Anyone with a temperature of 100℉ or higher, or COVID-19 symptoms (fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea during the school day) will be sent to the school nurse/athletic trainer for evaluation.
The nurse should be alerted that someone has been sent.
Anyone going to the Health and Wellness Center should travel outside.
They should ring the bell and then wait until someone comes to escort them to the Health and Wellness Center.
If someone is sent to the Health and Wellness Center, the nurse/athletic trainer will evaluate the symptoms and determine if the person needs to be sent home. They may be asked to wait in the isolation room where there will be minimal contact with others until a parent, guardian, or caregiver can pick them up in a timely manner. They will be escorted outside to their parent/caregiver by the school nurse/athletic trainer through the Lower School lobby when it is empty. Faculty and staff who present with COVID-19 symptoms will also be sent home immediately using the same procedures. The Health and Wellness Center and isolation room will be thoroughly cleaned between visitors.
Siblings of students who present with symptoms associated with COVID-19 will be screened and may be sent home.
The isolation room will be located adjacent to the Health and Wellness Center. There will be adequate space for physical distancing, ventilation, a place to rest, and access to a private bathroom.
The school nurse/athletic trainer will notify the Division Head and Head of School if an individual presenting with COVID-19 symptoms arrives at the Health and Wellness Center.
If sent home, the patient must follow up with a medical provider, who must provide written clearance for the patient to return to school.
For anyone who is not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms but requires absence due to other illness, our health policy remains the same: anyone experiencing fever, vomiting, diarrhea, cough, persistent pain, widespread rash, or allergic reaction must remain home until symptom-free for 24 hours without the use of medication.
Anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 will need to follow the CDC's COVID-19 Guidelines. If a case is confirmed to be COVID-19, then the school nurse/athletic trainer will call the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) as required to report and follow their guidelines to determine a course of action. The Head of School will share information about exposure with the affected part of the school community while protecting the infected individual's confidentiality, and the impacted facilities will be closed until they are cleaned and disinfected.
In order to return to school, anyone recovering from COVID-19 must be cleared by their physician. Usually, 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
three days with no fever (without fever-reducing medication), and
other symptoms have improved. If a parent or family member has COVID-19 symptoms, they will need to consult their physician. A parent will notify the school nurse/athletic trainer to discuss the physician’s recommendations. All faculty, staff, students, maintenance, and Metz employees who have a family member who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 will need to follow CDC’s Guidelines for Exposure, which currently requires families to quarantine for 14 days and provide medical clearance from their physician before returning to campus.
The school nurse/athletic trainer will follow the ACHD
for contact tracing. Faculty, staff, and families will be notified of possible exposure to a person with a confirmed case by ACHD.