Laura Ann Baird RN, BSN
Ottawa Hills Local Schools
- Elementary School Office: Fax: 419-536-8329
- Junior/Senior High School: Fax: 419-534-5376
Ottawa Hills COVID-19 protocols
- All children will be sent to the nurse for guidance on how to proceed with protocol for COVID-19.
- The nurse will assess the child within a timely manner. If the child has a temperature of 100 degrees or greater, the Nurse will re-assess temperature in 20 minutes for confirmation of temperature.
- If the nurse evaluates a child and the child’s temperature is 100 degrees or greater, the Parent will be notified and the child will be sent home.
- The child who has a temperature of 100 degrees, or greater, with or without co-existing symptoms, will not be allowed to be in back to school for 10 days, unless RN receives a note from child’s Physician for clearance to return, or a COVID -19 test was taken with a negative result.
Watch for symptoms
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.
When to Quarantine
Stay home if you might have been exposed to COVID-19
Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department.
Who needs to quarantine?
- People who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19—excluding people who have had COVID-19 within the past 3 months.
- People who have tested positive for COVID-19 do not need to quarantine or get tested again for up to 3 months as long as they do not develop symptoms again. People who develop symptoms again within 3 months of their first bout of COVID-19 may need to be tested again if there is no other cause identified for their symptoms.
What counts as close contact?
- You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more
- You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
- You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
- You shared eating or drinking utensils
- They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you
Steps to take:
- Stay home and monitor your health
- Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19
- Watch for fever (100.4?F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19
- If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19
When to start and end quarantine:
- You should stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
- For all of the following scenarios, even if you test negative for COVID-19 or feel healthy, you should stay home (quarantine) since symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.
Isolate If You Are Sick
Separate yourself from others if you have COVID-19
Isolation is used to separate people infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, from people who are not infected.
People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. In the home, anyone sick or infected should separate themselves from others by staying in a specific “sick room” or area and using a separate bathroom (if available).
Who needs to isolate?
- People who have COVID-19
- People who have symptoms of COVID-19 and are able to recover at home
- People who have no symptoms (are asymptomatic) but have tested positive for infection with SARS-CoV-2
Steps to take:
- Stay home except to get medical care
- Monitor your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately
- Stay in a separate room from other household members if possible
- Use a separate bathroom if possible
- Avoid contact with other members of the household and pets
- Don’t share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils
- Wear a mask when around other people if you are able to
- Learn more about what to do if you are sick.
When you can be around others after you had or likely had COVID-19?
When you can be around others (end home isolation) depends on different factors for different situations. (Find CDC’s recommendations for your situation below)
I think or know I had COVID-19, and I had symptoms.
You can be with others after:
- At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
- At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication and
- Symptoms have improved
If you had severe illness from COVID-19 (you were admitted to a hospital and needed oxygen), your healthcare provider may recommend that you stay in isolation for longer than 10 days after your symptoms first appeared (possibly up to 20 days) and you may need to finish your period of isolation at home. If testing is available in your community, your healthcare provider may recommend that you undergo repeat testing for COVID-19 to end your isolation earlier than would be done according to the criteria above.
If so, you can be around others after you receive two negative tests results in a row, from tests done at least 24 hours apart.
I tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms.
If you continue to have no symptoms, you can be with others after 10 days have passed since the date you had your positive test. If testing is available in your community, your health care provider may recommend that you undergo repeat testing for COVID-19 to end your isolation earlier than would be done according to the criteria above. If so, you can be around others after you receive two negative test results in a row, from tests done at least 24 hours apart.
(If you develop symptoms after testing positive, follow the guidance above for "I think or know I had COVID, and I had symptoms.")
I had COVID-19 or I tested positive for COVID-19 and I have a weakened immune system
If you have a weakened immune system (immunocompromised) due to a health condition or medication, you might need to stay home and isolate longer than 10 days. Talk to your healthcare provider for more information. If testing is available in your community, your healthcare provider may recommend you undergo repeat testing for COVID-19. If your healthcare provider recommends testing, you can be with others after you receive two negative test results in a row, at least 24 hours apart.
Your doctor may work with an infectious disease expert at your local health department to determine when you can be around others.
Content source: National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), Division of Viral Diseases
Other district health information
MEDICAL FORMS AND VACCINE INFO
- State-mandated vaccines for school entry in Ohio
- Download OH Medical Forms
- Grade 7 Vaccine requirements: One (1) dose of Tdap vaccine and One (1) dose of Meningococcal vaccine. (REFER TO THE SCHOOL MANDATED VACCINE GRADE 7 FORM ABOVE(
- Grade 12 Vaccine Requirements: One (1) dose of Meningococcal vaccine (REFER TO THE SCHOOL MANDATED VACCINE, GRADE 12 FORM ABOVE)
(NOTE: All vaccinations required for school entry in the state of Ohio are monitored and tracked by the health professionals. Questions? Please call the health office. )
- Refer to Diabetes Youth Services for additional information. Navigate the DYS website for additional education and downloadable forms to be used in the school setting (Diabetes Youth ServiceS website)
- Please advise nurse prior to start of school year on any food allergy
- Plan a meeting with nurse to discuss allergies
- Have a medication administration form provided to nurse prior to school entry
- Provide nurse with Epinephrine Pen or other life-saving medication required for child while in school
- Additional resource: Living with food allergies
- Due to recent CoVid-19 guidelines, the Nurse will not be allowed to administer nebulizer treatments in school, please call the Nurse if this is applicable to your child
- The Nurse requests a space chamber for inhaler usage while at school
- Download medication administration form and provide the Nurse with form and medication
- If child needs to carry inhaler while in school, download medication form to carry medication
- Additional resource: Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America
- Your child must be fever-free for 24 hours before being allowed to return to school, without any administration of fever reducing medication
- Additional resource:
- Provide Nurse with emergency action plan written by Physician office
- Provide Nurse with emergency anti-seizure medication
- Plan to meet with Intervention Specialist Director and Nurse to discuss seizure treatment plan at school
- Additional resource: Types of seizures