Conducting regular screenings for symptoms and ongoing self-monitoring throughout the school day can help reduce exposure to COVID-19. Students and employees who are sick or not feeling well must stay home. Students are required to have a health screening at home, before riding school transportation, and when arriving to school. If a student begins to not feel well while on campus, shows signs of illness, or becomes sick during the day, they must immediately tell an employee. A parent or guardian will be expected to promptly pick them up from school.
Home Health Screening Requirement
All students should have their temperature taken every day at home before coming to school. Students must stay home if:
- They have tested positive for COVID-19 and have not met the criteria for returning to school;
- They have recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19 and have not met the criteria for returning to school;
- They have a temperature of 100.4°F or higher.
In addition, students must be free of any symptoms potentially related to COVID-19 to be on a school campus. At this time, these symptoms include one or more of the following:
- Fever or chills
- New cough (unrelated to allergies)
- New shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- New loss of taste or smell
School Bus Health Screening Requirement
Through a one-time health screening attestation form, parents/guardians commit to screening their students at home every day before they go to the bus stop or board a school bus. Parents/guardians attest that they will not send their student to school if they have been diagnosed with COVID-19, have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19, are experiencing a symptom of COVID-19, or are running a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher.
Submit the one-time form online, or download a PDF of the form, at www.wcpss.net/busform.
All students riding a bus or vendor transportation must wear a face covering unless they have an approved accommodation for medical reasons. (See Cloth Face Coverings section below.)
After arriving at school, all bus riders will be asked the symptom screening checklist questions and have their temperature taken at school, before being allowed to enter the building.
Campus Health Screening Requirement
When arriving at school, all students will be instructed to use designated entrances to undergo a health screening. The health screening process contains two parts, a symptom-screening checklist and an on-site temperature check using a touchless thermometer.
Individuals dropping off a student at school should not leave until the student has passed the health screening process.
Students who are feeling unwell or have a temperature of 100.4°F or higher will be escorted to the school’s Care Center. Employees will contact students’ parents/guardians to immediately pick them up from school.
Students Who Leave and Return to Campus During the School Day
If students plan to leave campus for any reason and return later in the school day, they should get a dated health screening pass before leaving the building so they will not have to go through the health screening again when they return to school. Anyone with a dated health screening pass will not need additional screening before re-entering a WCPSS facility on that day.