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COVID-19 Clinic Staff Overview

  • Each school will be funded a school health assistant and or a trained district designee to oversee the clinic. They will be temperature-screened daily and must wear Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). The same applies to other employees.
  • Each clinic area is required to be equipped with the following:
    • Daily access to PPE, i.e., gloves, masks, face shields;
    • No-touch Infrared thermometer; and
    • Direct access to a sink.

  • Clinics will have two designated areas to serve students, with social distancing.  PPE must be used in both rooms:
  • Clinics will adhere to social distancing to the extent possible within the space available.
  • Clinic staff will utilize District Temperature Screening and observations to recommend the need for parent to pick up student.
    • If the initial temperature taken is over 100.4, clinic staff will direct the student to sit quietly for 3-5 minutes then recheck to confirm reading.

Before Entering School

  • There will be specialized training for all staff as it relates to safety and response measures for the COVID-19 threat. 
  • Summer school staff will oversee social distancing and routinely reinforce proper hygiene etiquette, which will be enhanced by instructive signage.
  • Students and staff will have their temperature screened using a no-touch infrared thermometer before entering school by a trained staff member designated by the principal.
  • Students with temperatures of 100.4 or above will be immediately escorted to the Clinic Sick Room and will be attended to as described in the “If Your Child is Sick” section below.
  • Parents and visitors will not be allowed to enter the school past the main office to limit exposure to students, staff and teachers.
  • District staff conducting business on school property shall follow all summer school health and safety standards before being allowed entry to the school.

COVID-19 Symptoms

  • COVID-19 signs and symptoms can include, but are but not limited to:
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of  taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea

Parent Notification “If your child is sick” and Response

  • If your child is sick or experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms, he/she must not be sent to school.
  • Please make sure Emergency Treatment Cards and parent notifications are current and up to date with phone number, address, and medical information.
  • If a child gets sick while attending school and cannot remain in class, parents will be notified and required to pick up the child.
  • If a child becomes ill at the end of the day, and is unable to return to class, he/she will not be placed on the bus and the parent will be required to immediately pick up their child after the final school bell to minimize possible contact with and exposure to other individuals.
  • If a child is sick, is not picked up, and his/her symptoms worsen, school administration will be notified and call 911 Emergency Medical System responders and/or notify the proper authorities, as necessary.
  • If a parent denies EMS transport at the recommendation of the school and EMS personnel, the parent must sign out the child and take him or her home. (The parent must be present at school to deny transport).
  • If a student is sent home because he/she is sick or has COVID-19-like symptoms, he/she can return to school if:
  • The student presents a current, signed, and dated physician’s release to return to school.
  • The student returns with a negative COVID-19 test result.

Parents Should:

  • Promote healthy and safe behaviors to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
  • Reinforce proper hygiene etiquette and social distancing techniques.
    • Parents may elect to supply their child with their own cloth masks, however. if a mask is needed the school will provide a disposable mask on a daily basis.
    • Regularly clean and sanitize all backpacks, devices, masks and school supplies.
  • Keep their child at home if he/she has a sore throat, chills, cough, shortness of breath or a fever of 100.4 or above, or if he/she has had direct contact with a person who contracted the COVID-19 virus, and promptly notify the school of your child’s absence.
  • Transport their child to and from school in a personal vehicle to limit the potential for exposure, if feasible.
  • Limit direct in-person interaction, with school staff, other students and teachers; please use printed notes, email, or voice messages to communicate with the school.

Custodial Care

  • All OCPS custodians are trained on effective methods for cleaning and disinfecting schools to help fight the spread of viruses and other harmful bacteria. Custodial Services, in accordance with the department’s standard operating procedures, uses an Environmental Protection Agency/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-approved disinfectant to clean schools.
  • If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 on campus, the school will notify the staff and students who have been in contact with the individual.
  • The school will follow the direction of the Orange County Florida Department of Health when a confirmed case is identified. Custodial staff will hand-spray, clean, disinfect and wipe down areas and surfaces to which the infected person may have come in contact.

Medically Fragile Students and Students with Significant Cognitive and/or Emotional Disabilities

  • Teachers, staff, behavioral support, and crisis management teams will have access to PPE, including gloves, masks, face shields and gowns, as necessary.
  • PPE must be worn by students and staff when social distancing is not feasible.
  • If physical prompting or restraint of a student is necessary, PPE must be worn.
  • If a student has a medical plan, it will be followed according to the child’s individualized needs.