Happy New Year 2021 to All!
CLICK HERE FOR UPDATED LINK TO THE "PLAYBOOK"(PENDING UPDATE FROM RIDOH IN REGARDS TO QUARANTINE AND TESTING)
After reviewing the most recent guidance from the Rhode Island Department of Health, the BPS re-entry committee determined that we would adhere to the 14-day quarantine guidance we previously followed if you opt not to test.
You may opt to test on Day 8 or Day 9 and return with a negative PCR after completing day 10 of quarantine, but no sooner. A test earlier than Day 8 will not be accepted for re-entry. Monitoring for symptoms of illness still continues through day 14 and if any symptoms develop, testing is needed and quarantine according to testing guidelines below.
This change may take effect on January 4, 2021. We reserve the right to change this decision if the positive rates increase in January.
Travel to a red state or out of the country continues to require a 14 day quarantine period. The District does not accept a negative test in lieu of testing due to the gestation period for COVID. If you are traveling, and have not notified your building principal, please do so as soon as possible. The list of states may be found here.
See link below for guidance:
Guidance for COVID-10 Outbreak Response Protocols in PreK-12
click here for link PreK-12 Play Book
Is it Allergies or COVID?
Is it allergies or COVID? Seasonal allergies and other chronic illnesses, such as asthma, can present diagnostic challenges for providers. COVID-19 and seasonal allergies share many symptoms, but there are some key differences between the two. For example, COVID-19 can cause fever, which is not a common symptom of seasonal allergies. Because some of the symptoms of COVID-19 and seasonal allergies are similar, it may be difficult to tell the difference between them. The best approach is to test to rule out COVID-19 when symptoms [health.us2.list-manage.com] start. If the test is negative and the symptom pattern is consistent with the patient’s chronic medical condition, the student can return to school when they have been fever-free for 24 hours and feeling well enough to participate. Additional testing is useful if symptoms worsen or a new COVID-19 symptom appears. Good management of chronic illness such as asthma and allergic rhinitis is especially important throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) TESTING INFORMATION FOR SCHOOLS
SPECIFIC GUIDANCE ON TESTING AND QUARANTINE CAN BE FOUND ON THIS RIDOH WEBSITE LINK
The RIDOH has developed a COVID-19 Testing Program specifically to provide testing services for Rhode Island PreK-12 public and private school students, faculty and staff which began Monday, September 14, 2020.
The service line is only for PreK-12 students, faculty and staff who have symptoms, have been identified as a close contact of a positive case, or are a classmate of a positive case. Services are available in multiple languages.
HERE is the list of testing sites for PreK-12 Rhode Island students, faculty and staff.
Anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms will get two tests. The first test is a rapid test. The results of this test will be available before the end of the day. The second test is called a PCR test. This test result will be available in 2 days (48 hours).
Individuals tested must remain quarantined until both test results are available and confirmed negative prior to returning to school. Household contacts must also quarantine during this time and cannot attend school.
TO SCHEDULE A TEST, CALL THE PREK-12 COVID-19 TEST SCHEDULING SERVICE AT 844-857-1814, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK FROM 7:30AM - 9:30PM.
If your child becomes ill it is important you reach out to the school nurse to report specific symptoms, and notify if being tested for COVID-19. If this occurs outside of school hours, please email the school nurse at the email address above. Communication is important as we are working with the RIDOH to ensure contact tracing if there is a positive case in the district.
IN KEEPING WITH OUTBREAK RESPONSE PROTOCOLS SET BY THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND, PLEASE FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS PROVIDED IN THE SUMMARY BELOW. SPEAK WITH THE SCHOOL NURSE IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.
YOU MUST COMPLETE THE AFTER- ILLNESS ATTESTATION FORMTO THE SCHOOL NURSE WHEN YOUR CHILD IS READY TO COME BACK TO SCHOOL.
(COVID-19) PREVENTION -CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL
is a valid resource for information on Coronavirus. Please click on this LINK for ways to keep your family healthy and safe.
CDC- Daily Life & Coping
Adapting new ways to run essential errands to help slow the spread of COVID-19