Please take a moment to read the information in the Maine AAP document, Returning to School During the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Students are required to be screened daily for COVID-19 symptoms by a parent/caregiver. Please read the additional information provided.
If the student stays home because they have symptoms associated with COVID-19, the parent/caregiver should call the student’s primary care provider and follow their instructions.
If a student develops symptoms from the checklist while at school, they will be sent home. Their teacher will call the nurse’s office and the student will be sent to an “isolation room”, there they will be evaluated by the nurse and will wait in the isolation room until they are picked up. Isolation rooms have been established in EEMS and EHS, as suggested by the Maine CDC to prevent potential spread of COVID-19 illness.
An isolation room is simply a room in which a student who is ill may safely wait until their parent/caregiver arrives. Please note these rooms are not in the nurse’s office. The isolation rooms have their own exits or are located next to an exit through which the student may leave the building. This is to minimize the potential spread of illness. Isolation rooms are disinfected between use.
If the student stays home or is sent home because of symptoms from the COVID-19 checklist, parents should call the student’s primary care provider. The student should remain home for 10 days from the onset of symptoms OR until there is a negative COVID-19 test result OR until another diagnosis can be made to account for the symptoms.
Important: A medical note from the student’s primary care provider will need to be brought or faxed to the school showing the negative test result or alternate diagnosis prior to the student’s return.
Students are required to wear a mask/face covering that covers their nose and mouth while in the school building and on the school bus. Face shields may be an alternative for those students with documented medical or behavioral challenges who are unable to wear a mask or face covering.
The nurse’s office in both EEMS and EHS will be considered a “well space” and used for healthy students who do not exhibit signs and symptoms of illness (ex. administering first aid, scheduled medications etc.)
It is very important for your student and family to have a flu vaccine this year. Since COVID-19 and the flu are both respiratory illnesses, a combination can quickly make a child seriously ill. Contact your student’s primary care provider as soon as possible to schedule a flu vaccine.
If daily medications can be given at home, please do so.
Ellsworth School Department will continue to work with the Maine CDC and the Maine DOE school nurse consultant to have the most up-to-date information. Do not hesitate to call your student’s principal or school nurse if you have questions about this return to school guidance.