Assalamu Alaikum GSA Family,
With the flu season upon us and the recent rise in COVID-19 cases, myself along with GSA’s administrative staff would like to share with you all some of the steps that we have been taking and will continue to take to prevent the spread of COVID-19 or any other respiratory illness.
- Weekly COVID-19 screening questionnaire required of faculty, staff, and students.
- Temperature checks on everyone prior to coming onto GSA’s campus.
- Face masks required while on GSA’s campus.
- Social distancing
- Our classrooms and facilities are regularly sanitized to reduce the spread of germs.
- Informational posters and flyers located throughout the school reminding everyone of the COVID-19 symptoms and prevention measures.
To reduce the potential for any illness, please remind your family that the most effective way to stay healthy and minimize the spread of infectious disease is to follow basic health practices, including:
- Enforcing good hygiene, like washing hands thoroughly with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick and notify your primary care provider or the school nurse for further guidance.
GSA will strictly enforce the following COVID-19 Sick Day Guidelines until further notice:
- If you are symptomatic with no known exposure to COVID-19 – Stay home and return to school or work after symptoms end (24 hours symptom free/fever free without the use of any medication).
- Absence of symptoms but had close contact with someone who has COVID-19 – Stay home and return to school or work after 14 days have passed since last exposure.
- If you are COVID-19 Positive – Stay home and return to school or work if all of the following 3 criterias are met:
- At least 10 days have passed since symptom onset.
- At least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medication.
- Other symptoms have improved.
Brick & mortar students who are instructed to stay home due to any COVID-19 related reason will be allowed to attend virtual classes for the duration of their illness/recovery.
Feel free to email me at email@example.com if you have any questions or concerns.
For more information on how you can protect your family, go to cdc.gov.
Sheila D’Metayer, RN
GSA School Nurse