Daily health screenings can help reduce the risk of 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.
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
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- New loss of taste or smell
School Bus Health Screening Requirement
Families should print, complete, and sign an Attestation Form daily for every student who rides the bus. Health officials advise that screening children at home and completing the form every day should reduce students’ risk of exposure to illness while riding the bus. Every student must show the bus driver their completed daily attestation form upon entering the bus.
If students do not have the completed and signed daily Attestation Form, they will be asked symptom screening questions before they board the bus.
A responsible adult or older sibling is required to wait with elementary-age children at the bus stop to help the child return home should they not be able to board the bus.
For all students riding express buses, a parent, guardian or responsible person must wait with the student until they pass the health screening and are allowed to board the bus.
All students riding a bus or vendor transportation must wear a face covering unless they cannot tolerate a face covering due to developmental, medical, or behavioral health needs or due to a sincerely held religious belief. If a student cannot wear a face covering, they will be required to complete a form to notify transportation services. Students who do not wear a face covering on a bus must remain socially distanced six feet from other people on the bus, which will reduce the bus capacity and require adjustments to bus routes.
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 held in a health waiting area. 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 needed, students and employees may present a dated health screening pass to verify they have successfully passed through the full health screening process, including the symptom screening and temperature check. Anyone with a dated health screening pass will not need additional screening before re-entering a WCPSS facility on that day.
If a student plans to leave campus for any reason and return later in the school day, he or she should get a dated health screening pass before leaving the building so they will not have to go through the health screening again upon his or her return to school.