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Information for the New School Year
Steven M. Bloom
Thursday, August 13, 2020

Help Us Have a Great New School Year!

We ask for your help in keeping everyone safe and healthy for a productive 2020-2021 new school year in the Goodman-Armstrong Creek School District.

For those families choosing to send their child(ren) to school in person we ask that you complete the following steps of the student screening below prior to sending your child to school or any school activities or athletic events.  If your child will be riding the bus please conduct the screening prior to bus pick-up each morning.

School Day Student Screening Protocol

Before leaving for school, please make sure of the following screening.  The following symptoms may indicate a possible illness that could decrease your child’s ability to learn and put them at risk of spreading illness to others. 

1. Symptoms (Check if “YES” to symptom present)

☐ Temperature 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by mouth

☐ Sore throat

☐ New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (for students with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline)

☐ Diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, or abdominal pain

☐ New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever

If the answer is YES to any of the symptom questions please keep your child(ren) home from school.  Use the attendance calling protocol to report the absence to our school district.  Call 715-336-2575 to report the absence and indicate what symptoms your child has which prevents them from attending school.

2. Close Contact/Potential Exposure (Check if “Yes” as applicable) 

In the past 14 days has your child:

☐ Had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with a person with confirmed COVID-19: OR

☐ Had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with a person under quarantine for possible exposure to COVID-19; OR

☐ Had a travel history outside of the immediate area 

If the answer is YES to any symptoms question and YES to any close contact/potential exposure question, call the school as soon as possible to let them know the reason your child(ren) won’t be there today. Call your healthcare provider right away. 

If the answer is YES to any of the symptom questions, but NO to any close contact/potential exposure questions, your student may return based on the guidance for their symptoms as follows:

  • Fever: at least 24 hours have passed with no fever, without the use of fever-reducing medications

  • Sore throat: improvement (if strep throat: do not return until at least 2 doses of antibiotic have been taken);  

  • Cough/Shortness of breath: improvement 

  • Diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain: no diarrhea or vomiting for 24 hours

  • Severe headache: improvement/no lingering headache

DISCLAIMER: This screening tool is subject to change based on the latest information on COVID-19.  Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Screening K-12 Students for Symptoms of COVID-19: Limitations and Considerations.

When calling to report your child’s absence from school, please provide the following information by calling 715-336-2575.

1. Student Name 

2. Teacher /Grade Level

3. The reason your child is absent from school today. 

4. Please indicate whether your child has tested positive for COVID-19, has been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 or if your child has any of the following symptoms: 

  • Cough 

  • Diarrhea or vomiting 

  • Difficulty breathing 

  • Fever 

  • Headache 

  • Muscle pain 

  • Nausea/vomiting 

  • New loss of taste or smell 

  • Sore throat 

Daily School Arrival:

Elementary:  Arrival at 8:00 AM.  Students go to the playground for recess.  At 8:10 AM students enter the building. Students will have breakfast in their classrooms during morning meetings. If it is raining students will go directly to their classroom. 

High School: Arrival at 7:50 AM.  Students grab breakfast and/or go directly to their first hour class. At 8:00 AM first hour class begins.  

Face Covering Procedures:

Students will wear their face covering entering either school building. Students may remove their covering in their classroom while maintaining social distancing.  When working in a small group setting, students should be masked if closer than six feet apart.  Students will wear face coverings when in the hallway and restroom.  As a general rule, if students are leaving the classroom, they should have a face covering.

Students younger than five years of age are not required to wear a face covering, however they may.