WELLNESS MONITORING AND ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS FOR CHAMBERS COUNTY SCHOOL STUDENTS
By David. L. Bell , Director of Public Relations, Chambers County School District
LAFAYETTE – As the Chambers County School District continues its plans to resume operations on August 12, 2020, guidelines have been established for the daily monitoring of students’ health, and measures to be taken for any child showing symptoms of illness.
“Parents will be required to screen their children every morning for symptoms of COVID-19, which may include fever, cough, congestion, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, chills or gastrointestinal issues,” said Chambers County School Superintendent Dr. Kelli Hodge. “Students must be kept at home if they display these symptoms or have a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher.”
In addition, parents should promptly notify the school nurse if their child is staying home due to COVID-19. The nurse will coordinate the excuse of such absences, which will not impact truancy.
Furthermore, any student who presents symptoms during the school day will be quarantined and must be picked up from school as soon as possible. In the case of a positive COVID-19 test of a student or staff member, school officials will follow guidance from the Alabama Department of Public Health regarding contact tracing, notification, disinfecting buildings, and potential school closures.
“In conjunction with state health officials, the Alabama State Department of Education, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we’ve tried to establish plans of action for ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff,” said Dr. Hodge. “Should current data change moving forward, we will adjust our responses accordingly.”
Dr, Hodge will present the school district’s reopening plan in its entirety during the next regular Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, beginning at 4 p.m. CDT. The meeting will be streamed live on the district’s Facebook page.