Maintaining a Healthy School Environment

  • Educating students is the District’s priority and ensuring their health and safety is also of prominent importance. The District’s health and safety protocols assist in keeping students healthy while at school. Unfortunately, we know that despite everyone’s best efforts students and staff may become ill while at school or while participating in a school activity or event. The District has developed procedures for at school, as well as for families to use at home, to help keep all in the school community healthy and to provide support for individuals when they feel ill. As part of the District RTL plan, we are asking that students and staff participate in a daily health screener before coming to campus. This is a crucial first step in keeping everyone in the school community healthy and safe. Staff and students should evaluate their health symptoms daily, and the District has developed the following flowchart to assist with this daily routine. Please note, this chart is specific to COVID-19. If you ever don’t feel well, please don’t come to school but if you are experiencing the symptoms on this chart, it could be an indication of a higher possibility of COVID-19. If you have or think you might have COVID-19, it is important to stay home and away from other people. Staying away from others helps stop the spread of COVID-19. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately. Information on the District’s standard health protocols can be found at www.IowaCitySchools.org/HealthProtocols. Again, if you don’t feel well or are exhibiting symptoms found in our regular protocols please stay home. Use this chart as it relates specifically to symptoms of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Guidelines

  • If you have any of the following COVID-19 symptoms:

    • New Cough
    • Shortness of breath
    • Difficulty breathing
    • New loss of taste or smells
    • Fever/Chills of 100.4 or higher
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • New Headache
    • Muscle/Body Aches
    • New Fatigue
    • Sore Throat
    • New Runny Nose
    • New Congestion
    • Nausea
    • Feeling otherwise unwell

    -OR-

    You have been in “close contact” with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Close Contact is defined as being within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

    THEN:

    • Notify your school of your absence and the symptoms or exposure to COVID-19 you have experienced.
    • Contact your health care provider to determine if you should be tested for COVID-19 based on your symptoms.
    • Follow the return to School guidelines to determine the appropriate return to school date.