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, or someone in the household is awaiting COVID-19 test results, please keep your child(ren) home until we can rule in/out COVID-19 and notify the school to determine next steps. Here are the options to safely get your child(ren) back to school:

  1. Get tested: must be a molecular test (PCR/NAAT) or can be a rapid antigen test if symptomatic and tests positive. *Home testing results are not accepted. Test results must be lab confirmed.
  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 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. We will allow siblings/household members to remain at school for the remainder of the day to give families a 24 hour grace period to determine their next steps.

Testing Information
WCSD has partnered with Exact Science Laboratory to provide testing using the BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag test kits and PCR testing on site/at school during school hours. Testing is free to our students and staff. The turnaround time for PCR testing is 24-48 hours.

Consent
Families/Staff will need to complete two consent forms:

  1. WCSD Student Consent form must be completed by the parent/guardian or individual prior to testing. This form is valid for one year.
  2. Pre-register with COVIDConnect. This must be done every time the child/individual is tested. This is so Exact Science Laboratory, LLC can test the specimens collected and provide you with results.
Testing/Results
Families will need to contact the health office staff to make an appointment.

Office Hours: Monday - Friday: 7 am - 3:30 pm

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

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. Young children may be swabbed by their parents, older children may swab themselves.


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. Locations can be found
here.

**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 at school/school related activities:

  • No quarantine required as long as no symptoms reported.

• If the contact occurred outside of school (daycares, sports/clubs not affiliated with school, work or within your 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. Although your child can attend school/school related activities, be sure to check with outside agencies regarding their COVID-19 guidelines to determine if your child can still attend/participate.

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. 

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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