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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a question not addressed in the Return to In-Person Instruction Plan or listed below? 
Submit it to COVIDquestions@hse.k12.in.us.

Updated 9/2/21

 

As part of the executive order issued Wednesday by Governor Eric Holcomb, our COVID protocols for contact tracing and quarantining are changing. We ARE able to do this because we require students, teachers, staff and visitors to our schools to wear a mask.  
 
What do these changes mean for you? 
Students and staff, who are masked in a classroom setting and identified as close contacts, will NOT have to quarantine if they are NOT showing any symptoms

  • Close contacts will need to diligently monitor for daily symptoms of COVID-19. 
  • If symptoms arise, the individual(s) will need to stay at home or be picked up from school.  

PLEASE NOTE: This change does NOT apply to indoor activities such as: lunch, band, choir or extracurriculars where masks are not typically worn at all times. If identified as a close contact in these situations, the current quarantine guidelines found in the Return to Instruction Plan will apply. 
 
When do these changes take effect? 
The new quarantine protocols will go into effect on Tuesday, September 7. This allows our building administrative teams and nurses to evaluate the various situations in which students are currently quarantined. You will be notified by your building regarding any changes to the date of return for your student.  
 
Will you still notify all close contacts if they are exposed to a COVID positive individual?
We will continue to notify anyone identified as a close contact. The information must also be reported to local and state health officials. We will maintain our COVID Dashboard, which is updated on Monday mornings.


How is the school going to determine who is vaccinated and who is not? How will you determine who needs to quarantine
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.
 
Will teachers be made aware of their student’s vaccination status? Does this violate HIPAA laws?
Teachers would not be notified of vaccinations status as the schools are not requiring that information of parent unless needed for contact tracing purposes.
 
What recent scientific data do you have that supports quarantining healthy students?
The CDC and IDOH, as well as FHD, provide guidelines we follow when contact tracing and identifying students as close contacts.

What if positive COVID-19 cases continue to rise? Will the plan change?
The Return to In-Person Instruction Plan is fluid and reviewed frequently. The purpose of this plan is, first and foremost, to protect the health and wellbeing of our students and staff, while minimizing the likelihood of COVID-19 exposure and maximizing in-person learning opportunities. If the spread of COVID-19 is found to be in the schools, on the increase in cases for students and staff is significant enough, it is likely for the plan to change to protect students and staff.
 
Will students and staff be required to wear a face covering at school?
Beginning August, 16th masks are required for PK-12 students and staff when indoors during the school day, regardless of vaccination status.  
 
What type of cleaning regimen will be used to disinfect and sanitize classrooms, facilities and playgrounds?
Custodial crews will clean and disinfect “high touch” points in common areas as needed, which include but are not limited to:  Desks, chairs, tables, door handles, push plates,  stair rails, water fountains, shared items that are difficult to regularly clean (electronic devices, books, games, art and lab supply equipment) should be limited in use. In situations where COVID transmission may be higher, shared items not able to be properly disinfected, should not be reused for at least 72-hours. If said items need to be reused within 24-hours, they should be disinfected.
 
What is the school nurse’s role during the COVID-19 Pandemic?
The school nurse’s roles are to educate students and staff about COVID when they return to the school building, to be the first line of screening for students who may be exhibiting symptoms of COVID, and to interface with local public health personnel when schools have positive cases. The school nurse will assist in implementing guidance provided by the state department of health on when ill students, students who test positive, and students who are a close contact of COVID-19 patients can return to school.
 
Are school water fountains available, or do students need to provide a water bottle each day?
Water fountains have been turned OFF in the buildings. Alternatively, water bottle filling stations are available to provide students and staff with access to water throughout the day.
 
Is hand sanitizer available and/or provided to students and staff?
In addition to hand sanitizer being available to students and staff in classrooms, all buildings have been equipped with free-standing hand sanitizer stations.
 
Will HSE require families to quarantine if they travel outside of the United States? 
If you plan to travel outside the United States, the CDC offers recommendations for a safe return to the U.S. and school.  Here's the link to the latest travel restrictions and recommendations: 
Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test or Recovery from COVID-19 for All Air Passengers Arriving in the United States | CDC

Are parents permitted to eat lunch with their student in school buildings? 
At this time, lunch visitation is suspended.
 
Will classroom volunteers be permitted? 
Classroom volunteers will be permitted in all buildings pursuant to Board Policy K07.00.
 
Are visitors, including parents and/or guardians, required to wear a face covering when they enter the building? 
Anyone visiting a school will be required to wear a mask. Volunteers or guests assisting in outdoor activities are not required to wear a mask while assisting outdoors.
 
Are students, staff and/or visitors screened prior to entering a school building? 
It is the expectation of parents to send healthy students to school each day. Parents should not send their student to school if they exhibit the following symptoms: 

  • Temperature of 100.4 or greater 
  • Congestion and 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). 
  • New onset of severe headache, especially with fever 
  • ​Loss of taste or smell   

Self-screening notifications are in all buildings alerting individuals NOT to enter the building if they are experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19. 

If a student or staff member exhibits COVID symptoms, what are the procedures to keep others safe?
If a student or staff member presents with symptoms consistent with COVID-19, the individual will be sent home and presumed to have COVID until ​proof of a negative COVID-19 test or a healthcare provider determines the illness is caused by something else and provides a note. Without a healthcare provider’s note, the individual would need to stay home from school for 10 days and be fever-free for 24 hours without use of fever-reducing medication. If the individual is diagnosed with another condition that explains the symptoms, such as influenza or strep throat, or tested negative for COVID-19, no isolation or quarantine of close contacts is necessary once the individual is fever free for 24 hours and symptoms have subsided.
 
How will contact tracing be done? 
HSE Schools will immediately contact the Fishers Health Department upon learning of a positive COVID case among the student body or staff. School officials will assist the Fishers Health Department in conduct contract tracing. 

How are desks set up in the classroom? 
Desks are set up to maximize social distancing when possible.
 
How do lunch periods work? 
Cohorted students wash their hands prior to lunch and proceed through the serving line.  Students eat in the cafeteria, cohorted with their class in assigned seats and socially distanced from the other classes. Lunch boxes may be brought from home but it is recommended they be cleaned and sanitized nightly at home. 
 
Are students screened prior to boarding the school bus? 
Students are not screened prior to boarding the bus. We ask that parents familiarize themselves with the COVID-19 screening checklist and perform this each morning prior to sending a student to the bus stop. 
 
Can my student ride another bus home provided a note was submitted to the school ahead of time? 
At this time, all students must ride their assigned bus. 
 
What is the protocol for handling a sick student who may board the school bus? 
If it is apparent that a student is sick, the driver notifies the school prior to arrival, so a school nurse or designee can meet the bus once they arrive. 
 
How are social distancing guidelines be applied to bus transportation? 
While it is not possible to follow social distance guidelines while on the school bus, all passengers are required to wear a face covering per federal regulations. 
 
When are the buses be cleaned and sanitized? 
High-touch areas (such as handrails in the student entrance area) are given additional attention to ensure they are disinfected, and buses will be disinfected once per day. 
 
Do students need a face covering while on the school bus? 
Students are required to wear a face covering while riding on the bus per federal regulations.

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