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Mitigation

 

SCREENING PROCEDURES
It is the expectation of parents/ guardians to only send healthy students to school each day throughout the year. If they exhibit the following symptoms, students must remain home:
  • Temperature of 100.4 or greater
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (For students with chronic allergic/ asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline.)
  • Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain
  • New onset of severe headache, especially with fever
  • Loss of taste or smell
ADDITIONAL SCREENING PROCEDURES FOR STAFF
  • Staff are directed to self-screen for COVID symptoms prior to coming to work, assessing whether they should stay home from work.
  • Should a staff member not be working on any given day, protocols in place will determine whether COVID testing and/or quarantining is necessary, and how the absence will be categorized.
COVID-19 VACCINATIONS
The COVID vaccine is not required, but is available to individuals 12 and older. To schedule a vaccine appointment with the Fishers Health Department, click here.

Vaccinated individuals with an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are not required to quarantine, if they meet all of the following criteria:
  • Fully vaccinated (i.e. >/= two-weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series or >/= two-weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine).
  • Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure.
Fully vaccinated individuals still need to monitor for symptoms for the 14-days and isolate immediately if symptoms occur.
Unvaccinated individuals who are close contacts will be required to quarantine for 14-days per the CDC guidelines.​

EXHIBITING COVID SYMPTOMS

If an individual presents with symptoms consistent with COVID-19, they will be sent home and presumed to have COVID until such time as a healthcare provider determines the illness is caused by something else and provides a note.

  • Without a healthcare provider's note , the individual will need to stay home for 10-days and be fever-free for 24-hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.

If a student or staff member is exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19, but test negative with an antigen (rapid) test, the school nurse may direct the individual to get a PCR test to confirm. (A PCR test is considered more reliable than antigen tests in determining if an individual is COVID positive.) School nurses do not provide testing for Covid-19. (A PCR test is considered more reliable than antigen tests in determining if an individual is COVID positive.)

  • Results from over-the-counter COVID tests cannot be accepted per the Indiana State Department of Health. Only results from COVID tests done in a healthcare setting will be accepted, preferably with a PCR test.
CONTACT TRACING

HSE Schools will immediately contact Fishers Health Department upon learning of a positive COVID case involving students and/ or staff.

  • In the classroom-setting, contact tracing will take place at:
    • three-feet when masks are worn and forward facing.
    • six-feet when mask are not worn.
  • All other activities (outside of the classroom) will continue to be contact traced at six-feet.
  • Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 do not need to quarantine or get tested again for up to 90-days unless they experience symptoms.
  • Individuals who develop symptoms within 90-days of their first bout of COVID-19 may need to be tested, if no other cause is identified for symptoms.
SCHOOL CLOSURE
Decisions on whether part of a school or an entire school will need to close will be made in consultation with FHD as part of the contact tracing and case investigation. These decisions will depend on how the students were cohorted and the movements of the ill individual. The ability to staff a building(s) will also be a deciding factor.

TRAVEL
Travel to high-risk COVID areas outside of the US is discouraged for those who are not vaccinated. Travelers should follow CDC recommendations.

MITIGATION QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Q: “How is the school going to determine who is vaccinated and who is not? How will you determine who needs to quarantine?”
A: “The school will not ask for vaccination status, however, if a student/staff is identified as a close contact, a parent/guardian can let us know if their student is vaccinated or have had Covid in the previous three months. We would need proof of either of those situations.”
 
Q: “Will teachers be made aware of their student’s vaccination status? Does this violate HIPPA laws?”
A: “Teachers would not be notified of vaccinations status as the schools are not requiring that information of parent unless needed for contact tracing purposes.”
 
Q: “What recent scientific data do you have that supports quarantining healthy students?”
A:  “The CDC and IDOH, as well as FHD, provide guidelines we follow when contact tracing and identifying students as close contacts.

 

Hamilton Southeastern Schools

  • Central Office
  • 13485 Cumberland Road, Fishers, IN 46038
  • Office Hours: M - F 7:30am - 4:30pm 
  • (317) 594-4100  (800) 905-6665
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  • HSE Schools wants to hear from you! To send a general inquiry to the District Administration Office, click here. 

Our Mission

Hamilton Southeastern Schools, as a forward-thinking school district, provides educational opportunities to ensure the success of each and every student, to become a responsible citizen and to positively influence an ever-changing world community.