• Thomas Fleming School Nurse

    Danielle Knuth, MSN, RN

    Email: dknuth@ewsd.org

    Phone: 802-857-7789

    Fax: 802-879-5598

     

  • Washing hands COVID-19 and Our Schools

    Your EWSD nurses are here to support the health and wellness of our entire school community. We are all aware of the prolonged flu season and the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.  The District continues to follow preventative and response guidelines offered by the Vermont Department of Health (VDH) and Vermont Agency of Education (AOE).

    Your building nurse is available for any questions or concerns you may have regarding any illness or symptoms.

    For District updates related to COVID-19, and helpful tips on staying healthy, please visit our EWSD page on the novel coronavirus. (Opens in a new window.)

    New Winter Guidelines 2022: 

    If you test positive for the COVID virus:

    • Stay home and isolate for five days
    • You can leave your home after five days if your symptoms have improved AND you have had no fever for at least 24 hours without the use of medicine that reduces fever

     

    If you are a close contact to someone who has tested positive for COVID and are up to date with your COVID vaccine:

    • You do not need to quarantine
    • If you develop symptoms at any time, get tested

     

    If you are a close contact and are unvaccinated:

    • You do not need to quarantine
    • No earlier than day four, take two antigen tests 24 hours apart (or longer) OR
    • On or after day five take a PCR or LAMP test
      • Contact your school if you need antigen test kits
    • If you develop symptoms at any time, get tested

     

    EWSD School Guidelines

    • Students and staff should stay home if they are ill
      • It is recommended they undergo COVID testing. If COVID testing is not done, the individual may return to school if their symptoms have improved, there is no diarrhea/vomiting for 24 hours or longer, and they have been fever-free for 24+ hours without the use of medication.
    • If symptoms develop during the school day:
      • With permission, a LAMP or rapid test will be administered in the school health office. If there is no consent, the individual will need to go home and remain out of school until symptoms have improved, there is no diarrhea/vomiting for 24 hours or longer, and they are fever-free for over  24 hours without the use of medication.
      • If the test is positive, the individual will go home and follow the isolation guidelines for a positive test 
      • If the test is negative but the student is unable to remain in school, the school nurse will consult with the staff member or parent/guardian regarding further testing and the return to school
      • If an antigen or LAMP test is negative, symptoms are mild and can be attributed to another diagnosis, the individual may remain in school. This decision should be made by the school nurse.
    • Symptomatic and COVID-positive individuals will be asked to wear a mask while waiting to go home.

     

    Rapid (antigen) test kits are available in each school. Please fill out this form for PreK-5 students or contact your school nurse if you are in need of test kits. Please reach out if you would like kN95 masks as well.