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Steps for Success: Personal Health

Personal Health

Students must be illness/symptom-free in order to attend school. Families will partner with the school to ensure strict adherence to our health and safety procedures and policies.

Parents and students will be asked to monitor student health by conducting a Daily Health Screening at home prior to arriving at school. The Daily Health Screening should be performed and submitted daily.

Self-Screening Before Arrival to School
Screening should include the following symptoms 

  • New onset of cough or shortness of breath by themselves, OR

At least 2 of the following:

  • Fever (100.4 Fahrenheit or higher)
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms of diarrhea, vomiting, or nausea

This is not a comprehensive list of illness symptoms.

Children experiencing COVID-like symptoms should be kept home, consult their pediatrician, and be tested for COVID-19 if appropriate. 

Arriving at School

  • Parents will need to say goodbye outside the building as only enrolled students and faculty will be permitted to enter any school buildings. Parents are asked to use carpool drop-off and pick-up. Additional details to follow.
  • Students will wash their hands upon entering classrooms with sinks or use hand sanitizer before they engage in activities. Temperature checks will begin the day and be performed periodically throughout the day.
  • If possible, those vulnerable populations or those with serious underlying medical conditions should not drop off or pick up children, because they are more at risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Isolation for Sickness

If a student presents symptoms or registers a temperature of 100.4 or greater while on campus they will be removed from the classroom and their parent/guardian will be notified. The child will remain with the infirmary of the Trianon, or other appointed location until the parent/guardian arrives on campus. Parents must arrive on campus within 1 hour of notification.

Children who become ill with COVID-like symptoms should be kept home, consult their pediatrician, and tested for COVID-19 if appropriate.

Children with symptoms or a temperature of 100.4 or greater at school will be isolated (kept separate) from faculty and students in a properly ventilated area and cared for by staff dressed in proper personal protective equipment (PPE)—N95 mask, gown, and gloves—and parents contacted immediately. Students with symptoms must be picked up by parents within the hour of notification.

If there is a concern for COVID-19, please consult with Public Health’s Communicable Disease Program at 719-578-3220.

*Exclusion criteria:
If a student or faculty/staff member falls ill, their attendance should be reported.

Positive COVID-19 test result: Stay home at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared AND until no fever for at least three days without medication AND improvement of symptoms.

  • Siblings and household members will also be excluded from school and work for 14 days after the last infectious day of the positive case.
  • A negative test will NOT affect the recommendations around exclusion; a person will need to continue to isolate or quarantine for the entire amount of time, regardless of a negative result following a positive result.

Negative test result but symptoms with no other diagnosis: Stay home at least 10 days after onset of symptoms AND until no fever at least three days without medication AND improvement of other symptoms.

  • Siblings and household members should stay home 14 days.

For people with a probable COVID-19 diagnosis without lab confirmation or who have COVID-19 symptoms but did not seek medical care: Stay at home at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared AND until no fever for at least three days without medication AND improvement of other symptoms. 

  • Siblings and household member should stay home 14 days.

For those with other diagnosis to explain symptoms: Stay home until symptoms have improved and follow health care provider instructions to return to school.

  • Siblings and household member DO NOT need to stay home.

*Contact Tracing: Contact tracing performed in conjunction with Public Health allows schools to identify those students and faculty at risk of infection so they can be safely and quickly excluded so as not to propagate the infection further.

  • Contacts are defined as individuals who spent greater than 10 minutes with less than six feet between them and the infected person, had physical contact, or shared touched objects for up to 48 hours before symptoms. For practical purposes, in the school setting, this would include anyone who shared a classroom, break room or lunch table with a COVID-19-infected student or staff member as well as anyone in their social group. CSS will work in unison with El Paso County Health on any investigations. Pod-style learning by division (ie. Children’s School, Middle School, and Upper School) will enable Public Health to limit the disruption to most students. Extensive co-mingling of students may result in large numbers of exclusions that could significantly limit the number of students who can participate in-person. Academic plans should be flexible and agile, allowing for the sudden absence of large numbers of students.
  • Remember: Regardless of symptoms, all students identified as being positive with COVID-19 will be excluded from school for 10 days from symptom onset and all contacts will be excluded for 14 days after last exposure.

*Outbreaks in Schools

Outbreaks are defined as two or more positive COVID-19 cases in non-household members with symptom onsets within a 14-day window. These outbreaks can be limited to a single group or class (cohort outbreak), staff (two or more faculty members), or schoolwide (two or more cohorts within a school meeting the outbreak definition). Every outbreak will be unique and will be handled on a case-by-case basis in conjunction with Public
Health. To report a COVID-19 case or potential outbreak contact Public Health at 719-578-3220.   
 
In the event of an outbreak, the general procedure by El Paso County Public Health is as outlined below.Head of School, Tambi Tyler

Knowing the tight knit composition of CSS and the beautiful relationships woven by families, siblings, cross-divisional teachers, and teams a positive case may quickly result in the closure of an entire division or the whole school. If this is the case, we would assess and pivot to e-Learning. The procedures outlined by El Paso County Public Health will help us determine widespread reach.” - Tambi Tyler, Head of School

Single positive case within a school (student or staff):

  • Exclusion of case from school as described above.
  • Exclusion of cohort group for 14 days. 
  • If no cohorting, the school, in conjunction with Public Health will investigate contacts and exclude all involved students and faculty for 14 days.
  • Families can consider testing of known contacts after seven days; however, this will not change the 14 day quarantine period.
  • School closure not necessary.

Two or more confirmed non-household cases within a cohort/class over a 14-day period:

  • Exclusion of cases from school as described above.
  • Exclusion of cohorts for 14 days.
  • If no cohorting, the school, in conjunction with Public Health will investigate contacts and exclude all involved students and faculty for 14 days.
  • Families can consider testing of known contacts after seven days; however, this will not change the 14-day quarantine period.
  • If outbreak is limited to a single class or cohort, school closure may not be necessary.

Two or more classes or cohorts meeting the outbreak definition over a 14-day period:

  • Exclusion of all cases as described above. o Exclusion of all involved classes/cohorts/contacts/faculty for 14 days.
  • Possible testing of contacts after seven days; however, this will not change the 14-day quarantine period.
  • Consider school closure if the two outbreaks appear to be true school transmission and not separate community-acquired outbreaks.

Non-cohorted school outbreak:

  • Exclusion of all cases as described above.
  • Exclusion of all involved classes/contacts/faculty for 14 days. o Possible testing of contacts after seven days; however, this will not change the 14-day quarantine period.
  • Consider closing school if large number of faculty excluded or contact tracing unreliable. 
  • If greater than 10 percent of students/faculty absent for COVID-19: 
  • Recommend 14-day schoolwide closure with contact tracing, testing after seven days, and quarantine of ALL students and staff for 14-day period.

If greater than 10 percent above baseline absenteeism for illness in faculty and students:

  • Contact Public Health for investigation and technical support.
  • Immediate communication to faculty and students to encourage immediate COVID-19 testing of all symptomatic individuals before re-evaluation of possible school closure.

* Exclusions, Contact Tracing, and Outbreaks in School information is taken directly from El Paso County Public Health’s COVID-19 School Guidance

Last updated: July 27, 2020

 
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