General Health Guidelines



General Health Guidelines for the District/School Site:

  1. Conduct daily health checks of staff and students. (Temperature screener). Health checks must be conducted in a safe and respectful manner, and in accordance with privacy laws and regulations.

  2. Schedule (when age and developmentally appropriate) regular hand-washing activities with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds, throughout the day (i.e. upon arrival at school, after bathroom breaks, before and after eating, whenever hands are visibly dirty, if cough and sneeze). If soap and water are not readily available, hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol can be used (for staff and older children who can safely use hand sanitizer)

  3. Students should not be using cleaning products (e.g., Clorox Wipes).


General Guidelines for All Students:

1. Stay home if tested positive for COVID-19 or suspected of having COVID-19. Communicate with New Mexico Department of Health @ 1-855-600 3453.

2. Notify the school nurse, nursing staff or district lead nurse if tested positive for COVID-19.

3. Stay home if experiencing illness of any kind, including but not limited to:

a. Fever of 100.0F or higher

b. Chills

c. Shortness of breath

d. Difficulty breathing

e. Sore throat

f. Muscle pain

g. Loss of ability to smell or taste

h. Vomiting

i. Diarrhea

j. Runny nose

k. Congestion

 

4. Stay home if recently in direct contact (less than 6 feet for minimum of 3 minutes or longer) with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.

5. Participate in scheduled (when age and developmentally appropriate ) regular hand washing activities with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds, throughout the day. (i.e. upon arrival at school, after bathroom breaks, before and after eating, whenever hands are visibly dirty, if cough and sneeze). If soap and water are not readily available, hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol can be used (for staff and older children who can safely use hand sanitizer).

6. Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Used tissues should be thrown in the trash and hands washed immediately with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

7. Students should wear face coverings (3 years and older/particularly with older students) as feasible, especially when physical distancing is difficult.

8. Face coverings should be worn at all times except while eating, drinking, exercising, medical requirements, and/or if students are unable to remove masks on their own, without assistance.

a. Children and youth with severe cognitive or respiratory impairments may not be able to tolerate a face mask, so special precautions and considerations must be applied for these students.

b. Children who are considered high-risk or severely immunocompromised are encouraged to wear an N95 mask for protection rather than a cloth covering.

c. Children between the ages of 3 and 5 must be supervised if they are wearing a face covering.

d. Staff should use their best judgment on when to remove a child’s face covering; if it is harmful, creating discomfort or resulting in a child frequently touching their face.

e. If a child cannot remove the mask on their own, without assistance, even if they are over the age of 3, they should not wear a mask. (reference NMDOH)

9. Practice physical distancing. Keep 6 feet apart.

10. Refrain from sharing items that are difficult to clean or disinfect.

11. Encouraged to bring their own water to minimize use and touching of water fountains.

12. Sit 6 feet apart when feasible.

13. Sit in the same direction (rather than facing each other) as their peers.

14. Sit on only one side of tables, spaced 6 feet apart.

15. Use their own school supplies to the extent possible, including electronic devices, toys, books, and other learning tools. If it is not feasible to have students use their own supplies and equipment, limit the use by one group of children at a time and clean and disinfect between use.

16. Students who are experiencing acute asthma symptoms or attacks should not attend school until they are clear to do so by their healthcare provider.

 


 

General Guidelines for All Staff:

1. Stay home if experiencing illness of any kind, including but not limited to:

a. Fever of 100.0F or higher

b. Chills

c. Shortness of breath

d. Difficulty breathing

e. Sore throat

f. Muscle pain

g. Loss of ability to smell or taste

h. Vomiting

i. Diarrhea

j. Runny nose

k. Congestion

2. Stay home if tested positive for COVID-19 or suspected of having COVID-19.

3. Communicate with New Mexico Department of Health @ 1-855-600 3453. The Department of Health will issue guidance and when it is safe to return to work.

4. Get tested for COVID-19.

5. Inform immediate supervisor if tested positive for COVID-19.

6. Travel: Staff who have traveled to/from an affected areas, who have traveled outside of New Mexico (but not to currently known high-risk areas) or who are contemplating upcoming out-of-state travel, will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon return and contact the NMDOH for further recommendations. Staff will be required to take sick, personal or annual leave.

7. Stay home if recently in direct contact (less than 6 feet for minimum of 3 minutes or longer) with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.

8. Face covering is required of adults as per current state public health orders unless exempt due to a medical condition. At which time staff would need to present doctor’s orders. Face coverings are not a substitute for physical distancing.

9. Participate in scheduled regular hand-washing activities with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds, throughout the day (i.e. upon arrival at school , after bathroom breaks, before and after eating, whenever hands are visibly dirty, if cough and sneeze). If soap and water are not readily available, hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol can be used (for staff who can safely use hand sanitizer).

10. Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Used tissues should be thrown in the trash and hands washed immediately with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

11. Practice physical distancing. Keep 6 feet apart.

12. Monitor your classroom ventilation system to ensure it is operating properly. Report issues to your site administrator. It is the responsibility of the maintenance department to maintain optimal air quality. We are working hard on this and will have systems set to provide more outside air and/or better filtration.

13. Staff are encouraged to bring their own water to minimize use and touching of water fountains.

14. Refrain from sharing items that are difficult to clean or disinfect.

15. Any staff who has to be in close proximity with students (less than 6 feet) based on their roles and responsibilities must wear hospital-grade Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). N95 respirators that must be fit tested, face shield or goggles, gloves, and protective gowns.



 
General Guidelines for All Visitors:

1. Limit any nonessential visitors, volunteers, and activities involving external groups or organizations as possible –especially with individuals who are not from the local geographic area (e.g., community, town, city, county).

2. Stay home if experiencing illness of any kind. Stay home if experiencing illness of any kind, including but not limited to:

a. Fever of 100.0F or higher

b. Chills

c. Shortness of breath

d. Difficulty breathing

e. Sore throat

f. Muscle pain

g. Loss of ability to smell or taste

h. Vomiting

i. Diarrhea

j. Runny nose

        k. Congestion

3. Stay home if recently in direct contact (less than 6 feet for minimum of 3 minutes or longer) with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.

4. Stay home if tested positive for COVID-19 or suspected if have COVID-19. Communicate with New Mexico Department of Health @ 1-855-600 3453.

5. Face covering is required of adults as per current state public health orders unless exempt due to medical condition. Face coverings are not a substitute for physical distancing.

6. Practice physical distancing. Keep 6 feet apart.

7. Refrain from sharing items that are difficult to clean or disinfect.

8. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own water to minimize use and touching of water fountains.

 

 


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