COVID-19 Guidance

Reference Guide for Schools

These 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

This Evaluation Reference Guide is intended as a helpful tool for nurses and staff members in MNPS for use in response to suspected, presumed, or confirmed cases of COVID-19.

All responses by schools and individuals will be a coordinated effort between MNPS and Metro Public Health Department. The pages in this section 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.

Also visit our main COVID-19 page for more information.

Guidelines

These guidelines identify steps in interacting with students or staff who have screened positive, meaning they:

1) Present with at least one of the following COVID-19 symptoms:

  • Fever of 100.4 or above

  • Chills

  • Vomiting

  • New cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • New loss of taste or smell

AND/OR at least two of the following COVID-19 symptoms:

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Sore throat

  • Diarrhea X2

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Headache

2) Share they were exposed to someone with COVID-19 (defined as having close contact of 3-6 feet of distance for more than 15 minutes) but have no symptoms

3) Share they were diagnosed with COVID-19 less than 10 days ago but are not currently symptomatic


 

What Do We Know about COVID?

 

COVID-19 is mostly spread by respiratory droplets released when people talk, cough, or sneeze. The virus may spread to hands from a contaminated surface and then to the nose or mouth, causing infection. That's why personal prevention practice (such as handwashing and staying home when sick) and environmental cleaning and disinfection are important practices.

Any scenario in which many people gather together poses a risk of COVID-19 transmission. While children generally experience mild symptoms with COVID-19 and, to date, have not been found to contribute substantially to the spread of the virus, transmission from even those with mild or no apparent symptoms remains a risk. We are learning more every day regarding COVID-19 in children, in teens, and in school settings and are using that data and research to make school guidance and approach better.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Headache

These are not all possible symptoms. Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Fever is determined by measuring a temperature of 100.4 F or above.

While symptoms in children are similar to adults, children may have milder symptoms. Reported symptoms in children include cold-like symptoms, such as fever, runny nose, and cough. Children with COVID-19 may not initially present with fever and cough as often as adults.



What Happens When a Student or Staff Member is:


 

Your School Nurse

The school nurse is your point of contact for COVID concerns. They will provide initial guidance and consult MNPS and MPHD personnel for verification of next steps to take. Work with them to establish how to best communicate. Find your school nurse and contact information.

Adapted from: Reference Guide for Suspected, Presumptive, or Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 (K-12) Interim Guidance