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WSSD Info: COVID Symptom Monitoring & Notification

October 16, 2020

Dear WSSD Families & Staff,

I’m writing to you today about COVID symptom monitoring and notification.  As the weeks progress and positive cases present in our schools, parents/guardians and staff will be notified as follows:

  • We will send a general notification to the parents/guardians and staff members in a building whenever there is a potential COVID-19 exposure.  (sample notification) 
  • If students and/or staff are deemed to have been in close contact with a potential COVID-19 exposure, an additional notification will be sent to those individuals.  (sample parent/guardian notification)  (sample staff notification) 
  • As a District, we will add a COVID-19 Data Chart on our website to keep the community informed weekly of these in-school COVID-19 positive cases. 

If a student or staff member who tests positive was in our building during the contagious period, we will work with the Chester County Health Department to support contact tracing.  Contact tracing includes: 

  • Identifying those individuals who were in our buildings or on our buses and were less than six feet from the COVID-19 positive person for more than 15 minutes.
  • Please note: It is important to remind our students to remain socially distant from others even when wearing masks, during recess, and while waiting for the bus.

If your child must quarantine due to a close contact at school, we will provide you with the Close Contact Information Sheetoutlining the steps to follow. Your child’s building principal will work with you regarding your child’s plan for instruction. Unless notified otherwise, the siblings of students who have been advised to quarantine are permitted to attend school. Those siblings were not in direct contact with the COVID-19 positive person. 

You will be asked to monitor your child for symptoms of COVID-19. These symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, abnormal sense of taste and smell, sore throat, muscle pain, headache, congestion, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. If your child develops any of these symptoms, please keep them home, and contact your physician.

Please remember to screen your child before leaving for school in the morning using the Symptom Monitoring Tracker.  This should be completed on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the school day.  Children who exhibit symptoms should stay at home; doing so will help to keep our classrooms and schools open.  If your child develops symptoms while at school, you will be contacted to pick up your child and will receive the Symptomatic Student Information Sheet.

We ask you to notify our school nurses when you have a positive COVID test result or you have been exposed to someone who has a positive COVID test result.  Why?  Because we need to contact the Chester County Health Department.  The CCHD will ultimately receive the information about positive COVID cases, but the sharing is not instantaneous.  There have been times when we have been the first entity to notify the CCHD about a positive case.  This notification allows them to begin their contact tracing sooner. 

Please remember too...

  • Keep your child home if they are sick
  • Contact our school nurses when you have exposure or are unsure if your child should come to school
  • Cooperate with the CCHD if they reach out to you about contact tracing
  • Complete the Symptom Monitoring Tracker for each of your children

The Wallingford-Swarthmore School District is committed to protecting the health and safety of our students, staff, and families.

Lisa Palmer, Superintendent of Schools