Health

A community pledge that speaks to staying safe, wearing masks, washing hands, and practicing social distancing while on campus and outside of school in order to limit COVID-19 exposure has been developed for staff and families to sign as a demonstration of their commitment to keep our Drew Community safe.  The community pledge has been shared with all families via the Intent to Return Survey.  See our pledge here.

In our on-campus hybrid learning environment, we will practice wearing masks, social distancing, handwashing and a myriad of other health guidelines, including implementing mandatory daily temperature screenings and mask checks.  

We must all diligently work to protect everyone in our community.  As such, students who repeatedly and willfully do not follow health safety protocols will be referred back to virtual learning.  

Drew will abide by the information in this Exposure Protocols document and will also implement the following practices, processes and procedures as steps to keep our Drew Community healthy:

Daily Temperature Checks Process

Parents and guardians should commit daily to checking temperatures and potential symptoms prior to bringing/sending students to school. Individuals exhibiting a fever or any symptoms of illness are not permitted on campus.

Once arriving on campus, Mandatory Temperature Screen & Mask Check (TSMC) will occur outside when everyone arrives at school.  All temperature scanning will occur before each student’s parent/guardian drives off or walks away.

Drew has invested in several touchless, infrared temperature scanners to conduct daily temperature checks of everyone entering our buildings.

For the temperature check, the wrist is held over the device and the temperature is scanned instantly. The device talks and also gives a visual indicator if temperature is elevated or above allowable range.

If a student scans a high temperature (100.4 or above), the student will be denied access and will be required to return home to follow the Exposure Response Protocol. If a student has an elevated temperature (99.6 - 100.3), the student will be taken to the pre-designated isolation area, and the nurse will re-scan and perform a health check to determine if the student is able to stay at school. The nurse will also advise the parents of the student(s) with the elevated temperature(s) of the protocol taken if they are not determined as eligible to be sent home.

Staff will follow a similar temperature scanning protocol.  Additionally, staff members will have use a daily health screener app that will indicate that they are not cleared to come to work with a temperature.

If a student or staff member gets sick during the day:

  • The teacher will radio the nurse or member of the administrative team to move the student to isolation.
    • If the sick person is the teacher, they will radio to the nurse to be relieved of duty and go home to contact their physician to determine if testing is necessary.
       
  • The student will immediately be isolated in a pre-designated location depending upon the campus.
    • The parent/guardian of the affected student will be contacted for immediate pick-up.

Once the student is picked up, the parent will consult with a pediatrician to determine if testing is necessary.
 

Negative COVID-19 test results:

  • Student can return to school after 24 hours of no fever without medication and improvement of symptoms; following Drew’s existing illness management policy.
     

Positive COVID-19 test results:

  • COVID Support Team initiates a list of close contacts of the ill students and communicates the possible exposure to teacher(s)/staff/parent(s)/guardian(s)/caregiver(s) in the affected group.
  • Exposed area(s) closed off for up to 24 hours. Cleaning and disinfection of area(s) performed by appropriate staff.
  • Nurse/members of COVID Support Team will work with local and district health officials to assess transmission levels and support contact tracing efforts.
  • Close contacts are notified, advised to stay home (quarantine for 14 days), and to consult with their healthcare provider for evaluation and determination if testing is recommended.
  • Members of the student(s)’ household are requested to quarantine for 14 days.
  • Student(s) returns to school after meeting criteria for ending home isolation.

 

Wellness

With an intentional focus on wellness across all academies as Drew transitions to a Hybrid Learning Model, the following will occur:

Elementary Academy:

  • Daily Social, Emotional Learning
  • A focus on relationship building
  • Counselors will provide additional support
  • Transition plans will be developed and implemented specifically for students moving to Hybrid model.

Junior Academy:

  • Daily Social, Emotional Learning
  • Counseling Corner to provide support to students
  • Advisory

Senior Academy:

  • Virtual Counseling or student check-in
  • Advisory (Wednesdays)

Multi-tiered systems of support will be available for students and staff at all academies.