COVID-19

COVID-19 is an illness caused by a newly identified type of coronavirus called Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 or SARS-CoV-2. COVID-19 is easily transmitted from person to person in close contact through the respiratory droplets released by infected persons during coughing, sneezing, or even talking. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic in March 2020.

Below you will find information about the procedures and guidelines WCSD will use this year related to illness and COVID-19.

Illness
We ask that the parent/guardian please monitor their child(ren) for illness and review our
COVID-19 Screener daily, to determine if your child(ren) is safe to attend school.

If your child or someone in the household is experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms, here are the options to safely get your child(ren) back to school:

  1. Get tested: If tests positive by molecular test (PCR/NAAT) or rapid antigen test, follow the 10 day isolation protocol for the positive case and quarantine options for the unvaccinated siblings/household members. If tests negative by rapid antigen test, then would need to follow up with a molecular test (PCR/NAAT) to confirm test results. (We cannot accept at home test results).
  2. See your Healthcare Provider: the provider must provide a Return to School letter with an alternative diagnosis to explain symptoms your child is experiencing within the letter and when the child can return.
  3. Quarantine: a minimum of 10 days for the individual with symptoms and an additional 7/10 days for the other household members.

*Siblings/household members who are vaccinated or lab confirmed COVID-19 within 90 days of diagnosis, will not need to stay home if asymptomatic.


If your child presents to the health office during the school day with COVID-19 like symptoms, the health office will contact the family to discuss these options above and send the child home.

Testing Information
WCSD has partnered with COVID Clinic to provide testing using the BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag tests on site/at school during school hours. Testing is free to our students, staff and household members.
Effective 10-25-21, our school district is NOW able to provide PCR testing (1-3 days turnaround time).


Consent
Consent must be obtained either prior to testing or at the time of testing for the individual.

  1. COVID Connect 2.0. - Directions for creating an account.
  2. Household members and staff: Need to create an account if they haven't already.
  3. Students: The testing site will let you know if your child is registered (otherwise they will need to create your child's account).
  4. This registration will only need to be completed once and is valid for the entire school year.
  5. This consent form can be withdrawn at any time by notifying the school.


Testing Location/Hours of Operation
Testing will be located at the High School, in the concession stand next to our football field. To get to this location, drive towards our Middle school building and go around the right side of building. Please follow the bright pink signs to get to the location and parking. There will be designated stalls (behind the bleachers) and signs for next steps. 

Site Days/Hours: Monday - Friday: 8 am - 2:30 pm
No appointments needed. It will be a walk-up testing site.

**Testing site is open Wednesday, November 24th and Friday, November 26th**

Testing
Samples for testing will be collected by using a nose swab (small swab put into the nose) - not a brain pick. Swabbing instructions and supervision will be provided by trained staff. For antigen testing, young children may be swabbed by their parents or tester, older children may swab themselves.

Test Results
If testing through WCSD testing site, results will be available in the patient portal - click
here. If you are still not receiving PCR results, you can call Exact Sciences Laboratory. They are open 24 hrs. 1-844-870-8870.  

Other Testing Sites


Community Test sites are also available. Please be aware of the hours of operation and age guidelines before heading to the test site. Many sites also require an appointment.

**Omro Pharmacy does offer PCR testing. Please call ahead to verify if your insurance is covered and to make an appointment. Cost $99 if insurance not covered. Results in about 1 hour. 920-685-5041

Quarantine

Positive COVID-19: 10 days of isolation and overall symptom improvement for 24 hours to return. 

Identified as a Close Contact to a positive COVID-19 person

 

• If the contact occurred outside school:

  • No quarantine required as long as no symptoms reported. Please monitor for symptoms for the full duration of the 14 days after your last exposure to the COVID positive person.

• If the contact occurred within the household:

  • Must quarantine -7/10 Day Quarantine (see Reduced Options for Quarantine for more info).
  • If vaccinated - no quarantine required as long as no symptoms reported.
  • Lab confirmed COVID-19 - no quarantine required within 90 days of diagnosis.


Families will continue to be notified of the close contact exposure from school at the elementary level only. Our MS/HS students are deemed close contacts until further notice. Although your child can attend school/school related activities, please continue to monitor for symptoms for the full duration of quarantine (14 days) after the last exposure to the COVID positive person.

Vaccine

Students and staff are not required to get the COVID-19 Vaccine to attend school/work. The COVID-19 Vaccine is available to anyone 12 years of age or older. If you would like more information on getting your COVID-19 vaccine, please visit the Winnebago County Health Department
website.
According to the CDC/DHS, people are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

If it has been less than 2 weeks since your 1-dose shot, or if you still need to get your second dose of a 2-dose vaccine, you are NOT fully protected. 

Vaccine Availability
On November 3, 2021, the FDA, CDC and Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced that children 5-11 years old are now eligible to receive the Pfizer-BioTech (Pfizer) COVID-19 Vaccine. It requires two doses 21 days apart for full protection, and is the first and only vaccine currently available for this age group.

--Where can I get vaccinated?
Omro Pharmacy - has all 3 vaccine adult vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna and J&J) available and boosters, as well as Pfizer vaccine for children 5-17 years. No appt needed, just come in during business hours. 

Your family's healthcare provider would be a great resource - as many hospital pharmacies may have vaccine availability. Please contact them for more information.

You can also check Winnebago County's website
here, for more availability in the area. 



If you have any further questions or want to discuss your situation, please contact our health office staff.

District School Nurse
Jennifer Krause, BSN RN
krausej@w-csd.org
920-582-5803 extension 3134

Health Aide                                             Health Aide
Hong Hottmann, RN                               Cathie Mavroff
hottmanh@w-csd.org                              mavroffc@w-csd.org
920-582-5803 extension 3120                 920-582-5800 extension 2168



Additional COVID-19 Resources
Center for Disease Control & Prevention: COVID-19

Wisconsin Department of Health Services: COVID-19

  • Statewide COVID-19 Hotline: 1-844-684-1064

Winnebago County Health Department: COVID-19


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