Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District

COVID-19 Information

District Updates Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic & Our Plan for Fall 2020

Last Updated 9/17/2020 5:45pm

September 17, 2020

Dear OCFSD Families, 

As we continue our planning for Phase II and partial in person instruction, the health and safety of our students and staff remains at the forefront of the planning process and our decision-making.  We have appreciated the questions many of you have asked and our ongoing partnership with the Oak Creek Health Department as both have informed and guided our health and safety planning.  

Please carefully review the health protocol information below.  This is PART 1 of our communications to families regarding our health protocols.  The Part 2 family communication will be sent on Monday, September 21 and will include an explanation of quarantine decisions and family notification processes.
 
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE) - 
 
Upon our return to partial in person instruction in Phase II, we will continue to require staff and students to wear face coverings during the school day.  This will remain the requirement even after the expiration of the state order which is scheduled, at this time, to end on September 28.  Therefore, please send your child to school each day wearing a face covering. A face shield alone is not allowable. As we head into Phase II, we will continue to closely monitor our district supplies of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).  Each school has a supply of cloth face coverings, disposable gloves, and face shields for use by staff and students as needed.  
 
MONITORING STUDENTS’ DAILY HEALTH
 
Daily Home Health Screening - We are asking all parents and guardians to monitor their children daily for illness, including symptoms of COVID-19. Daily health screenings, including temperature checks, will not be done at school.  Therefore, please consider the following questions each morning prior to sending your child to school:

  • Has my child had any signs of symptoms of a fever in the past 24 hours, such as chills, sweats,  "feverish" feelings, or had a temperature that is elevated or greater than 100.4?
     
  • Does my child have any of the following symptoms:  cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, nasal    congestion, runny nose, body aches, headache, fatigue, loss of taste and/or smell, diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting?

Please keep your child(ren) home if they have any of these symptoms and notify your child’s school of their absence.  School office staff or a school nurse may contact you with some follow-up  questions regarding your child’s absence or to offer further guidance.   
 
 
 
EXCLUSION FROM IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION
 
According to the WI Department of Health Services, symptoms of COVID-19 infection in children may mimic a number of other childhood viral infections.  Because of this, schools are encouraged to use a liberal approach when determining whether to send a child home due to illness.  
 
Any student who displays symptoms during the school day which meet the criteria outlined on either side of the table below will be sent home from school.  Students who present with these symptoms will be treated and monitored in a separate, isolated health room specifically designated for this purpose.  Parents/Guardians will be contacted to pick their child up from school as soon as possible. These students will be asked to remain at home for 10 days and to follow-up with a medical provider for further guidance.
 
Signs and Symptoms of COVID-19

New onset of ONE of the following above BASELINE for your child:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or Difficulty Breathing
  • Loss of Sense of Smell or Taste

At least 2 of the following above BASELINE for your child:

  • Fever of 100.4 or higher 
  • Chills
  • Muscle or Body Aches
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Sore Throat
  • Headache
  • Unusual Fatigue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When can my child return to school?  We recognize that returning to school is important to your child.  Your child’s return, however, must be done safely and when they are well enough to come back.  Listed below are the expectations for a student’s return to school after having displayed symptoms of COVID-19.

  • If your child is symptomatic but did NOT get tested for COVID-19:
    • Students may return to school AFTER remaining home for at least 10 days since the first symptoms began AND they are fever free without medications AND have improved symptoms.
  • If your child was symptomatic and tested negative for COVID-19:
    • Students may return to school after being fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications and documentation of negative test results.
  • If your child was symptomatic and tested positive for COVID-19:
    • Students may return to school after self-isolating at home for at least 10 days since the first symptoms began AND they are fever free without medications AND have improved symptoms
  • If your child was symptomatic and was seen by a medical provider who determined your child’s symptoms are NOT COVID-19 related:
    • Students may return to school once they are symptom and fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications; AND
    • Students must also have an alternative diagnosis from a medical provider.

Once again, a communication on additional health protocols will be sent on Monday, September 21.  In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions on the information in this letter or on any other areas.  
 
Thank you for your partnership in helping us to keep all students safe and healthy! 
 
Sincerely,
 
Bridget Kotarak
Assistant Superintendent
(414) 768-6850
b.kotarak@ocfsd.org
 

FAQ: PHASE 2 - PARTIAL IN-PERSON

FAQ: INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMMING

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FAQ: PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE)

FAQ: PHYSICAL DISTANCING

FAQ: CLEANING, DISINFECTING, AND SANITIZING

FAQ: HEALTH PROTOCOLS

FAQ: NOTIFICATION OF EXPOSURE & QUARANTINE

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FAQ: TRANSPORTATION

FAQ: LUNCH

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