COVID-19

Metro Schools' Ongoing Response to the

COVID-19 Global Health Crisis

 

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COVID-19 Testing Program at MNPS

Metro Schools is partnering with Meharry Medical College in  a COVID-19 testing program to help reduce the spread of the virus. Participation is optional, but strongly encouraged. Families will need to fill out a consent form for their students to participate in this testing program. You can visit BackSafely.org to learn more and sign up. 

Forms are also available at schools, or you can download it here and fill it out to send to your school. Download the forms in several languages, including English, Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, Kurdish, Nepali, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, and Vietnamese.

School administrators will work with the Meharry Operations Support team to identify “pods” of students and staff who have agreed to be tested so they can be tested at random in groups. The frequency of testing will be determined by the level of participation among staff and students. The tests being used are called BinaxNOW COVID tests, or “rapid tests,” for short. They take about 15 minutes to perform and receive results, and all it takes is a swab inside the nose of the student or staff member and for them to wait 15 minutes for the results. It is easy, simple, painless, and can do a lot to create a safer environment, and the tests will be conducted by a staff from Meharry Medical College.

If an individual comes back with a positive result, the person may have the opportunity to take a PCR test, which is the “gold standard” test, to verify the results. At this point, our school nurses will get to work doing contact tracing to identify any students or staff who may have been close contacts (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more during a 24-hour period) so that they can be notified and start a quarantine process.

COVID-19 Vaccination for MNPS Employees

Metro Schools has partnered with Vanderbilt (VUMC) to administer COVID-19 vaccinations to employees. All information is on the employee SharePoint site.

As of Feb. 17, all Metro Schools employees have been released to schedule appointments with Vanderbilt Health. If you have not received an email notification to schedule your appointment, please call the Vanderbilt COVID hotline at 1-888-312-0847.

If you are still having issues, email the benefits staff with your contact information for assistance.

COVID 19 Guidance GraphicProtocols & Guidance

Visit the MNPS COVID-19 protocols and procedures pages for information on when students and/or staff are exposed to COVID-19, have symptoms, or are diagnosed with COVID-19.

 

The pages detail procedures for things such as quarantine, infection control, cleaning, transportation, closure, and communication with students, families, and staff, as well as steps that will be taken by the Metro Public Health Department.

As thousands of our students return to the classroom, our safety protocols and procedures are meant to reduce the spread or transmission of COVID-19 in our buildings. Asking families to monitor student symptoms, wearing of masks, social distancing when possible, frequent washing of hands, the use of sanitizer, and cleaning protocols will all reduce the chances of COVID-19 passing from one person to another.

Also be sure to read and download the flyer: When is sick too sick for school?

 

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