The Sheboygan Area School District nurse department has provided parents with a host of guidance and information for their kids this school year.
Complete the daily symptom screening before sending your child to school. Nurses say to review this screening daily with your student(s). The screening form is available on the district website COVID-19 page. The symptoms are: chills or shivering, cough, headache, muscle or body aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, new loss of taste or smell, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, sore throat, temperature of 100.4°F or above, recent close contact with someone who has COVID-19, or if your child was recently diagnosed with COVID-19. If a “yes” is indicated for any of these, you need to keep your child home.
Call the school’s attendance line and leave a detailed message if you identify symptoms during this screening and keep your child home. If you have any questions on whether your student should come to school, the best decision would be to keep them home and discuss your concerns with your child’s medical provider.
Call your child’s medical provider for next steps. If you do not have a doctor, many clinics in Wisconsin provide services for people with little or no insurance, including the local Federally Qualified Health Center, Lakeshore Community Health Care.
• Be prepared to pick up your child in case your child becomes ill at school. Keep your contact information current at school so the school can reach you as soon as possible. Identify who would be able to help pick up your child if you are not available during the school day and make sure to have this emergency contact’s information updated with the office staff.
• Work together on safety measures to reduce their risk. When parents and caregivers model safety measures it not only is helping your child see how to properly do these things, it also reduces everyone’s risk.
• Who is most at risk? According to the CDC, people of any age with certain underlying medical conditions carry an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Call your child’s healthcare provider if you have concerns or questions on whether your child carries increased risk. Contact your child’s school nurse if there are concerns that you may have or if your child’s provider has recommendations.