Prior to COVID-19 Detection
- Develop information sharing systems with partners.
- Communications email from Mrs. Lyndsey or Ms. Galina
- Monitor and plan for absenteeism.
- Google Classroom, Class Dojo, work packets for lower grades, & Zoom for extended absences or in the case of a school closure due to COVID-19.
- Establish procedures for students and staff who are sick at school or school-related events.
- Students or staff members will be isolated in the nurse’s suite prior to leaving school.
- Student/staff members will not be permitted back until the criteria laid out in school illness policy are met.
- Perform routine environmental cleaning.
- Mr. Luy is taking charge of ensuring proper cleaning of both campuses including door knobs and handles.
- Create communications plans for use with the school community.
- Messages will be sent out via email, social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) and the school website.
- Review CDCs guidance for businesses and employers.
- Share resources with students, their families, and staff.
- Promote messages that encourage staff and students who are sick to stay home.
- Update and distribute timely and accurate prevention information.
- Mrs. Lyndsey will send regular updates to all stakeholders. Ms. Galina will do so in her absence.
- Provide additional hand hygiene supplies, as well as, tissues throughout the school building.
- Maintain masks onsite in case someone becomes ill.
- Identify a space that can be used to isolate staff or students who become ill.
- Nurse’s suite
- Field trips have been placed on a temporary freeze until further notice.
Once COVID-19 is Detected
- In partnership with the Fairfax County Health Department, Mrs. Lyndsey will determine if, when, and for how long school may need to be dismissed. This will be done in partnership with the Fairfax County Health Department.
- Local health officials may recommend temporary school dismissals if a student or staff member attended school prior to being confirmed as a COVID-19 case.
- Pinnacle will work with the local health department and other relevant leadership to communicate the possible COVID-19 exposure.
- If a student or staff member has been identified with COVID-19, school and program administrators will seek guidance from local health officials to determine when students and staff should return to school and what additional steps are needed for the school community.
- If school is dismissed, Pinnacle will ensure continuity of education via Google Classroom and Zoom.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Face Masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a healthcare facility).
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website
These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers
There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. For severe cases, treatment should include care to support vital organ functions.
People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.
See Interim Guidance for Healthcare Professionals for information on persons under investigation.
Should I Send My Child to School?
The suggestions below are for children Pre-K to 18 years of age. Recommendations may be different for children under the age of 2.
|Common Cold & Coronavirus Symptoms|
NO – if you or your child have the following symptoms, which may appear 2-14 days after exposure.*
Shortness of breath
**This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses.
|Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)||NO – if there is discharge from the eye, your child must be evaluated by a healthcare provider before returning to school.|
Fever usually means illness, especially if your child has a fever of 100.4 or high-and is not feeling well with other symptoms such as behavior change, rash, sore throat, vomiting etc.
|NO – If your child has a temperature of 100.4 or higher, keep him or her at home until his or her fever is below 100.4 for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication. If the fever does not go away after 2-3 days or is 102.0 or higher, you should consult a healthcare provider.|
Frequent, loose, or watery stool may mean illness but can also be caused by food and medication
|NO – If, in addition to diarrhea, your child acts ill, or is vomiting, it is recommended to keep him or her at home for 24 hours. If stool is bloody, or if the child has abdominal pain, fever or vomiting, you should consult a healthcare provider.|
Child has vomited
NO – If your child shows other signs of illness, keep your child at home until the vomiting has stopped for 24 hours. If vomiting continues, contact a healthcare provider.
YES- if vomiting is due to motion sickness, vigorous activity, overeating or eating too fast, or heat.
Severe, uncontrolled, rapid coughing, wheezing, or difficulty breathing
|NO – Keep your child home and contact a healthcare provider. If symptoms are due to asthma, provide treatment according to your child’s physician/healthcare provider. When your child does not need to use his or her inhaler or medication more frequently than every 4 hours, or as ordered, he or she may return to school.|
NO –If a rash spreads quickly, is not healing, or has open weeping wounds you should keep your child at home and have him or her seen by a healthcare provider. Your child may return to school if the health care provider states the child is not contagious.
YES – If the cause of the rash is known and non contagious with a note from the doctor, please notify the front office.
Sore throat, fever, stomach ache, and red, swollen tonsils
Strep throat should be diagnosed by the health care provider.
NO – If your child is diagnosed with strep throat, keep your child at home for the first 24 hours after an antibiotic is begun.
Vaccine Preventable Diseases
Chicken Pox – fever, headache, stomach ache or sore throat, then a red itchy skin rash develops on the stomach first then limbs and face.
Measles & Rubella (German Measles) – swollen glands, rash that starts behind ears followed by the face and the rest of the body, sore joints, mild fever and cough, red eyes
Mumps – fever, headache, muscle aches, loss of appetite, swollen tender salivary glands
Pertussis (Whooping Cough) – many rapid coughs followed by a high- pitched “whoop,” vomiting, very tired
|NO – Keep your child at home until a health care provider has determined that your child is not contagious.|
This information is based upon recommended guidelines from reliable sources to include the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), American Academy of Pediatrics, and Public Health Association. Materials developed by the Alameda County Public Health Department
Steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick
Stay home to get medical care
- Stay home: People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness. You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care.
- Avoid public areas:Do not go to work, school, or public areas.
- Avoid public transportation: Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home
Stay away from others: As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.
Limit contact with pets & animals: You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus.
When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. If you are sick with COVID-19, avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets and wear a facemask. See COVID-19 and Animals for more information.
Call ahead before visiting your doctor
Call ahead: If you have a medical appointment, call the healthcare provider and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.
Wear a facemask if you are sick
If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) or pets and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office.
If you are caring for others: If the person who is sick is not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then people who live with the person who is sick should not stay in the same room with them, or they should wear a facemask if they enter a room with the person who is sick.
Cover your coughs and sneezes
- Cover: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Dispose: Throw used tissues in a lined trash can.
- Wash hands: Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or, if soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Clean your hands often
Wash hands: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
Hand sanitizer: If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry.
Soap and water: Soap and water are the best option if hands are visibly dirty.
Avoid touching: Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid sharing personal household items
Do not share: You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in your home.
Wash thoroughly after use: After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water.
Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday
Clean and disinfect: Practice routine cleaning of high touch surfaces.
High touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables.
Disinfect areas with bodily fluids: Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them.
Household cleaners: Use a household cleaning spray or wipe, according to the label instructions. Labels contain instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning product including precautions you should take when applying the product, such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.
Monitor your symptoms
Seek medical attention: Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g., difficulty breathing).
Call your doctor: Before seeking care, call your healthcare provider and tell them that you have, or are being evaluated for, COVID-19.
Wear a facemask when sick: Put on a facemask before you enter the facility. These steps will help the healthcare provider’s office to keep other people in the office or waiting room from getting infected or exposed.
Alert health department: Ask your healthcare provider to call the local or state health department. Persons who are placed under active monitoring or facilitated self-monitoring should follow instructions provided by their local health department or occupational health professionals, as appropriate.
Discontinuing home isolation
Stay at home until instructed to leave: Patients with confirmed COVID-19 should remain under home isolation precautions until the risk of secondary transmission to others is thought to be low.
Talk to your healthcare provider: The decision to discontinue home isolation precautions should be made on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with healthcare providers and state and local health departments.