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COVID-19 Green Phase Class Resumption Guidelines
COVID-19 is mostly spread by respiratory droplets released when people talk, cough, or sneeze. It is thought that the virus may spread to hands from a contaminated surface and then to the nose or mouth, causing infection (CDC, 2020). Therefore, personal prevention practices (such as hand washing and staying home when sick) and environmental prevention practices (such as cleaning and disinfection) are important principles that are covered in these guidelines.
Promoting Behaviors that Reduce Spread
Stay Home or Self-Isolate when Appropriate
- Any person who has been sick with COVID-19 symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19 (with or without symptoms), per CDC guidelines, are asked to self-isolate for 10 days. After 10 days, if symptom free, you may return to school.
- Any person who may have been potentially exposed to someone with COVID-19 or are taking care of a person who is COVID-19 positive, per CDC guidelines, are asked to self-isolate for 14 days. After 14 days, if symptom free, you may return to school.
- If scheduled to come to the school or intend to come to the school and have recently traveled, please follow the PA DOH guidelines as follows:
- The Secretary of Health issued an order requiring travelers over age 11 entering Pennsylvania from locations outside the Commonwealth, including Pennsylvanians who are returning home from locations outside the Commonwealth, to produce evidence of a negative COVID-19 test or place themselves in quarantine for 10 days without testing or a 7-day quarantine with a negative test on or after day 5 of quarantine.
- If someone cannot get a test or chooses not to, they must quarantine for 10 days upon arrival in Pennsylvania.
- View the amended Order of the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health for Mitigation Relating to Travel. https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/Documents/Diseases%20and%20Conditions/SOH%20Travel%2011-25-2020.pdf
- Students are asked to perform daily self-health checks (symptom checking) and report any ill symptoms. Watch for symptoms as people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported from mild to severe illness.
- Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Some symptoms include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. This list does not include all possible symptoms.
- Please visit the CDC symptom tool to help you make decisions and seek appropriate medical care https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html
- All who enter the school will be required to have their temperature checked. If found with a fever (as defined by the CDC as 100.4°F or greater) will be sent home and asked to self-isolate for 10 days or present a negative COVID-19 test result.
Cloth Face Coverings
- All who enter the school will be required to use cloth face coverings. Wearing a cloth face covering is meant to protect other people in case the wearer is unknowingly infected but does not have symptoms. Cloth face coverings are not surgical masks, respirators, or other medical personal protective equipment.
- Wash your hands before putting on your face covering.
- Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin. Fit it snugly against the sides of your face but make sure you can breathe easily. Don’t touch the face covering, and, if you do, wash your hands.
- If you are having trouble breathing or are getting too hot with the face covering, please excuse yourself from the building to get fresh air.
- Note: Cloth face coverings should not be placed on children younger than 2 years old.
- Face shields will be provided to students.
- The face shields must be worn when performing skills in the lab or lab skills within 6 feet from another individual.
Hand Hygiene and Respiratory Etiquette
- A hand sanitizer station is set up immediately upon entering the school and immediately outside all classrooms. We ask all to sanitize their hands upon entering the building.
- Everyone is encouraged to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow. Used tissues should be thrown in the trash and hands washed immediately with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol can be used.
- Class sizes have been reduced to allow for the minimum 6 feet in distance apart.
- Designated markings have been placed on the floor to assist in maintaining social distancing.
- All desks and chairs are to stay within designated markings to maintain appropriate distance. And whenever necessary, all students are asked to stand on designated markings.
- Break and lunch times will be staggered in order to minimize person-to-person contact. Students are asked not to congregate but instead to maintain proper distancing when utilizing spaces such as the kitchen, library, and student center.
The informational sections provided on this document were collected from the CDC and DOH websites. All policies and procedures were developed as guided by their recommendations as well as Governor Tom Wolf’s orders. For more information related to COVID-19 please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), (2020). Coronavirus (COVID-19). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), (2020). Isolate if you are sick. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/isolation.html
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania The Governor, (2020) Process to reopen Pennsylvania. Retrieved from https://www.governor.pa.gov/process-to-reopen-pennsylvania/
PA Department of Health (DOH), (2020). Coronavirus (COVID-19). Retrieved from https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx
PA Department of Health (DOH), (2020). COVID-19 information for travelers. Retrieved from https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Travelers.aspx