A Message from the School Nurse for the 2021-2022 School Year
Welcome back! We are really looking forward to welcoming our students back to Union School District for the 2021-2022 School Year. We hope everyone had a wonderful summer break!
Below are some guidelines from the School Nurse’s Office for the upcoming school year. There have been some changes in guidance from the Department of Health since last school year. Covid-19 continues to be in the forefront of health concerns. We are committed to having another safe and healthy school year and we continue to ask for your help in making it a success!
Asthma and Seasonal Allergies: Students with asthma and/or seasonal allergies are encouraged to see their primary care physician or allergist to receive optimum treatment, so as to decrease confusion of symptoms of Covid-19. Please provide physician documentation of normal baseline for students with allergies and asthma. Please note, per the PA Department of Health, ** we are unable to administer nebulizer treatments inside of the school building during the pandemic. Please be sure your child has their Metered Dose Inhaler (MDI) for any asthma treatments during the school day. **
Face Masks: After review of the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and PA Department of Health recommendations on mask use, Union School District will not require the use of face masks in the school buildings by students, staff, or visitors. However, if you or your child feel more comfortable with wearing a mask, it is optional. Optional face mask use also applies to staff and visitors. We understand that there are different views on the use of face masks in the community, and we want to assure you that families should feel comfortable in making the choice that is best for their family. Union School District remains committed to keeping our students and staff healthy and safe. If face mask guidance changes from the State level, families will be notified via the One Call system.
Masks on School Buses: Per the current PDE order, face masks are required to be worn on school buses by all students and drivers. If this order changes prior to the start of the school year, families will be notified of any changes in guidance.
Please follow the link for guidance of the proper use of face masks, “How to Safely Wear and Take Off a Face Covering,” on our website. It is important when removing your mask to avoid touching the outside to prevent germ transmission. After removing masks, please either wash your hands or use hand sanitizer. We would also like to remind parents to wash face masks daily to prevent the spread of germs.
Covid 19 Vaccine: It is also important to note that Union School District cannot administer vaccinations, mandate vaccinations, or inquire who has or has not been vaccinated.
Student Personal Supplies: If you would like to send your child to school with their own tissues, hand sanitizer (made of at least 60% alcohol), and/or gloves, you are welcome to do so! MUST BE LATEX-FREE GLOVES (ex. Powder-Free Nitrile or Vinyl are acceptable).
The School Nurse’s Office remains a “HOT SPOT” for any potential Covid-19 cases. Therefore, we are trying to limit non-emergent visits to the Nurse’s Office in effort to mitigate the potential spread of Covid-19 in our community. This year, we are again permitting and encouraging students to carry their own contact solution, cough drops, and lip balm (roll on or Chapstick type only). Student’s own supplies are not permitted to be shared with other students.
The following are a few of the CDC Guidelines which Union School District will follow as it pertains to School Health. Parents will be asked to complete a health screening for their children each morning prior to leaving the home. Please follow the “Parent Screening Tool” guidelines. If your child has symptoms, please keep them home from school and follow the recommendations.
Please do not send your child to school if you have given him/her Tylenol or Motrin to reduce a fever of 100.4 or greater.
If a student is sent home for school due to symptoms of Covid-19, the student will be isolated in a quarantine room until parent or designated person is able to pick the student up. It is very important to keep the school updated on any changes to phone numbers or alternate contact information. We are asking that you have someone who is able to pick up your child immediately to avoid any potential spread to students and staff. Once you pick them up, please take them directly home. Contact primary care physician for instruction. Students will be required to have a negative Covid PCR test or an excuse from the student’s primary care physician. Follow the same guidelines for return to school that are listed on the “Parent Screening Tool”. Please keep in mind that guidance from the CDC and PA Department of Health may change based on current research and evolving Covid-19 variants. Union School District continues to closely follow their guidance and will update families if any changes occur.
If you have any questions, please reach out to the nurse in your child’s building.
Mary Sweeney, BSN, RN, CSN Megan Corle, LPN
Certified School Nurse Sligo Elementary School
Union High School