COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

What are the symptoms parents should be screening for prior to sending their children to school each day?

Parents/guardians are expected to screen their students for COVID-19 symptoms each day prior to sending their student to school. Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

Fever

Chills

Cough

Shortness of Breath

Fatigue

Muscle/Body Aches

Headache

New loss of taste or smell

Sore throat

Congestion/Runny Nose

Nausea/Vomiting

Diarrhea

 

Who should I contact if my child or someone in our household tests positive for COVID-19?

Call or email the campus nurse as soon as possible.

What will the procedure be if someone in my student’s class or school is suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19?

  • When a student has displayed symptoms of COVID-19, the school nurse will provide a clinical assessment to determine if and when a student needs to be sent home.
  • Students who are ill will be separated from their peers and should be picked up within 30 minutes from the time the campus contacted the student’s parent/guardian.
  • Other students will be removed from the classroom and taken to an alternate location on campus so that the classroom can be disinfected.
  • An exposure letter will be sent through Skyward to the entire affected campus if there is a confirmed positive case.
  • Students or staff who come into close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days and may not return to campus during that time. Additional communication (i.e. automated phone call, additional letter with further instructions, or a phone call from District RN) will be transmitted to those deemed close contacts and required to quarantine. NOTE: The CDC defines close contact to include anyone who came within 6 feet of an infected individual for at least 15 minutes starting from 48 hours before illness onset until the time the patient is isolated. Close contact occurs in this situation regardless of whether the individuals wear face coverings.

 

If a staff member or student has been deemed a close contact and required to quarantine for 14 days, if they are COVID tested and the result is negative, may they return sooner?

No, they must quarantine for the full 14 days (which is the extent of the incubation period), starting from the last time they were in contact from the positive individual.

 

If a student is quarantined from school because they are a close contact, do their siblings have to quarantine as well?

No, they would be considered a contact of a contact so they were not exposed. If the quarantined student starts to exhibit any COVID-19 symptoms then they should consult their physician or campus nurse regarding the other students in the household.

 

Is a negative test required to return to school following quarantine?

No, the quarantined individual will need to complete their amount of days at home, have no fever for 24 hours without fever reducing medication, and have improvement in symptoms.


How is the COVID-19 virus spread, and what can we do to prevent spreading it or becoming infected?

The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person, mostly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Spread is more likely when people are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).

Here is how you can prevent infection:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Put distance between yourself and other people outside your home.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a covered trash can.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, even inside your home.
  • Monitor your health and be alert for symptoms.

 

What should I do if I had close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19?

If you have, or suspect you have, had close contact with someone who has COVID-19, call your health care provider immediately and describe the contact you have had. If you do not have any symptoms then having a COVID test is not necessary unless symptoms develop. Students and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 should call or email the campus nurse as soon as possible.

 

What should I do if I suspect my child has symptoms of COVID-19?

If you suspect that your child may have symptoms of COVID-19, please make sure the child sees a health care provider immediately.

 

Will my child be counted absent if they are sent home for suspected COVID-19?

Students that are absent for any reason can be counted “present” if they engage in virtual instruction on that missed day, or missed days in the case of quarantine. The absence will not be held against them if they participate in virtual learning activities. They are not locked into virtual instruction for the remainder of the six weeks; they will automatically switch back to face to face instruction after their quarantine is complete.

 

Will there be an opportunity to borrow a device to continue schooling at home if a student needs to quarantine?

AISD has Chromebooks and Hotspots available on each campus to checkout to students.

Campus Nurse Information

Campus

Nurse

Phone

Email

Fax

AEN

Candi Howard LVN

(817) 783-6863

choward@alvaradoisd.net

(817) 783-6871

AES

Valarie Slagle LVN

(817) 783-6880

valaries@alvaradoisd.net

(817) 783-6889

LES

Nicole Robertson RN

(817) 783-6815

robertsonn@alvaradoisd.net

(817) 783-6823

AIS

Miranda Fagan LVN

(817) 783-6825

faganm@alvaradoisd.net

(817) 783-6837

AJH

Amber Ford LVN

(817) 783-6840

forda@alvaradoisd.net

(817) 783-6844

AHS

Angela Taylor LVN

(817) 783-6940

ataylor@alvaradoisd.net

(817) 783-6944

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