Health and Safety Reminders – COVID-19 - Pitman Public Schools

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    Health and Safety Reminders – COVID-19 - Pitman Public Schools

    Students, staff, and families are reminded to take a moment each day to monitor how they are feeling before deciding to come to work or school.  Here are some things for you to consider:

    ·       Have I been in close contact with anyone who has recently tested positive for COVID-19 or has exhibited COVID-like symptoms?  Does a member of my household have symptoms, tested positive, or is awaiting a COVID test result?

    ·       Do I have ANY TWO of the following symptoms:

    o   Fever or Chills

    o   Fatigue

    o   Muscle or body aches

    o   Headache

    o   Diarrhea

    o   Congestion or Runny Nose (NOT attributed to a pre-existing condition)

    o   Sore throat

    o   Nausea or vomiting

    ·       OR, Do I have ANY of the following symptoms:

    o   Cough (NOT attributed to a pre-existing condition)

    o   Shortness of Breath

    o   Difficulty Breathing

    o   New Loss of Taste or Smell

    If the answer to any of these is YES, please stay home from school or work, and contact the school nurse to discuss next steps.  It is critical to share this information to assist us in contacting potential close contacts in the event that you become positive for the coronavirus.

    Key Information Re: Quarantines

    ·       Vaccinated close contacts do not have to quarantine, unless/until they become symptomatic or test positive for COVID-19.  However, they should inform the school nurse of their status, and should be tested 3-5 days post exposure to an infected person.

    ·       Unvaccinated district staff must follow quarantine rules if identified as a close contact of an infected individual.  Discuss details with the school nurse or principal.

    ·       Families of unvaccinated students – if identified as a close contact to an infected person at school, contact the school nurse to determine if you would be required to quarantine and for how long.  Close contacts within the household may require extended quarantine periods.

    ·       Regardless of vaccination status, all close contacts should monitor their symptoms and get tested 3-5 days after exposure to the infected/symptomatic person.

    Vaccination against COVID-19

    If you/your child is eligible, the CDC recommends vaccination as your best protection from COVID-19.  Vaccines are widely available at no cost at local pharmacies and other locations.