Covid
  • Every Alhambra School Health Office will operate differently due to our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Parents should review the information below to learn how the School Health Office will care for students and to better understand their role as we partner to safeguard the health of our community.

    To learn more about the protocols in place to keep students and staff safe read the Healthy Teaching and Learning Protocols (HTL) here

     

     

Symptom Screening at Home

  • Children WITH COVID-19 symptoms, children who have tested positive for COVID-19, children in quarantine for school exposure or students with family/household members isolating for COVID-19 MUST stay home. 

    All children should be checked for COVID-19 symptoms at home daily before leaving for school (refer to the Symptom Screenings poster).  Children with COVID-19 symptoms - even MILD symptoms - should stay home.  Children who have been tested for COVID-19 and are waiting for results should be kept home.

    If your child has COVID-19 symptoms during your daily home symptom screen, it is VERY IMPORTANT that you keep your child home and call their school to report the reason for their absence. Please leave a voicemail on your school’s attendance line or call the office or school nurse directly. You will receive a return call to discuss information on testing resources and return to school requirements. AESD is following Maricopa County Department of Public Health isolation guidelines; see here. Unless your child has a documented health condition that is causing the symptoms, your child will need to isolate for 10 days or receive a negative COVID-19 test to return to school (in addition to being symptom-free). At home rapid antigen tests are not accepted for release from isolation. Please review Embry’s testing sites and times in AESD.

Symptom Screenings at School

  • All students will be screened at school daily before entering classrooms. Students complaining of any of the COVID-19 symptoms will be sent to the isolation room, and parents/guardians will be contacted to pick up their child. 

    Research shows that children often have mild illness when sick with COVID-19. Because of this, any complaint, even minor, will result in the student being sent home for the day. The student will be able to return to school when cleared by the school nurse.  Nurses will be following the release from isolation guidance from Maricopa County Department of Public Health and Arizona Department of Health Services. 

    Parents who receive a call from school that their child needs to be picked up due to illness are expected to arrive within 1 hour. If parents expect they may be unavailable, they must have someone else available to pick up their child. Updated emergency contact lists are required. It would be wise to include adults who are at low risk for COVID-19 complications on all emergency contact lists. 

    The school health office is an area of higher risk for a COVID-19 exposure.  Schools will be establishing an isolation room to reduce exposure risk for healthy students.  The need to separate healthy students from students who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms has caused us to adjust a few of our normal practices.  Please see the section below for more information.

  • Alhambra Elementary School District is following Maricopa County Department of Public Health quarantine guidance; see here. Schools use seating charts and attendance data to determine which students may have been exposed. Students who are in close contact to someone who is infectious with COVID-19 will be asked to quarantine* at home.

    *AESD asks parents to monitor students for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days after the last exposure, keep students home if symptoms develop, and notify the school health team for guidance on testing and return to school.

    If your child is fully vaccinated or has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days, he/she will not have to quarantine. Please communicate this with your school’s health office. Please monitor your child for symptoms, keep them home if symptoms develop, and notify the school. In this case, your child would start isolation. Your school health staff will guide you.

    If you do NOT test your child out of quarantine early, they will stay home for 10 days following their last known exposure. Students returning to school must be symptom-free on the date of their return.

     Testing - Early Return

    Quarantine will end after 7 full days from the last exposure if your child remains symptom-free AND you can provide a negative test result from a test administered at least 5 full days from the last date of known exposure.

     At home, rapid antigen tests are not accepted for early return from quarantine.  Parents must provide proof of the negative test on your student’s return on day 8 after exposure.

    If Your Child Develops Symptoms - If your child experiences any COVID-19-like symptoms (fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, sore throat, headache, muscle/body aches, runny nose or congestion, vomiting, diarrhea, and/or a new loss of taste or smell), Public Health advises getting your child tested for COVID-19 with a PCR or Rapid Antigen test.  Please refer to the attached flyer to test at one of our Alhambra testing sites. If your child develops symptoms during quarantine please contact your school health office.

    The school health office is an area of higher risk for a COVID-19 exposure.  Schools will be establishing an isolation room to reduce exposure risk for healthy students.  The need to separate healthy students from students who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms has caused us to adjust a few of our normal practices.  Please see the section below for more information.

     

Breathing Treatments (Small Volume Nebulizer Treatments) and Asthma

  • The Allergy and Asthma Network is currently directing schools to avoid nebulizer treatments as they can aerosolize the COVID-19 virus (put it in the air).   The Alhambra Elementary School District will not be providing nebulizing (SVN) treatments at school during the pandemic unless this guidance changes. Please contact your child’s doctor to discuss alternate treatment plans using metered-dose inhalers (MDIs).

Diabetes Treatment at School

  • School nurses will work with parents to develop a safe care plan for children with diabetes. The goal of this plan is to reduce the number of health office visits because this reduces the students risk of exposure.  Plans will NOT include having students eat lunch in the health office and will involve designating other school adults to assist in the care of children with diabetes. Parents may want to consider having their diabetic child eat breakfast and take their morning insulin at home to assist in reducing the number of health office visits needed. 

    Recognizing that the school health office is an area of higher risk for a COVID-19 exposure, the fewer visits by students to the health office lowers their risk of an exposure.

First Aid at School

  • School nurses will work with teachers and school staff to ensure that minor health issues are addressed and first aid is provided away from the health office to reduce as much potential student exposure to COVID-19 as possible. Staff will be trained to follow the “When to See the Nurse -- Guide for Teachers” document and will be provided the necessary supplies. The health office will always be available to support serious injuries, illnesses, or emergencies.

Prescription Medication at School

  • All morning doses of prescription medication must be administered at home.  There will be NO regularly scheduled early morning medications or procedures.

    The health offices will devote the morning hours to screening, assessing, and processing COVID-symptom students and will put healthy students, who only need medication, at risk. Only health emergencies or unexpected needs will be treated until mid-morning when students with COVID-19 symptoms have left campus.  Parents will be expected to administer morning medications at home.