PARENT REQUIREMENT TO REPORT IS KEY TO SCHOOL SAFETY

Parents are required by law to work with school officials to fight the spread of COVID-19. 

     In accordance with KRS 158.160 and 902 KAR 2:220E, parents/guardians must notify their child’s school within 24 hours following a positive COVID-19 diagnosis.  If your child tests positive for COVID-19, please notify their principal within 24 hours of the positive test result.  

     Compliance with this notification requirement will assist the school and local health department with the contact tracing process, and help maintain a healthy and safe school environment.  Contact information for each school is listed below.

        Walker Early Learning Center       348-4251

        Bell Elementary                                348-8150

        Monticello Elementary                     340-3900

        Wayne County Middle School       348-6691

        Wayne County High School          348-5575

     If you have questions or concerns regarding this requirement, feel free to contact the district office at 348-8484.

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COVID-19 FAQ’s for Parents

COVID-19 Information Resources:

State Website: kycovid19.ky.gov

State Hotline – 1-800-722-5725

1. What are common symptoms of COVID-19 in children?

COVID-19 can look different from child to child. Primary symptoms include fever or feeling feverish, sore throat, muscle aches, fatigue, and cough. Additional symptoms that have been reported include abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, and lack of appetite. Children can experience none, some, or all these symptoms.

2. What is a “close contact”?

An individual who was less than 6 feet from a known case for 10 minutes or more.

3. What does it mean to quarantine?

To separate a person or group of people who have been exposed to COVID-19 but have not yet developed illness (symptoms) from others, to prevent the possible spread of the virus. For COVID-19, the recommended period of quarantine is a minimum of 14 days from the date of exposure.

4. What does it mean to isolate?

To separate a person or group of people who have lab confirmed COVID-19 from others, in order to prevent the possible spread of the virus. For COVID-19, the recommended period of isolation is a minimum of 10 days from the test date.

5. What is involved in a contact investigation?

Contact investigation (or contact tracing) is a key strategy used by local health departments to prevent further spread of communicable diseases like COVID-19. Lake Cumberland District Health Department staff work with a confirmed case of COVID-19 to help them remember everyone they had close contact with during the timeframe they may have been contagious. LCDHD will then telephone identified contacts as quickly as possible to notify them of their potential exposure.

Contacts are provided with guidance to understand their risk, what they should do to separate themselves from others who are not exposed, monitor themselves for illness, and the awareness that they could spread the infection to others even if they themselves do not feel ill.

Contacts are encouraged to stay home and maintain a physical distance from others (at least 6 feet) until 14 days after their last exposure in case they also become ill. They should monitor themselves by checking their temperature daily and watching for other

signs and symptoms. LCDHD will check in with contacts to make sure they are self-monitoring and have not developed symptoms. Contacts who develop symptoms should promptly isolate themselves and notify public health staff.

6. Is my child with an underlying medical condition or special healthcare need at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19?

People of any age with certain underlying medical conditions are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Although most COVID-19 cases in children are not severe, serious illness that need to be treated at the hospital still happens. Some data on children reported that the majority who needed hospitalization for COVID-19 had at least one underlying medical condition. The most common underlying conditions reported among children with COVID-19 include chronic lung disease (including asthma), heart disease, and conditions that weaken the immune system. This information suggests that children with these underlying medical conditions may be at risk for more severe illness from COVID-19.

7. How can I protect my child from COVID-19?

You can encourage your child to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by teaching them to do the same things everyone should do to stay healthy.

· Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

· Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

· Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash.

· Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

· If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

· Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, like tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles.

8. Should I get tested for COVID-19 right away?

Consult with your health care provider if you would like to be tested for COVID-19. However, it can take up to 14 days for COVID-19 to develop. Testing too soon could mean that the viral load in your body was too low to be detected by a test.

9. What should I tell my employer?

You may be required to be off work for a minimum of 14 days. Parents are asked to sign a “Self-Isolation and Controlled Movement Agreed Order” for their minor children. This document outlines the requirements for your child’s quarantine and can be provided to your employer as confirmation.

10. What if I cannot afford to take off work?

If you are unable to stay home with your child while school is out, carefully consider who might be best to provide child care. If possible, these alternate caregivers should not be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 themselves (older adult, such as a grandparent or someone with a chronic medical condition). In addition, employers who

participate in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

11. Are there special cleaning requirements?

· If hard nonporous surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

· For soft (porous) surfaces (e.g. carpeted floor, rugs) remove visible dirt if present and clean with appropriate cleaners. After cleaning: If the items can be laundered, launder items in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

· For electronics (e.g. tablets, touch screens, keyboards, remote controls) remove visible dirt by using disinfectant or alcohol wipes.

· EPA-approved disinfectants that can be used against COVID-19 is available at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/cleaning-disinfection.html.