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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.‚Äč

CONTACT TRACING

HSE Schools will immediately contact local and state health officials upon learning of a positive COVID case involving students and/or staff.

  • In the classroom setting, contact tracing will take place at 3-feet and parents will be notified of the exposure. Students identified as close contacts do not have to quarantine if ALL students in the classroom are healthy and wearing masks appropriately.
  • Indoor activities outside the classroom where masks are removed (lunch, choir, band, and PE), will be contact traced at 6 feet and MUST quarantine unless vaccinated.
QUARANTINE & RETURN PROCEDURES (VACCINATED)
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. >/= 2-weeks following receipt of the second dose in a two-dose series or >/= 2-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.

QUARANTINE & RETURN PROCEDURES (UNVACCINATED)

Unvaccinated individuals with an exposure to a positive COVID-19 case are required to quarantine if outside the classroom setting per IDOH guidelines. Unvaccinated individuals have two options for a reduced quarantine:

  • 10-day quarantine with return to school on day 11.
  • 7-day quarantine with return to school on day 8, if a negative test was obtained by a healthcare professional at an accredited facility on day 5, day 6, or day 7 from date of exposure (At-home COVID tests will not be accepted.) Results must be given to school nurse prior to individual returning to school.

All individuals must also be symptom-free and will need to maintain distancing and increase personal hygiene (frequent hand-washing/sanitizing) for the full 14 days.

ENHANCED PRECAUTIONS FOR EARLY RETURN TO SCHOOL (UNVACCINATED)
Unvaccinated individuals returning to school following a reduced quarantine must follow the precautions below:
  • Masked at all times on bus and during the school day, no exceptions.
  • Maintain distance of at least 3-feet from others when inside the classroom while receiving instruction during the school day.
  • Lunch to be eaten separately from others as mask will be off when eating. Remain at least 6-feet from others.
  • Prioritize hand washing/sanitizing
  • Symptom monitoring daily:
    • If any signs or symptoms of COVID are identified while at home, the individual should NOT come to school.
    • If symptoms develop during the school day, individual will be sent home immediately.
      • If PCR test is positive, begin 10 days of isolation starting from date symptoms began.
      • If PCR test is negative, must complete remainder of 14-day quarantine at home.

QUARANTINE & RETURN PROCEDURES (PREVIOUS COVID INFECTION)

  • 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.

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.
  • 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.
COVID ISOLATION ROOMS
Students who present signs or symptoms of COVID will be sent to a designated area created in all buildings while awaiting pick-up.

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


 

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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  • To send a general inquiry email to the District Administration Office, click here

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

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