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COVID-19 School Nurse Information

Health eTools Daily Screening

Gwynedd-Mercy Academy Elementary will follow the Wissahickon School District and Montgomery County Health Department Guidelines regarding best practices in the Nurse's Office, as well as guidelines regarding exclusion from and return to school. Upon a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, GMA will follow protocols and notify the Montgomery County Health Department. GMA will be following the instructions and policies of the Montgomery County Health Department and Wissahickon School District Health Office.

The Wissahickon School District complies with the direction of health agencies such as the Office of Public Health of Montgomery County and the PA Department of Health in matters of communicable illness.  If there were a confirmed case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus in our school community, the Office of Public Health would immediately notify us and provide guidance and information for distribution to our families.

GMAE will follow the WSD guidelines regarding exclusion from and return to school. These guidelines are based on the Montgomery County guidelines included in our plan for reopening. Students will be dismissed from school if they have :

(1) *Two of the following symptoms: fever, chills, fatigue, myalgia, headache, sore throat, congestion, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or new loss of taste or smell OR (2)*One of the following symptoms: fever (100.4 or above), cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing It is then recommended that the parent contact the child's health care provider and follow the recommendations given.  

A return to school will be based on the Montgomery County Department of Health COVID-19 School Exclusion Requirements.

Gwynedd-Mercy Academy has included daily student/faculty/staff health screening before arrival at school in our reopening plan. This choice was based upon the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendation that students be screened at home not upon arrival at school.

In order for the survey to work well as a tool for detecting and preventing illness in our school, parents of all students attending school In-Person must perform a daily web-based symptom check on their children. This survey must be submitted by 7:00 AM every school day. Students whose parents have not completed the symptom check on any given day will not be permitted to attend school.

The platform that we are using is connected to Health eTools, the software that we use to maintain our student health records. In addition to giving us a tool to survey the health status of our students, faculty and staff, the software will be very helpful if we have positive cases of or exposure to COVID-19.