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Student Absence Reporting and Notification of Confirmed/Probable Case of COVID
Steven M. Bloom
Wednesday, August 26, 2020

We ask for your help in keeping our school learning environments as safe and healthy as possible.  As a result, we ask that you follow the steps below for student absence reporting daily.

Student Absence Reporting 

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

Please provide the following information when notifying the district of your child’s absence. 

1. Student name 

2. Teacher/Grade Level 

3. The reason they are missing 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 

• New loss of taste or smell 

• Sore throat 

The district will notify the families of students and all teachers and staff whenever a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 is identified in the school.  This communication will be in the form of a letter physically sent home or electronically available.  The letter will not include the name or identity of the person(s) who is ill.  Confidentiality is required by the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

School Day Student Screening Protocol

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.

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.