Health and Safety
Health practices such as hand washing, use of hand sanitizers, and cough/cold etiquette will be reinforced. Hand sanitizer stations will be placed throughout the building for maximum accessibility. Parents will be expected to screen their children prior to sending them to school each day, as outlined HERE. All CHS employees will also complete a daily self-screening prior to arrival on campus.
In order to monitor students’ health, parents must inform the school of the reason for their child’s absence or tardiness beyond 10 minutes. For the safety of our school community, it is vital that we are notified if your child is experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, particularly if they have had known contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19. The School Nurse will monitor communicable illness trends and report to the Director of Nursing, CHS Administration and/or the Trumbull Health Department if needed.
Staff will also monitor their health for any signs/symptoms of illness and communicate those symptoms to the School Nurse.
CHS will also be monitoring attendance through a phone extension for parents to call on any day when their student is absent. Parents will be required to provide information that communicates the health status of the child so that the School Nurse can continue to monitor the health of the school community. Please familiarize yourself with all communication regarding these procedures sent to you from the School Nurse prior to the start of the school year.
Illness Monitoring and Reporting
If a student or employee tests positive for COVID-19, they should contact the school nurse, Ms. Kari Watkins, at (203) 590-6003 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The nurse will follow the reporting guidelines of the Trumbull Health Department (THD) and communicate with the Head of School. In collaboration with the student’s or employee’s town health department, the Trumbull Health Department, and the Director of Nursing, the Head of School will communicate the school’s course of action to the necessary class, grade, or division of CHS families. The facilities staff will implement deep cleaning protocols in the affected classroom or space(s).
It is important that parents have a plan in place for prompt pick-up in the event that their child becomes ill during the day. If a child experiences symptoms which are consistent with COVID-19 or another contagious illness, the child will wait in a separate monitored space to prevent illness spread to other children. Depending on symptoms, parents may be advised to contact their child’s pediatrician for follow-up and/or COVID testing.
CHS will be following the CT Department of Public Health’s guidance for responding to COVID-19 scenarios found HERE as well as on the CT Department of Education website for the 2020-2021 school year.
Please make sure that your emergency contact information is updated in FACTS. It is imperative that there are several reliable emergency contacts listed.
Social distancing practices throughout campus (i.e. classrooms, public areas, office spaces, etc.) will be implemented.
Face Coverings (Masks)
Students will be required to provide their own face coverings (masks) and wear them throughout the school day. Masks should cover both the nose and mouth, and the masks should not have any logo or content that is inconsistent with the mission of the school. Students and teachers may be permitted to take mask breaks at various points during lessons, as deemed appropriate by teachers during activities when social distancing can still be in place. As a K-12 school comprised of many developmental levels, the timing and nature of those breaks will vary by grade level and activity. Teachers will also be permitted to teach portions of lessons without masks as long as they can maintain more than 6 feet from the class during that instructional time. Students will be expected to supply their own mask each day and are encouraged to pack a spare in the event that the mask is lost or damaged during the day.