School and family partnerships will be critical to encouraging health and behavioral norms that will support a healthier environment in both settings. Our collaboration will be essential to promoting good health across our school and caring for our whole community.
The school will continue to keep families updated regarding preventative measures and protocols that can be applied by students at home and school.
All TLS community members will need to monitor for symptoms and fever before coming to school. Parents/guardians will be asked to monitor their children and follow the indicated protocols.
Families should partner with the school to wear cloth face coverings in public spaces, maintain physical distancing, and teach/model good hygiene practices for their children during the non-school hours. Practicing at home will help reinforce what the school will model and educate.
Visitors to campus will be limited (more detail here
). As COVID-19 continues to evolve, the safety of The Lexington School employees, students, families, and visitors remains the top priority of the TLS Health Center. In order to do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19, and to reduce the potential risk of exposure to our workforce, students, and families, all visitors will be required to complete a simple screening questionnaire and temperature check upon arrival to campus.
PARENTS AND STUDENTS
Our Health Center professionals are carefully monitoring information and guidance provided by federal (CDC) and state departments and have direct contact with the Fayette County Health Department and local care providers.
We would like to remind parents to keep your student home for at least 72 hours if your child has any of the following symptoms
, and only bring him/her back after your child is fever free and other symptoms have diminished (see flow chart
WHEN DOES MY CHILD STAY HOME?
- Has had a fever of 100.4 or higher. The temperature should be assessed WITHOUT the aid of fever-reducing medications.
- Does not have a fever but is exhibiting flu-like symptoms (fatigue, body aches, chills, etc.).
- Has a cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing.
- New loss of taste or smell
- Has vomited or had diarrhea
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.WHAT HAPPENS IF A STUDENT OR CHILD TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID?
The TLS Health Center will notify the Health Department and all families in the cohort or zone that an individual in the group has tested positive for COVID-19. The person who tests positive will follow the guidelines for quarantine.
Those who have been determined to be in close contact with the student will also have to self-quarantine.
TLS continues to follow CDC preparatory recommendations, which include:
- Increasing access to alcohol-based hand sanitizers that contain at least 60% alcohol.
- Routinely cleaning frequently touched surfaces and objects.
- Displaying visual alerts/reminders about respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette.
Parents can partner with TLS by reviewing and following the CDC’s recommendations for preventive measures that individuals and families should follow every day to prevent illness:
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer; especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Maintain social distancing. No handshakes, sharing food and drinks, and hugs.
- Stay outside in small groups and practice social distancing when getting together with people outside of your household.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then dispose of it in the trash receptacle.
- Clean phones, iPad, and computer keyboards at home each night.
MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS
We know that the pandemic and events of this spring have been extremely challenging for all of us, and for our students. We are anticipating that students will need additional support, and that faculty and staff will need additional training, in identifying indicators of increased needs. We are grateful to have added an additional school counselor this year, which puts us in good stead to increase our support and awareness for all students for the coming year.
Our priority and emphasis in the Health Center are on the health and well-being of The Lexington School community. We seek to be responsive to concerns that families, staff, and students might have and are available to answer questions by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
or by phone at 895-278-0501(TLS Health Center).