section 1, such as sore throat, headache, vomiting, diarrhea. They can send a student home for medical evaluation and testing for COVID-19.
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