A Letter from the School Nurses

August 20, 2021

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August 20, 2021

Dear SASD Families/Caregivers,

Welcome to the 2021-22 school year! The health and safety of our students and staff is always our highest priority. We want to assure you that we are closely monitoring COVID-19 in our community and continue to meet regularly with the Sheboygan County Division of Public Health. We look forward to our ongoing partnership with you as we work together to make education possible for all students.

We want to provide you with some information and share the steps we will need from you in this partnership to keep our schools safe and healthy.

Here is what we’ll need you to do. The steps the district is taking to reduce the risk of COVID-19 are listed out on our website but we need your help, too! We cannot eliminate all the risks of COVID-19. There will be cases in the schools. The more partnership we have as a school community the less risk we all share. Our goal is to keep students in school and reduce the spread of illness. We will only succeed if sick students stay home from school.

  1. Please continue to monitor your child for illness every day before they go to school. The symptoms are: chills, cough, headache, muscle or body aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, new loss of taste or smell, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, sore throat, temperature of 100.4°F or above.

    Anyone with a fever and other COVID-19 symptoms would need to remain at home and be fever free for at least 24 hours and have an improvement in symptoms before returning to school. Call the school’s attendance line and leave a detailed message and keep your child home. Siblings can attend if they are healthy.

  2. COVID-19 testing is recommended for anyone who develops COVID-19 symptoms, regardless of vaccination status. If you are unsure if your child is having symptoms, the best decision would be to keep them home and discuss your concerns with your child’s medical provider.

  3. Follow quarantine and isolation guidance from public health professionals. Anyone testing positive for COVID-19 must stay home for 10 days as directed by public health. If your child is unvaccinated and is identified as a close contact or household contact to a case of COVID-19 or is diagnosed with COVID-19, please follow the guidance provided by your local health department. Call the school’s attendance line and leave a detailed message so those dates of absence can be honored by the school district.

  4. Masks are required on public transit. Students taking the yellow school bus or Shoreline Metro bus to and from school are required to mask. However, masking is optional for the school day. Your school nurses strongly recommend masking, especially for our students who are too young to be vaccinated.

  5. Free COVID-19 testing performed by an on-site vendor will be available after cases are identified within your child’s school. You will be notified by your child’s school when testing will be made available. Voluntary COVID-19 testing will be free of charge to those interested. A consent form will need to be on file prior to this testing. Families will be notified when the online consent form is available to complete in Skyward Family Access. Paper copies will also be available in your child’s school office.

  6. Please vaccinate your child if they are eligible and when they are eligible. There is no greater protection against COVID-19.

If you have questions or concerns please feel free to contact your school nurse, your child’s medical provider or the Sheboygan County Division of Public Health for more information.

We are all in this together!

Thank you from your school nursing staff,

Lori Hamilton BSN, RN, Terri Boxrucker BSN, RN, Nicole Guillette BSN, RN, Brittany Tollberg BSN, RN and Dianna Lastch, Nursing Services Secretary

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