Medical Advisory Board FAQ’s
What data would lead Woodlawn’s Medical Advisory Board to recommend the school go to 100% online for all students?
Our Medical Advisory Board looks at the statistical trends in our immediate area – Davidson, Cornelius, Mooresville, and Huntersville, for example. If COVID-19 cases in our area are rising to the level that CDC refers to as, “Substantial Uncontrolled Transmission” (this would be determined by a combination of information from local health departments, state advisories, and Woodlawn Covid-19 numbers), we would pivot to 100% online learning.
In all our COVID-19 health and wellness decision-making, our Medical Advisory Board partners with the Iredell County Department of Public Health and other experts in our region to make recommendations for how best to mitigate the risks of COVID-19 when students and teachers are on campus. Those decisions are rooted in CDC guidelines, NC Department of Public Health guidelines, and the American Academy of Pediatrics best practices. The Head of School will follow the guidance of Woodlawn’s Medical Advisory Board in deciding whether students may come to campus for classes, or if 100% online learning is required, ranging from a small group of students and/or teachers, to a grade, division, or K through 12.
The Head of School will follow the guidance of Woodlawn’s Medical Advisory Board in deciding whether students may come to campus for classes, or if 100% online learning is required, ranging from a small group of students and/or teachers, to a grade, division, or K through 12.
Should the school require all students and employees be tested before returning to campus?
What steps is the school taking, on campus, to mitigate the risk of COVID-19?
- To ensure social distancing inside classrooms, we have purchased new furniture – individual desks and chairs – for all classrooms.
- We are dividing student groups into smaller cohorts. Everyone who comes on campus will be screened for COVID symptoms (see below regarding Health Screening).
- We will use health “apps” to facilitate reporting of COVID-like symptoms to our nurse to aid her in contact tracing.
- We will have three employees trained by Johns Hopkins University in Contact Tracing.
- We have upgraded the ventilation systems in all rooms, installed fans in all rooms and we are ensuring all windows open properly (and are screened).
- We are installing air purifiers in those spaces that lack windows (bathrooms, for example).
- We are installing hand sanitizers at the entrances to our buildings, and all classrooms will have hand sanitizers and broad-spectrum, EPA-certified disinfectant kits in the rooms.
- We will have a janitor on duty during the school day, to ensure frequent cleaning of bathrooms and high-touch surfaces in shared spaces.
- We have purchased electrostatic room sanitizing machines, and all rooms will be deep-cleaned nightly.
- We have purchased four large tents and we are equipping them as outdoor learning spaces.
- Based on current expert medical advice, we are requiring masks for all students and adults on campus.
- Regular, frequent handwashing will become part of our culture and routine throughout the day led by teachers and our admin team.
What will 100% mandatory health screening look like?
The first step of screening begins at home, with temperature checks and a symptom checklist. Every person who comes to campus needs to do this before leaving home and log the results on a Woodlawn School Health app (details of the app will be shared next week).
The second step of screening takes place on campus, at designed screening stations. School employees will repeat the steps of the home screening process (temperature tests and symptom checklist) before letting each person get out of the car to come on campus. We want to do everything in our power to prevent people who have COVID-like symptoms from coming into classrooms and shared spaces on campus.
If my child must stay home for health reasons, what is the school’s plan to support academic success during that absence?
What would be the school’s approach if a student or a teacher had a “secondary” contact? Secondary contact is defined as someone in their family or circle of friends encountered someone who has COVID-like symptoms and/or is being tested for COVID.
Symptom monitoring is essential, as is determining the degree of contact. For example, if the contact in question was at six feet or more and lasted less than 15 minutes, medical experts consider that relatively low risk, but symptom monitoring is essential.
If the teacher or student who had that form of secondary contact is symptom-free 48 hours after the time of secondary contact, no further precautions are needed.
What if the student or teacher who had secondary contact does experience COVID-like symptoms?
In all things, we follow CDC guidelines:
That person must remain home until a healthcare provider can document an alternative diagnosis that would explain the COVID-like symptoms, and has been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines. Additionally, the person must not experience COVID-like symptoms for 24 hours.
What if a student or teacher has a first degree of contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19? First degree is also known as a “primary contact” with someone known to have COVID-19. (less than 6 feet of distance and more than 15 minutes)
If the teacher or student lives with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, or has regular close contact with that person, staying at home for 14 days is mandatory unless subsequent testing shows it is safe to return to campus (a physician’s note is mandatory). In addition, the person must show no fever for 24 hours without use of fever-reducing medicines and display no symptoms of COVID for 24 hours.
The school’s Tracing Team, led by our school nurse, will trace and contact those people in the school community who have had secondary contact (see above) and enact the secondary contact protocols. Our school nurse is leading a team of school employees in the Contact Tracing education offered by Johns Hopkins University.
What if a student or a teacher tests positive for COVID-19?
Our Medical Advisory Board will work directly with the Iredell County Department of Public Health to determine if members of the grade or class in question (or those at the school who have had contact with the person) should quarantine at home. The Head of School will follow the expert guidance of the Medical Advisory Board and public health authorities.
The Tracing Team will trace and contact those people who had first degree or secondary contact with the person who tested positive. The person who tested positive for COVID-19 will be required follow these protocols:
- Symptomatic: If a person has symptoms, he/she must remain out of school for at least 10 days since he/she began having symptoms. After day ten, the person must be fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines and have no COVID-like symptoms for 24 hours.
- Asymptomatic: If a person has no symptoms, he/she must remain out of school for at least 10 days after the date of his/her positive COVID-19 diagnostic test, assuming they have not subsequently developed symptoms since their positive test. If the person does develop symptoms, he/she would follow the protocol for symptomatic outlined above
- In both cases a physician note must be provided to the school, documenting a safe date of return.
What are the best things parents and students can do to prepare for a healthy, safe return to campus?
Always wear masks. In the two weeks prior to the start of school, do not go to indoor places in which some people do not wear masks, for example, indoor restaurants. Avoid gatherings in which six feet of social distancing is difficult to maintain. Gatherings can mean groups of children playing and socializing together, in formal programs (sports, for example) and informal ways.
To the greatest extent possible, our Woodlawn family should “shelter at home” in the period August 6 – 20 and monitor symptoms. That high level of vigilance and shared commitment will help us safeguard the health of every member of our Woodlawn community throughout the school year.
Please be aware that the current situation is evolving. We will change our recommendations and guidelines based on new information pertaining to the public health environment in our region, and recommendations from public health authorities and our Medical Advisory Board designed to improve the health and wellness of our school family and enhance the learning experience of our students.
COVID-19 will be a factor throughout the 2020-2021 school year. With expert medical guidance and a strong partnership between parents, students, and the school, we can make this year safe and successful. The Woodlawn Way has always been to adapt and thrive. Working together to overcome COVID-19 will bring out the best in us, inspire us, and imbue powerful life lessons in our children.