Please be proactive with self-screening your students every morning before deciding to come to school.
Please keep your students home and call the nurse at GCS if you are experiencing Covid-like symptoms or have been notified as a close contact of a covid positive person. Students with cough, shortness of breath, or fever greater than 100.4 degrees F. should stay home and rest. Students must be fever free without medication for at least 24 hours before returning to the classroom. If your student or anyone in your household is awaiting a covid test result, do not send your student to school before talking with the GCS Nurse.
Communicating with the GCS nurse is vital to keeping our school community healthy. The nurse can answer questions and give instructions to individuals specific to each person’s situation.
The beginning guidance for Covid positive persons is 10 days isolation. The beginning guidance for Close contacts of positive persons is 10 days quarantine or 7 days quarantine WITH a negative Covid test result completed 5 days after the close contact. A Close contact is 15 minutes or more within 6 feet face to face without a face mask. Many factors are considered and can shorten or lengthen these times. That is why we ask you to speak with the GCS Nurse.
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We are layering many prevention and mitigation strategies here including but not limited to:
- Handwashing is an important skill to teach our students and families for preventing any illness.
- Respiratory Etiquette is important to learn and we teach our students this.
- Hepa Filtration Devices were installed to increase ventilation and air filtration of common high traffic areas.
- Increased cleaning and disinfecting of common touch areas throughout the building.
- The health clinic is monitoring absenteeism and analyzing a lot of data to help keep our school safe and healthy. We are also monitoring for trends and/or common symptoms among cohorts.
- We naturally have small class sizes and this continues to help with physical distancing.
- We will be continuing our block scheduling reducing the number of interactions and passing of students in the halls.
- We will continue with our drop off in the mornings to avoid large gatherings of students before the classrooms are ready to receive them.
- Education on vaccinations and advocating personal choice for one’s family/medical conditions.
- Education on proper and correct mask usage as well as mask hygiene for those who choose to wear them (children especially need to understand the proper use/care of masks).
- Daily/weekly monitoring and as needed adjustment of policies/procedures related to local, state, and federal mandates/recommendations regarding current health status of the community. We are constantly reviewing data from many sources to make the best data-driven/evidence-based plan of action for our GCS family.
- Data collection for review and analysis of our current processes.
- We have a full time registered nurse to answer questions and give instructions to individuals specific to their situation.
- We are praying daily for your GCS family and students.
Families are asked to be proactive with self screening every day before deciding to come to school.
- Handwashing is an important skill to teach our students and families for preventing any illness (20 seconds or more with soap and warm water before eating, after toileting, after coughing or blowing your nose).
- Hand sanitizer – carry one personally for when hand washing is not available.
- Please teach and reinforce healthy respiratory etiquette habits. This is important for all family members.
- Encouraging personal responsibility for your health.
- Educating and encouraging healthy choices for eating and staying hydrated with plenty of water.
- Encouraging all to find an exercise program and/or physical activity that you love.
- Advising to get plenty of sunshine and think about Vitamin D supplements in the winter.
- Always talk with your healthcare provider to see what is best for you and your family.
- Sleep – Get at least 8 hours of sleep.
- Eating – Eat Breakfast everyday.
- Foods – Healthy fruits/vegetables as well as proteins everyday.
- Water – Hydrate well with 8 glasses of 8 oz. of water daily.
- Teeth care – Brush, Floss, & mouthwash at least 2 times a day.
- Educate your students on proper and correct mask usage as well as mask hygiene if you choose to wear them (children especially need to understand the proper use/care of masks).
- Please consider daily prayers for all GCS families, students, and staff.