covid guidelines

For the 21-22 school year FernLeaf is currently operating on a normal schedule and offering in-person instruction. We are following CDC and local recommendations for public health safety. Masks are required by all when indoors, physical distancing is being followed and enhanced cleaning measures and ventilation are in place. The school nurse or local health department will contact any FernLeaf families needing to be quarantined from school who have been identified as close contacts of a COVID positive student or staff member.

In lieu of phone calls, FernLeaf uses a google document called "FernLeaf COVID-19 Positive Case Reporting" to report positive COVID-19 cases within our community. View the document by clicking the button below.

 

 

 

FernLeaf's school nurse, Kim, along with Henderson County Public Schools and Pardee Health Care, have put together a FernLeaf family COVID-19 update and flow chart documents around quarantine and close contact guidance.  

COVID UPDATE FROM OUR NURSE KIM

Dear FernLeaf Families,

I wanted to share with you updates based on Henderson County Department of Public Health guidelines and NC Strong Schools Toolkit state guidelines that we will be following at FernLeaf this year.  You can refer to the flow charts linked below to help navigate what to do if your child or a household member is symptomatic, positive, or a close contact. 

 

Please notify me and your child’s teacher via email whenever your child meets one of the below criteria and I will help navigate when your child can return to school.  When in doubt, keep them home, and e-mail me and I will help you figure out the next step.  My goal is for your child to be able to be in person for school and we must all work together for that to happen!

FERNLEAF GUIDELINES

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  • Symptoms for children with the delta variant can be mild such as runny nose, sore throat, and/or headache.  These symptoms and more are all included in the NC SS toolkit as symptoms that we can exclude for.

  • If a student or staff member is symptomatic (vaccinated or not) they should stay home and will need to provide a copy of a negative PCR test or a doctor’s note with an alternative diagnosis (i.e. flu, strep, etc) to return to school. 

  • If your child is a close contact to someone from outside of the home AND HAS NO SYMPTOMS, they will need a negative test (antigen or pcr) on day 5, 6 or 7 from last exposure.  The day of exposure is day 0 and the following day is day 1.  Once FernLeaf's school nurse has a copy of the negative test, she will notify FernLeaf that your child can return on day 8.  

  • We CANNOT take negative results from an at-home test kit for returning to school....it has to be an official test from a doctor’s office or lab.  We CAN accept positive results from at home test kits. We CANNOT take negative results from an at home test kit.

  • If your child is a close contact to someone inside the home, they will have a significantly longer quarantine time as the positive person is shedding the virus for 10 days. The child's timeline will start once the last positive person’s isolation ends. 

  • If your child is positive, they do not need to have a negative test to return.  They can return after completing 10 days of isolation from symptom onset.

  • Community Lab in Arden has free COVID tests.  Register online here.

  • Please be aware that there is a large number of people seeking testing right now and this may impact getting an appointment or a result.

  • View the NC Strong School Toolkit here.

QUARANTINE GUIDANCE FOR SCHOOLS

This flow chart shows what to do if a student or staff member has been determined to be a close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days.

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RETURN TO SCHOOL: TESTS POSITIVE for covid-19

This flow chart shows what to do if a student or staff member test positive for COVID-19 BEFORE returning to school.

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RETURN TO SCHOOL: has symptoms of covid-19

This flow chart shows what to do if a student or staff member has symptoms of COVID-19.

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QUARANTINE GUIDANCE FOR SCHOOL athletics

This flow chart shows what to do if a student-athlete has been determined to be a close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days.

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FernLeaf COVID-19 Positive Case Reporting Document

New confirmed cases of COVID-19 identified in FernLeaf students or staff are reported in this document by 10AM the business day after the positive case is confirmed.