College Prep has partnered with Joffe Emergency Services to retain a full-time Health Coordinator for the year to support and assist with the special requirement of this period. The Health Coordinator, a trained Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), is responsible for delivering a wide range of medical care to our students, faculty, and staff and is the main contact for any health issues involving our community, including coordinating a response to known COVID-19 cases in our community. The Health Coordinator can be reached at email@example.com
. In the Event of Illness
We know that our students and teachers love being at school; they don’t like to miss class, even when they are not feeling well. We must adjust our habits around illness, and stay home if we are unwell
. Any student, teacher, or staff member with a fever of 100 degrees or higher, or any of the other symptoms of possible COVID-19 virus infection
, cannot come to campus.
If a student, faculty, or staff member develops illness, fever, or other COVID-19 symptoms while at school, there will be a rapid response. Students should report to the Main Office and Health Coordinator right away, where a staff member will contact their family for immediate pickup. Sick students waiting for pickup will remain in a dedicated Sick Bay adjacent to the Main Office, now located in the parking lot. Faculty and staff members who are ill must leave campus right away.
COVID-19 surveillance testing is an important measure to interrupt and assist in contact tracing in the event of a positive case. It is a probability measure that protects the whole community more than it is a guarantee that we catch anyone who might be positive, yet asymptomatic. The testing we do helps to catch positive cases so we can isolate those individuals as quickly as possible and slow the spread of COVID-19. We try to schedule testing in a way that is both convenient for families, and offers the best chance of capturing positive cases in our community, but we understand that we can't create a testing system that addresses every scenario.
Our goal and request is for students, faculty, and staff to test weekly while they are participating in on-campus programs. We have been advised that we cannot actually require children to perform a medical test to participate in an educational program. This testing is an expectation of all on campus programs, and we are striving for 100% compliance.
College Prep is partnering with PMH Labs, a CLIA certified laboratory located in Southern California. Through that partnership, we are offering RT-PCR Testing for COVID-19. These will be self administered, mid-turbinate nasal swab tests. Our Health Coordinator will supervise the self swab to ensure that it is done correctly.
Identification and Tracing of Contacts
If a member of our community tests positive for COVID-19, becomes symptomatic, or has had a known exposure, we ask that they contact Rowan Wood (firstname.lastname@example.org) the Health Coordinator, as soon as possible to inform the School. Without revealing the name of the person, the health coordinator will report the case to public health officials and follow their guidance around contact tracing and community notification. She will contact trace within the College Preparatory community and notify individuals and groups that have had close contact with people who have tested positive. The health coordinator will also work with our facilities team to guide appropriate cleaning and disinfection of affected areas.
Community members who have had close contact with an infected individual (within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period, with or without a mask on) will be notified. Simply working or being in the same building/classroom with someone who has symptoms, or who recently had an exposure or tested positive does not trigger a higher risk for getting the virus.
Individuals will not be able to return to campus until the appropriate quarantine or isolation period has passed. This includes improved symptoms, at least 24 hours with no temperature over 100F degrees without the use of fever-reducing medications, and at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared or an alternate diagnosis for the symptoms is provided by their health care provider.
The health coordinator will provide information and resources regarding the isolation/ quarantine instructions and can be contacted for further questions at email@example.com or (510) 420-2332.Returning to Campus
We ask that students and staff members who are absent because of COVID-19 symptoms contact their health care provider to discuss testing and medical care. If a College Prep student, faculty, or staff member tests positive with or without symptoms, they cannot return to campus until they meet the Alameda County Public Health Department criteria