Rules for health screenings explained as schools wait on state reopening approval

Lynette Adams
Updated: August 03, 2020 05:22 PM
Created: August 03, 2020 05:15 AM

IRONDEQUOIT, N.Y. (WHEC) — One of the most important parts of this school year will be screening kids and teachers.

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Daily screenings are a big part of bringing students and teachers back to the classroom. It's also one of the issues the Finger Lakes Reopening Schools Safely Task Force has grappled with.

The task force is made up of 40 parents, educators, health professionals and government leaders. The decisions of the task force will impact schools in the 13-county Finger Lakes region. While school districts may choose various reopening plans, the rules for screening will be consistent across the region.

A fever is one of the markers for COVID-19 so every morning families will be expected to take the temperature of every child heading into schools that day. The same will be expected of teachers and other district staff.

"If someone is symptom-free they can come to work, they can come to school,” Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES Superintendent Jo Anne Antonacci said. “If there is a symptom that someone has they need to stay home. They follow up with the school district and then we would follow up with the worker or with the family."

Temperature checks are aimed at keeping sick people at home.

However, if a student becomes ill on the school campus, he or she will be isolated and supervised until a parent can come for the child. Staff would also leave the school campus.

All cases would be reported to the health department.

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