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Guidance for COVID-19 Outbreak response protocols in PK-12

Click here for updated LINK to the "PLAYBOOK" (pending update from RIDOH in regards to quarantine and testing)

Quarantine Changes:

After reviewing the most recent guidance from the Rhode Island Department of Health, the BPS re-entry committee determined that we would adhere to the 14-day quarantine guidance we previously followed if you opt not to test. 

You may opt to test on Day 8 or Day 9 and return with a negative PCR after completing day 10 of quarantine, but no sooner. A test earlier than Day 8 will not be accepted for re-entry. Monitoring for symptoms of illness still continues through day 14 and if any symptoms develop, testing is needed and quarantine according to testing guidelines below.
 

This change may take effect on January 4, 2021. We reserve the right to change this decision if the positive rates increase in January.

Travel Quarantine

Travel to a red state or out of the country continues to require a 14 day quarantine period. The District does not accept a negative test in lieu of testing due to the gestation period for COVID. If you are traveling, and have not notified your building principal, please do so as soon as possible. The list of states may be found here.


CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) Testing Information for Schools                    

Specific Guidance on Testing and Quarantine can be found on this RIDOH WEBSITE LINK

Dear Families,

The RIDOH has developed a COVID-19 Testing Program specifically to provide testing services for Rhode Island PreK-12 public and private school students, faculty and staff which began Monday, September 14, 2020.

The service line is only for PreK-12 students, faculty and staff who have symptoms, have been identified as a close contact of a positive case, or are a classmate of a positive case. Services are available in multiple languages.

HERE is the list of testing sites for PreK-12 Rhode Island students, faculty and staff.

Anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms will get two tests. The first test is a rapid test. The results of this test will be available before the end of the day. The second test is called a PCR test. This test result will be available in 2 days (48 hours).

Individuals tested must remain quarantined until both test results are available and confirmed negative prior to returning to school.  Household contacts must also quarantine during this time and cannot attend school. 

TO SCHEDULE A TEST, CALL THE PREK-12 COVID-19 TEST SCHEDULING SERVICE AT 844-857-1814, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK FROM 7:30AM - 9:30PM. 

If your child becomes ill it is important you reach out to the school nurse to report specific symptoms, and notify if being tested for COVID-19. If this occurs outside of school hours, or over the weekend, please email the school nurse at the above email address on this page.  Communication is important as we are working with the RIDOH to ensure contact tracing if there is a positive case in the district. 

In keeping with outbreak response protocols set by the state of Rhode Island, please follow the instructions provided in the summary below.  Speak with the school nurse if you have any questions.

You must complete the AFTER- ILLNESS Return ATTESTATION FORM for the school nurse when your child is ready to come back to school.

(COVID-19) Prevention 

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is a valid resource for information on Coronavirus 2019.  

Please click on this LINK for ways to keep your family healthy and safe.

RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES


Helping Children Cope with Changes resulting from COVID-19
HANDWASHING AND HAND SANITIZER FACTSHEET 


FROM THE NURSE: Prevent Eye Strain    

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As your child(ren) starts distance learning this week, they will probably be spending many extra screen time hours per day (and per week). I am sure the adults reading this will be working more on devices as well. This can put considerable strain on the eyes. If you or your child has complaints that their eyes feel dry, tired, or vision is blurry by the end of the day this can be signs of eye strain. In addition head, neck, or shoulder aches, can develop with extra time sitting working using digital devices.

Here are a few tips and changes you can make as you get started to help prevent these issues. Of course, limiting your child’s usual recreational tech time beyond distance learning time may also be helpful. Below is some information on eye strain and how to prevent it from WebMD.

Why Do Screens Cause Eye Strain?

Normally, we blink about 15-20 times a minute. That spreads tears evenly over your eyes, which keeps them from getting dry and irritated. But researchers have found that people blink less than half as often when they’re reading, watching, or playing on a screen. Also, the contrast of text against the background, the glare, and flickering from digital screens can be hard on your eyes.

Prevent Digital Eye Strain

No, you don’t have to cut out all screen time. But a few changes to how you use your devices can be easier on your eyes.

  • Make sure your computer screen is about 25 inches, or an arm's length, away from your face. The center of the screen should be about 10-15 degrees below eye level.
  • Cut glare by using a matte screen filter. You can find them for all types of computers, phones, and tablets.
  • Follow the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look at an object at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.
  • Take a longer break of about 15 minutes after every 2 hours you spend on your devices.
  • Use artificial tears to refresh your eyes when they feel dry.
  • Try putting a humidifier in the room where you most often use a computer or other device.
  • Make sure the lighting in the room you’re in is bright enough. You don’t want your device to be brighter than the surroundings.
  • If you wear contact lenses, give your eyes a break by wearing your glasses.
  • Get regular eye exams. You might need to use a different pair of glasses when you’re working on a computer (this one may be difficult at this point in time).

Adjust Your Devices

You can also make sure your devices are set for eye health.

  • Raise the contrast on your screen.
  • Make text larger.
  • Change the brightness of the screen. It shouldn’t be lighter or darker than your surroundings.
  • Lower the color temperature of your screen. That means it will give off less blue light, which is linked to more eyestrain.
Handwashing and Healthy Habits

Handwashing lessons and "Cover Your Cough" that included sneezing and coughing into the elbow were taught to decrease spreading germs on our hands. A video was demonstrated to show students the steps to hand washing.

Sowams Students continue to be reminded about ways to stay healthy. These include eating healthy foods from all food groups, and limiting sugary foods and drinks, drinking plenty of water, getting "60 minutes of Play a Day" and getting plenty of sleep (9-12 hours a night is recommended for a school age child 6-12 according to the American Academy of Pediatrics).