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Daily Health Screening Information

September 4, 2020

An important part of our efforts to promote the health and safety of everyone in our community as we reopen schools is the detection of an individual displaying symptoms of COVID-19 as well as the potential for exposure to COVID-19. As part of this, we have established a process for daily health screenings, including temperature checks, for all students, staff members and school visitors. This is a required element of school reopening plans in our state.

For students, we will accomplish these screenings through the use of the Pinpoint Health tool online.

  • For families, the first alert is sent to the first two contacts connected to each child, but only one person needs to reply. The two contacts will get one alert per household for ALL your children.
  • Each morning, you will receive the alert (either by text or email). This alert is sent around 6:20 a.m.
  • The screener will take less than 1 minute.
  • Complete the screener before your child leaves for school. We understand students may be leaving their home at different times due to parent work schedules or busing.
  • Completing the Screening Tool
    • If the answers are the same for multiple children in the household, you will select all children and only complete the screener one time.
    • If the answers are different for any of the children in your household, you will complete the screening questions for that child separately. You can reuse the link to complete it for the other children in the household.
    • If you respond “yes” for a child, a notification will be sent to the school nurse and administrator. Only the child(ren) that you responded “yes” to for any of the questions need to stay home. It is recommended that you follow up with your healthcare provider.
    • The building principal and nurse will receive notifications of students who do not respond to the daily screener. The nurse or administrator will follow up with the families.
    • Do NOT forward or share the email or text alert with anyone, unless you need them to complete the screener on your behalf. The link is unique to the children in your household.
  • If you need help with the screening tool, fill out this form.

How do I use the tool?

Consistent with state guidance, we are asking families to take their child’s temperature before they leave for school each day and check for other symptoms associated with COVID-19. Symptoms of COVID-19 may include: fever or chills; cough; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; fatigue; muscle or body aches; headache; new loss of taste or smell; sore throat; congestion or runny nose; nausea or vomiting; or diarrhea. Symptoms that occur as a result of preexisting conditions do not need to be reported.

Anyone who has a temperature of 100.0°F or greater, who displays COVID-19 symptoms or who answers “Yes” to a screening question cannot come to school. If your child has a temperature of 100.0°F or greater or any of the symptoms mentioned above, you should contact your healthcare provider.

We will also be asking you to respond to questions designed to identify the potential risk of your child being exposed to COVID-19 on a periodic basis.

  • Has your child (or children) knowingly been in close contact in the past 10 days with anyone who has tested positive or anyone who has symptoms and is awaiting results?
  • Has your child (or children) tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID-19 in the past 10 days, or is your child (children) awaiting test results?
  • Has you child (or children) experienced any symptoms of COVID-19 within the past 48 hours? Some symptoms may occur with preexisting conditions such as allergies or migraines. Only answer “yes” if your symptoms are NEW or WORSENING.
  • Has your child (or children) experienced a fever with a temperature of greater than 100.0 degrees F in the past 48 hours?
  • Has your children (or children) traveled internationally or from a state with widespread community transmission of COVID-19 per the New York State Travel Advisory in the past 10 days?

The health checks are an important part of efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, and we will be sending you regular reminders about the importance of completing the screenings at home. We would also like to note:

  • If a child/family has not completed the self-screening prior to arriving at school, the building administrator and school nurse will be notified.
  • Students who do not have their temperature checked at home may have their temperature checked at school. Those who have a temperature greater than 100.0°F will be brought to an isolated area at school until a family member can pick them up. The family will be referred to their healthcare provider and provided with information about COVID-19 testing.
  • Data from the daily health screenings will be maintained for contact tracing purposes only and is in compliance with HIPAA and Ed Law 2D (health and data privacy laws that pertain to personal information).
  • If the answer to any question for a child is “Yes,” only that child has to stay home. Siblings are not required to stay home.
  • If you need any assistance or have questions about how to complete the screening, please complete this form.

Frequently Asked Questions

If my child is in hybrid, when do I fill this out?
You only need to complete the screener on the days that your child will be IN PERSON and going into the school building.

My child is in Virtual School, do I have to fill this out?
No. The screener is only for anyone coming into the building.

How is the household set up?
Students are set up in households based on the primary contact currently in Schooltool. There may be circumstances when a primary contact receives more than one screening form. This occurs when students have the same primary contact but different secondary contacts. We understand that this may not capture all families so if you need to update this information, please fill out this Google form to request a change:

Why is the daily screener going to two contacts?
This is to capture any families that may have different schedules for their students based on custody and childcare arrangements. Only one response per household is required.

What happens if I answer “Yes” to any of the questions?
Once it is submitted, the form will tell you to keep the child (or children) home and to connect with a healthcare provider. The school nurse and/or a building principal will also contact you.

Why are we screening students, faculty and staff every day? Can I opt out?
We are screening students daily because it is a part of the state’s guidance requirement and is a way to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission. The district is required to ensure that all students and staff screen each day. You cannot opt out.

How will I know my answers are secure and safe?
Pinpoint is compliant with New York State Ed Law 2-d ensuring strict protections of any student data that is collected. It is also HIPAA compliant as the questions do not ask any specific health related questions outside of the required COVID-19 questions. Pinpoint has a signed data privacy policy to ensure it meets the requirements of the law.

Who can see my child’s information?
The building principal and nurse have access to the information so that they may follow up with families.

What if I don’t receive a link?
You can reuse the link from the previous day. The link is unique to your household.

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation in keeping our South Glens Falls Bulldog family safe.

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