Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that is thought to have originated with an animal source, but became a pandemic among people. It is recognized that COVID-19 is primarily spread between people who are in close contact with one another - through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. There is also evidence to suggest further spread by touching a surface or object that the virus landed on, then touching one’s face (mouth, nose, or eyes). The majority of people diagnosed with COVID-19 generally experience mild to severe respiratory illness symptoms: fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.
The unknown progression of this virus and the effect on our daily lives can cause fear, anxiety, speculation, and stigma. The entire Country Day community is navigating this together. Overall safety and progress depends upon community respect, flexibility, diligence, and trust.
In order to protect our entire school community and prevent the spread of COVID-19, we are partnering with Atrium Health in our efforts to mitigate risk and monitor exposure.
We will follow the protocols below with guidance from Atrium Healthcare:
- Monitor and consider current federal and state guidelines and recommendations
- Educate employees, families and students on personal protective equipment (PPE) and encourage best practice
- Post the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 in approved areas around campus
- Regularly disinfect common surfaces that are frequently touched (Ex: shared desks, sink handles, shared meeting spaces, electronics, doorknobs, etc.)
- Limit and/or reimagine events and meetings that include large numbers or require close contact
- Follow current CCDS emergency plan for possible outbreak
- Assess community members that are at higher risk and plan accordingly (Ex: recommend additional precautions such as remote participation options, dedicated space/resources, encourage PPE, heightened monitoring for signs and symptoms of illness, etc.)
COVID-19 is a new disease with evolving information regarding risk factors, testing, and outcomes for severe illness. Out of an abundance of caution, screening measures will be conservative and aggressive to reduce risks and promote the safety of employees and students. Based on available information and clinical expertise, it appears that older adults and people of any age who have underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19:
- People age 65+
- People with underlying medical conditions including, but not limited to:
- Chronic lung disease
- Moderate to severe asthma
- Serious heart conditions
- Immunocompromise (Ex: anyone undergoing or having recently undergone cancer treatment, bone marrow or organ transplantation, autoimmune disease or other immune deficiencies, HIV or AIDS, prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications, smokers, etc.)
- Severe obesity
- Chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
- Liver disease
Most people within the Country Day community fall within the low risk category, however like with any illness, heightened screening for those higher risk individuals will help to keep the entire community safer.
All current Country Day parents and employees are required to complete annual health forms within the Magnus Health Portal including a new medical risk assessment. Daily assessments and screening will be necessary. We will rely upon a diverse method of self-reporting through the Magnus Health Portal V2 app, independent precaution, and symptom evaluation by the Nurses, Atrium Healthcare staff, and other licensed practitioners to inform the up-to-date risk level for the school.