Parent Letter August 28, 2020

Parent Letter August 28, 2020

We have received some important changes from the Indiana State Department of Health in regards to COVID-19. While we understand the frustration that comes with frequent change, we appreciate the efforts made by state and our local health officials.

Three main changes that will be implemented immediately:

1. Update on symptoms consistent with COVID-19
    ● If an individual has any of the following symptoms, it
       indicates a possible illness that may put them at risk
       for spreading illness to others.
       ○ Temperature 100.4°F or higher
       ○ Sore throat
       ○ Cough, especially new onset, uncontrolled cough; or
          any cough causing shortness of breath or difficulty
       ○ Diarrhea, vomiting or abdominal pain
       ○ New onset of severe headache, especially with fever
       ○ Loss of taste or smell

2. Update on quarantine of siblings and household members:
    ● If an individual has symptoms of COVID-19 as
       described above and tests positive or does NOT get
       tested for COVID-19, then all members of the
       household should be considered close contacts and are
       advised to quarantine. If the symptomatic person is
       diagnosed with another condition that explains the
       symptoms, or tests negative, then no quarantine for
       close contacts is necessary. A doctor’s note with an
       alternate diagnosis will be needed to return to school
       for the symptomatic student.
    ● A symptomatic individual and anyone living in their
       household should quarantine while awaiting test
    ● If a person who is symptomatic chooses not to test,
       that individual should quarantine for 10 days, while
       other members of the household should quarantine 14

3. Update on when an individual can return to school:
    ● If someone is not a known close contact of a COVID
       positive individual and tests negative, they may return
       to school once they are fever free for 24 hours. They
       no longer require the 10 day isolation or alternate
       diagnosis from a provider.
    ● An individual who is symptomatic and gets tested, and
       anyone in their home, should quarantine until test
       results are back. Previous practice was that others in
       the home could continue to report to school/work
       unless the individual was truly positive.

If you would like further information from the Indiana State Department of Health, you can find it here: ISDH Update 8-25-20.

As always, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or if I can help in any way.

Debbie Steffy

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