As Rolling Hills reopens after the break, parents and guardians, school, and health-care providers will all play a role in identifying possible cases of COVID-19 and taking quick action to limit the spread of disease in homes and schools. This is going to be a very challenging task because the symptoms of COVID-19, and especially the Omicron Variant, are similar to other common illnesses, like colds and flu.
Many people with COVID-19 might not have any symptoms. However as everyone is aware, if symptoms do develop they can range from mild to severe and can include:
- Fever (≥100.4°F) or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Fatigue • Muscle or body aches
Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 (whether or not they have had close contact with someone with COVID-19) should stay home.
Any child who has a fever should not come to school or go to child care. If the fever goes away after taking fever-reducing medicine (for example, acetaminophen/Tylenol or ibuprofen/Motrin), the child should still stay home. (fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine).
Symptoms of illness such as cough, sore throat or congestion/runny nose should also be improved before the child goes back to school or child care. Please contact Mrs. Gallant, our school nurse, for any additional questions or guidance regarding sending your child to school if they are exhibiting symptoms or have tested positive to the COVID virus.
There are steps every person should take every day to help slow down the number of people getting sick with COVID-19, especially if you have not been fully vaccinated:
- Physical distancing – stay at least 3 feet from other people
- Wear a mask correctly and consistently
- Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces.
- Wash your hands often
- Clean surfaces that are touched often
- Stay at home and away from others if symptoms develop
Thanking you in advance for your continued support, cooperation and understanding as we continue to navigate through these ever changing times.
Stewart Stumper, Ed.D.