Health Services Update for 2020-2021 - BCSD Nurses

Health Services Update for 2020-2021 - BCSD Nurses

Aug 18, 2020

Dear Bettendorf Community School Families,

As you know, the 2020-2021 school year will be different than previous school years and we will be redefining what a “normal” school day looks like. Returning to school in the fall of 2020 poses many new challenges for Bettendorf Community School, including implementing mitigation measures (e.g., social distancing, requiring the use of cloth masks, social distancing, increased cleaning and disinfection regimens, increased education on health hygiene, practices, etc.), addressing social, emotional, and mental health needs of both students and staff, preparing for the probability of COVID-19 cases in the school community, just to name a few. As always, our main goal is to protect the health, safety, and wellbeing of our students and staff as we prepare to educate students this fall. As said many times, this is a fluid and flexible situation that can change at any point. We will continue to take direction from the CDC, Iowa Department of Public Health, Iowa Department of Education and the Scott County Health Department.

Bettendorf Community School will be adding an addendum to our 2020-2021 Student Handbook related to our new COVID-19 guidelines/procedures. This will be coming out in the next couple weeks.

Below are a few changes I wanted to make you aware of from the health office:

  1. Medications should be given at home whenever possible, especially once a day medications. Please refer to BCSD Medication Administration Policy. Medications will need to be brought to the school by a parent/guardian or student if the parent/guardian has made that arrangement. In order to maintain social distancing please make an appointment with the nurse for medication drop off.
  2. Nebulizer treatments are considered an aerosol-generating procedure, and no nebulizer treatments will be given during the school day. Inhalers may be used at school and will be required to have a spacer. Students in the secondary buildings are not required to use a spacer.
  3. There are currently no exemptions (other than religious and medical) for required immunizations. These need to be done before the first day of school.
  4. All state required screenings are still in effect.
  5. Students who are ill should not attend school in person. Monitor your student each morning for signs of illness using our BCSD Daily Home Screening for Students and use the CDC What to do if you are sick to make your judgment in sending your student to school.
  6. To ensure the health and safety of our staff and students, our secretaries will be asking a few questions about your student’s illness when you call to report them absent in the morning. We are asking if you leave a message about your students illness, to please leave 2 accurate symptoms and report covid specific symptoms if applicable.
  7. Per CDC and Public Health guidelines, any student who exhibits Covid-like signs/symptoms will be immediately placed in an isolation room. Due to the wide range of signs and symptoms of Covid-19, and for the safety of all, many students will be sent home. Students that are ill can return after following school policy and/or have met guidelines recommended by Public Health. Students that are ill will be encouraged to talk with their primary care provider for medical advice or 211 (Hot line for the Iowa Department of Public Health) if you do not have a primary care provider.
  8. We will not be accepting clothing donations at the school building. If your student is prone to accidents they can bring a change of clothes that are kept in their backpack. Also, please make sure you have proper clothing/coats for outside because we will not have spare clothing at the school buildings this year. Please contact your school nurse or outreach worker if you need assistance.
  9. Bettendorf Community Schools will follow guidelines from the CDC and Scott County Health Department regarding students who have possible or confirmed Covid-19 or possible Covid-19 exposure or is a close contact to a positive Covid-19 case while maintaining confidentiality.
  10. Upon returning to school after Covid-19, you and your student will need to check in with the school nurse in your students building prior to re-entry to ensure that Scott County Health Department guidelines have been met.
  11. Please have several emergency contacts on file for your student and have an emergency contact who is able to pick up your student within 1 hour if you are unable to. Please update your contacts to keep current.
  12. If your student has any increased health risk factors or is considered immunocompromised please contact your school nurse before school starts to discuss and review your student’s medical condition. It is important to discuss your student’s medical concerns with their primary care provider before starting school.

Please feel free to contact your school nurse if you have any questions. As stated, this is a fluid situation and expectations, guidelines, requirements, etc. can change from day to day. Please remember that we will continue to keep your student as safe as we possibly can, but there is no scenario where we can guarantee 100% that your student will not get ill. We ask that you talk to your student about precautions they can take at school to help keep them healthy, e.g. washing and sanitizing their hands, wearing a cloth face covering, socially distancing themselves from others, etc. (I have attached some information for you to use with your student). Children model what they see and you are their biggest role model!

Your Bettendorf Community School Nurses:

Nursing Services Coordinator for BCSD
Bettendorf High School (563) 332-7001 EXT 6022

BHS Program Nurse

Bettendorf Middle School (563) 359-3686

Grant Wood Elementary
(563) 359-8277

Herbert Hoover Elementary
(563) 332-8636

Mark Twain Elementary
(563) 359-8263

Neil Armstrong Elementary
(563) 359-8275

Paul Norton Elementary
(563) 332-8936

These are all hyperlinks. Click on each link below.

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