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UPDATED - Avery ISD COVID-19 Health Office Protocol

January 26, 2021

 Avery ISD COVID-19 Health Office Protocol



Purpose: The purpose of this protocol is to allow for guidance of the Health office during COVID-19 outbreaks or any additional viruses with correlating symptoms to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).


Training: Staff members will be provided with training that will include:

  • Symptoms
  • How it spreads
  • How to protect oneself/others, self-actions, handwashing, hand sanitizer, covering cough/sneeze, use of PPE, and staying home when ill
  • Workplace protection strategies


Screening: According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) schools are not expected to screen students or staff to identify cases of COVID-19, if a community or school has cases of COVID-19, local health officials will help identify those individuals and will follow up on next steps.


Health Protocols for Staff and Students: Staff and students should remain home from school if exhibiting any of the following symptoms without other known diagnosis under current treatment.

  • Cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing,
  • Chills, repeated shaking,
  • Muscle pain, headache, sore throat,
  • Loss of taste or smell,
  • Diarrhea, Vomiting, Nausea
  • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit, or
  • Known close contact with a person who is lab confirmed to have COVID-19.


Protocol for Return to school after exposure to positive COVID-19: CDC guidelines should be followed and may be updated as new information is provided.

Students/Staff who are close contacts of someone with confirmed COVID-19 and do not have symptoms should not go to work or school and avoid public places except to get medical care for 14 days, and monitor their health for fever, cough and shortness of breath for 14 days after exposure.

Students/Staff that have been exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19 and have symptoms should not go to work or school and avoid public places except to get medical care,
consider use of a facemask when around other people or pets, separate themselves from people and pets in the home and avoid sharing household items, practice good hygiene habits: cover coughs and sneezes, wash hands often, clean all "high- touch" surfaces daily,                                                                                                                         monitor symptoms and seek prompt medical attention if illness worsens, and call ahead before visiting your healthcare provider.

Listed Below are the CDC alternatives to a 14-day quarantine period that could be considered for asymptomatic individuals. (These options are no longer available for students)

  • 10-Day Quarantine Period: No testing required AND only if no symptoms have been reported during daily monitoring.
    • Estimated residual post-quarantine transmission risk without testing-median of 1.4%, range of 0.1-10.6%.
  • 7-Day Quarantine Period: If a diagnostic specimen tests negative AND if no symptoms were reported during daily monitoring.
    • Estimated residual post-quarantine transmission risk for RT-PCR testing: median of 4%, range of 2.3-8.6%; for antigen testing: median 5.5%, range of 3.1-11.9%.
  • Both 10 and 7-Day Quarantine Period: Discontinuation of quarantine can only occur if the following criteria are met:
    • There is no clinical evidence of COVID-19 during daily symptom monitoring throughout the entire quarantine period, and;
    • Daily symptom monitoring continues through quarantine Day 14; and,
    • Individuals are counseled to adhere strictly through quarantine Day 14 to all recommended public health interventions (mask wearing, social distancing etc.), and to immediately self-isolate and contact the local public health authority or their healthcare provider should they develop any symptoms.


Protocol for returning to school after positive COVID-19: Students and staff members can return to school after a positive COVID- 19 test after meeting the following criteria.

  • 24 hours with no fever (without fever reducing medications),
  • Symptoms have improved, and
  • 10 days since symptoms first appeared (or 10 days after positive test results if no symptoms).


Health Office Procedures:

  • Before sending students with possible COVID-19 symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, possible fever) to the office, staff members must notify the office so that they can be placed in the appropriate isolation area.
  • If the student/staff member has a mask they will be asked to put the mask on while being evaluated. If the student /staff member does not have a mask one may be placed in the isolation area while being evaluated.
  • Students/staff with possible COVID-19 symptoms will be placed in separate isolation area outside health office to allow use of health office by other students for continuing health needs.
  • Separate isolation area will have hard nonporous chairs positioned 6 feet apart from any other student/staff member.
  • Mask, gowns, or eye protection may be worn by nurse when evaluating students/staff members with symptoms of illness.
  • Coordinate with student’s family and health care team: Plan for acute respiratory treatment care using up to date standard or care. Nebulizer treatments are identified by the CDC as aerosol-generating procedures requiring a N95. Consult with healthcare provider for alternate asthma medication delivery systems such as therapy delivered by metered dose inhaler.
  • Any student/staff member with possible COVID-19 symptoms may be sent home regardless of absence of fever.
  •  Encourage the notification of health care providers, Emergency room, or EMS of possible COVID-19 symptoms if referral is made.


Conclusion: This protocol and the Avery ISD- Return to School protocol will help guide the Avery ISD health office. These practices are subject to be updated and change based on new evidence-based materials that are recommended by the CDC, DSHS, or other governing health officials.





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