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Reminders:


  • Complete Ascend daily health assessment and stay home when instructed to do so.
    • In the event you input something incorrectly, email (nurse@silverdaleba.org) and proceed on to school.
    • In the event you are marked ineligible due to symptoms or exposure, email (nurse@silverdaleba.org) and stay at home.
    • Please complete Ascend the entire quarantine period (including weekends)If users do not complete surveys while quarantined, and indicate they are symptom free, the algorithm will not be able to track symptom data and eligibility will be delayed to 14 days. The Ascend ruleset is dependent on users having 10/7 consecutive days being symptom free.
  • Notify Nurse Anne with any questions in regards to symptoms and sickness (nurse@silverdaleba.org).
  • Wear your mask properly.
  • Wash your hands frequently (soap and water is best but if unavailable use hand sanitizer).

CHANGES IN ASCEND:


  1. Ascend has updated their algorithm to reflect the new CDC quarantine guidelines. Moving forward, if a student or staff member is quarantined, he/she must complete Ascend for 10 consecutive days indicating they are symptom free in order to be released from quarantine after 10 days OR if test negative between day 5 and 7, student or staff member must complete 7 consecutive days of symptom free inputs in order to be released after the 7th day of quarantine with their negative test result. This means that if one is quarantined, one must complete Ascend on the weekends moving forward. Per Ascend, if users do not complete surveys while quarantined, and indicate they are symptom free, the algorithm will not be able to track symptom data and eligibility will be delayed to 14 days. 


  1. Household Contacts vs Non Household Contacts: If an individual in your household tests positive for COVID and is able to 100% isolate from others (ie, no shared living space--kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, living room, etc.), then the rest of the family would be considered non-household contacts. Please do not input household contact positive test date in Ascend if the individual that tested positive is 100% isolating from family.  


  1. COVID Test Date Question: For the question that states, “Enter the date of most recent COVID-19 test,” if you test positive, please enter the date that your symptoms started or if no symptoms present and you test positive, then enter the test date. This will begin the 10 day isolation period. After 10 days from the onset of symptoms, Ascend should make you eligible if symptom free. 




FAQs
1. What do I do if my child is sick?

If your child is sick, email awidener@silverdaleba.org AND attendance@silverdaleba.org. If your child presents with any COVID-related symptoms, your child must be cleared by a physician prior to return (doctor’s note must be sent to school nurse at 423.892.2147 or emailed to awidener@silverdaleba.org).

2. What do I do if a family member presents with COVID symptoms?

If a family member presents with COVID symptoms, then entire family needs to remain off campus until symptoms are deemed non-COVID related.


3. What do I do if a family member of a student of staff member receives COVID testing for any reason?


If a student or staff member receives COVID testing for any reason, then other family members need to remain off campus until COVID test result is negative. (A rapid test would be ideal in order for your children to return to campus as quickly as possible.


4. Do all of my kids have to remain off campus if ONE of my students or other household members are exposed to someone that tested positive for COVID?

If a sibling is sent home due to exposure, then the other siblings and parents do not have to remain off campus unless the exposed individual begins showing symptoms of COVID. At that point, the entire family would need to quarantine until the exposed, symptomatic individual receives his/her test results.

5. What is a close contact?

"Close contact is defined by CDC as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.​ "

6. What is a household contact?

"A household contact is an individual who shares any living spaces with a case. This includes bedrooms, bathrooms, living rooms, kitchens, etc."

To be considered a non household contact

• The case must never be in the same room as household members. 

• The case cannot share plates, cups, dishes or phones with others. 

• The case should have their own bathroom. If that isn’t possible, the household must conduct daily cleaning.

 "Household contact is an individual who shares any living spaces with a case. This includes bedrooms, bathrooms, living rooms, kitchens, etc." When a household member that tests positive is unable to completely isolate from the rest of the family, the exposed family member's last day of exposure to the family member that tested positive is the last day of their isolation (day 10). At that point, the family members quarantine of 10 days would begin. (In the event, other family members ended up testing positive this timeline would change.)


7. How do I make an appointment with our SBA Galen Nurse Practitioner for COVID testing?

Please call SBA and dial extension 2262 to connect you with our Galen clinic at SBA. They can set you up an appointment. 

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