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Covid-19/Illness Policies

The Preschool Illness Policy
Prior to school each morning, all parents must assess their child(ren), and every teacher and staff member must perform a self-assessment, by answering each question below:

1. Does your child have any (ONE or more) of the symptoms listed below? If your student has experienced any ONE of the following symptoms of COVID-19 or other infectious illness in the past 24 hours, plan to keep them home from school:  

•    Temperature of 100°F or higher 
•    Body aches
•    Chills/shaking
•    New or unusual congestion or runny nose
•    Headache
•    Coughing
•    Vomiting
•    Diarrhea
•    Unusual fatigue
•    Loss of taste or smell
•    Rash
•    Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
•    Sore throat

*If your Preschool student has taken medication to address any of these symptoms, he/she must have resolution of these symptoms for 24 hours without the use of medication before a return to school can be considered. If your Preschool student has a documented preexisting condition (i.e. allergies), you should take that into account as you review the above symptoms.

2. In the past 24 days, has anyone in your household received a positive test result for an active COVID-19 infection? 

If any of the answers are yes to any of the above, your child is not cleared to enter the school/building.

Please note: Screening questions may change as additional information regarding symptoms and spread is known.

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  • Absences

    It is Preschool policy to track absences daily.  If your child will be absent from school for any reason (illness, travel, appointments, etc) please email your child’s teacher to let them know.  Attendance is taken by 9:30am each morning, and any unexpected absence will be followed up on ASAP. 
     
    If the absence is COVID related, please include the school nurse (nurse@prumc.org) on the email, as well as your child’s teachers.  See the section below for more information regarding COVID-related absences. 
  • Return to Campus after COVID Illness or Quarantine

    If your child has been absent from school due to COVID illness or quarantine you must obtain approval from the nurse before your child can return to campus.  In order to obtain approval, please contact the health office via email with an update on your child’s condition the day before you would like them to return, and one of the nurses will be in touch.  Our nurses will not be able to clear you if you email them the morning you expect your child to return – it is likely they won’t see the email in time. ONLY THE SCHOOL NURSES OR THE DIRECTOR CAN CLEAR CHILDREN TO RETURN TO SCHOOL IF THEY WERE OUT FOR ANY COVID RELATED REASON.

    Please see below for specific quarantine and isolation timelines:

    Symptomatic persons with confirmed COVID-19 or suspected COVID-19 who had mild or moderate illness can return to school or childcare after:
    •    At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared (first day of symptoms is day 0) AND
    •    At least 24 hours have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications AND
    •    Symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) have improved

    Symptomatic persons with confirmed COVID-19 or suspected COVID-19 who had severe to critical illness (if they were hospitalized for shortness of breath, pneumonia, low oxygen levels, respiratory failure, septic shock, and/or multiple organ failure) can return to school or childcare after: 
    •    At least 20 days have passed since symptoms first appeared AND
    •    At least 24 hours have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications AND
    •    Symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) have improved

    Asymptomatic persons with confirmed COVID-19 who are not severely immunocompromised can return to school or childcare after: 
    •    At least 10 days have passed since the positive laboratory test and the person remains asymptomatic (day 0 is test day)

    Asymptomatic persons with confirmed COVID-19 who are severely immunocompromised can return to school or childcare after:
    •    At least 10 days have passed since the positive laboratory test and the person remains asymptomatic (day 0 is test day)

    Note, asymptomatic persons who test positive and later develop symptoms should follow the guidance for symptomatic persons above. 

    Asymptomatic persons or those with negative COVID-19 testing who HAVE KNOWN EXPOSURE to a person with COVID-19 can return to school or childcare:
    •    After day 10 of quarantine, without testing
    •    After day 7 of quarantine, after receiving a negative PCR test result (test must occur on day 5 or later)

    *The last day of contact with a COVID-19 positive individual is considered to be day 0 of quarantine

    Please note: If a household member tests positive for COVID-19, all individuals living in the household will be required to quarantine for 7-10 days after their LAST contact with the infected family member.  If the ill household member is not able to fully isolate from the rest of the family, the quarantine period for well family members is 17-20 days (10 days of isolation for ill individual + 7-10 days of quarantine for remainder of the family).
  • COVID-19 Testing & School Attendance

    If anyone in your household is awaiting COVID-19 test results, DO NOT send your child to school until the test has resulted negative and has been communicated to the school nurses.  This does not apply to those parents who are routinely tested for work.  However, if you are feeling unwell or have had known, suspected or potential exposure to COVID-19, do NOT send your child to school.  If you are unsure about whether your child can be on campus, we ask you to err on the side of caution, keep your child off campus, and contact the nurse. 
  • Children with Exposed Family Members

    Students with immediate household members in quarantine due to COVID exposure may come to school as long as the household member is feeling 100% well AND no test results are pending. Every effort to limit personal interaction between students attending school and exposed household members in quarantine should be made. 

    Of course, should the exposed individual become ill, all household members are considered exposed and expected to quarantine. Should this happen to you, please let us know.  
  • Masking

    Masks are required for all students in the Threes - 5/6 programs while indoors. Masks will also be required for vaccinated and unvaccinated faculty and staff while indoors.  Vaccinated teachers will be allowed to remove masks during purposeful classroom instruction.  No masks are required outdoors.
     
    Masks will also be required for any parents while indoors on the PRUMC campus, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Travel during COVID-19

  • Covid Vocabulary

    It is important to define COVID-19 related terminology so you can best understand how we manage these cases and notify anyone who has come into contact with cases.

    “Case” is defined as a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.

    “Contact” refers to a person who had exposure to a case while the case was infected.

    “Infected” is defined as the period during the illness or within two days before the illness began.

    “Direct contact” is defined as the following: When a person comes closer than 6 feet to a case for at least 15 minutes, provided care at home to the case, had direct physical contact with the case (touched, hugged, or kissed them), shared eating or drinking utensils with the case, and/or on whom the case sneezed, coughed, or other action which is concerning for spreading respiratory droplets. Individuals who have come into direct contact with the case must quarantine for 14 days.
Health Office

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    Susanna Frayser 

    Nurse
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    Mallory Tate 

    Nurse
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Located on PRUMC’s beautiful Buckhead campus, The Preschool is an independent, faith based school, for children 12 months through 6 years-old. We are committed to nurturing the whole child in preparation for the most distinguished public and private primary schools in Atlanta.