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Covid 19 Symptoms: Note from the School Nurse.
Posted 12/1/21

Hello Oñate Community.

Thank you for your support in keeping your student home when they are reporting Covid-like symptoms. Please know that we do our best to discern if these symptoms are the result of a chronic condition, such as asthma, allergies, or anxiety, or possibly from Covid-19. Unfortunately, there is no way to really tell the difference without a PCR test for Covid-19. We take the risk of community spread seriously at Oñate Elementary School, especially with the number of cases in the community increasing and since we have a predominately unvaccinated population of 12 and under.

Please continue to check in with your students in the morning before school. If they complain about any Covid-like symptoms to you, please keep them home. If sent to school when they are feeling unwell, there is a good chance they are going to complain at school or to their teacher and will end up in the health office. APS requires that a student be sent home to isolate for symptoms of Covid-19 with the recommendation of getting a PCR Covid test.  The student may return after a 10 day isolation period at home or a negative PCR Covid test result. 

I am also attaching a flyer for the new testing site available for APS students at the Berna-Facio APS Professional development building located at 3315 Louisiana Blvd. NE. If you proactively test your child for Covid, please wait until the result is received as negative before sending them back to school. 

The daily passive screening questions can still help to make decisions on whether to send or keep your student home EACH day. Is your student exhibiting any of the following symptoms: Temp 100.4 or greater, chills, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, cough (dry or productive), vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, loss of smell/taste, fatigue, muscle or body aches, or headache. Fever needs to be resolved for a minimum of 24 hours without fever-reducing medication before sending your student back to school. Symptoms need to be significantly resolved before returning to school. All these symptoms are based on what is normal for your student…A change in their baseline. It is always better to stay home when not sure what to decide! This information is available on the APS Home page under the large headline 'Covid-19 Updates for APS'.

Sometimes a student's chronic health condition, such as asthma or allergies may present with Covid-like symptoms. In this case, a signed doctor's note stating what their baseline symptoms are may be accepted when there are no doctor's orders on file or no medication at school.

We all want our students to be in school every day. Let's take a proactive approach of attending when well and staying home when sick to keep Oñate Elementary School a healthy and safe learning environment for all. 

As always, please contact us with any questions or concerns. 

Theresa Fullerton, Principal- or 505-291-6819

Kara Flaherty, School Nurse- or 505-291-6819, menu option #3.