Triad Community Unit School District #2

Health & Wellness

If you have a fever, cough or other symptoms, you might have COVID-19. Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home.

  • Stay home. You may be contagious to others.

  • If you think you may have been your child may have been exposed to COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider & school nurse immediately.

  • Keep track of your symptoms.

  • If you or your child have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), get emergency medical care immediately.

  • When calling your child's absence in to the school, be specific with your child's symptoms. If someone in your home or your child has been diagnosed, inform the school nurse or call it in to attendance line as soon as possible.

  • Personal identifiable information is protected under privacy laws. The district is unable to share the identities of potential or positive Coronavirus cases unless specific consent is obtained by the individual.

daily Health screenings: covid-19

District measures to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus and keep students and staff safe include two parts:

  1. Daily home screening by parents and Triad staff. Prior to coming to school, a symptoms screening will be performed at home. It includes a review of signs of infectious illness including:

  2. Designated school staff will also perform daily temperature checks during the first hour of school or upon students' arrival. Those students with temperatures of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or above will be sent to the nurse for further evaluation and sent home. Further instructions for parents will be given at that time in accordance to school policy and advisement of the local health department.

Daily Screening at Home: Instructions

If your child has any of the following symptoms, that indicates a possible illness that may decrease the student’s ability to learn and also put them at risk for spreading illness to others. Please check your child for these symptoms:

SECTION 1: Symptoms

    • Temperature 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by mouth

    • Sore throat

    • New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (for students with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline)

    • Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain; or

    • New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever.

SECTION 2: Close Contact/Potential Exposure

    • Had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with a person with confirmed COVID-19: OR

    • Had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with person under quarantine for possible exposure to SARS-CoV-2; OR

    • Traveled to or lived in an area where the local, Tribal, territorial, or state health department is reporting large numbers of COVID-19 cases as described in the Community Mitigation Framework

    • Live in areas of high community transmission (as described in the Community Mitigation Framework) while the school remains open.

If the student/parent/caregiver answers YES to any question in Section 1 but NO to any questions in Section 2, the student would be excused from school in accordance with existing school illness management policy (e.g., until symptom-free for 24 hours without fever reducing medications).

If the student or parent or caregiver answers YES to any question in Section 1 and YES to any question in Section 2, the student should be referred for evaluation by their healthcare provider and possible testing. CDC strongly encourages local health departments to work with local school systems to develop a strategy to refer symptomatic individuals to an appropriate healthcare provider or testing site. State, Tribal, territorial, and local health officials and/or healthcare providers will determine when viral testing for SARS-CoV-2 is appropriate. Schools should not require testing results as a part of return to school policies. Students who have received a negative test result should be allowed to return to school once their symptoms have otherwise improved in accordance with existing school illness management policies.

Students diagnosed with COVID-19 or who answer YES to any question in Section 1 and YES to any question in Section 2 without negative test results should stay home, isolate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department. Students and their families should be advised that the local health department may contact the family for contact tracing. If contacted, families should notify the contract tracer that the student attended school.

Students diagnosed with COVID-19 or who answer YES to any component of Section 1 AND YES to any component of Section 2 without negative test results should be permitted to return to school should be in line with current CDC recommendations in “When Can I Be Around Others”. A negative test or doctor’s note should not be required for return. Questions regarding return to school should be jointly decided in consultation with parents or caregivers, school personnel, and the student’s healthcare provider.

Triad Community Unit School District #2 has 5 full-time certified school nurses to oversee the health of students.

The National Association of School Nurses defines school nursing as: A specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well-being, academic success, and lifelong achievement of students. To that end, school nurses facilitate positive student responses to normal development; promote health and safety; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self-management, self-advocacy, and learning.