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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update:

Current Gray Stone Day School Covid Cases

Gray Stone Day School cares about the safety, health and well-being of all students and staff in school. With the guidance put forth by clinical researchers and medical providers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services(NCDHHS) we are working to minimize the spread of Covid-19. We are continuously looking at local trends and how that impacts our school community. Please continue to help support us in this multi layered approach to keep our students safe. Below are some of our strategies.

Stay Home When Sick:
One of the most important prevention strategies/guidelines is monitoring students daily for any signs of illness prior to leaving home for school. Any student who is ill or presents with COVID-like symptoms should remain at home. You may not enter Gray Stone Day School facilities if you are:

  • Diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 10 days
  • Exposed to COVID-19 within the last 14 days and not fully vaccinated
  • Instructed to quarantine
  • Sick or experiencing any of these symptoms of illness
    • 100.4° fever or higher
    • Sore, scratchy throat
    • New cough
    • New shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Diarrhea/nausea/vomiting
    • New severe headache
    • Fatigue/Muscle pain/aches

Masking:
When staff and students consistently and correctly wear a mask, they protect others as well as themselves. GSDS requires well-fitting, breathable cloth masks for everyone inside our buildings. Masks must be secured safely over the nose, mouth and under your chin, completely covering your nose and mouth. If worn correctly by all students, quarantining may be avoided.

Vaccinations:
Vaccination is currently the leading public health prevention strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic. People who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are at low risk of symptomatic or severe illness, including hospitalization or death. People who are fully vaccinated are not required to quarantine if exposed to someone positive for COVID-19, as long as they do not have symptoms.

Physical Distancing:
Based on studies from the 2020-2021 school year, CDC recommends schools maintain at least 3 feet of physical distance between students within classrooms, combined with indoor mask wearing by people who are not fully vaccinated, to reduce transmission risk. When it is not possible to maintain a physical distance of at least 3 feet, such as when schools cannot fully reopen while maintaining these distances, it is especially important to layer multiple other prevention strategies, such as indoor masking, screening testing, improved ventilation, handwashing and covering coughs and sneezes, staying home when sick with symptoms of infectious illness including COVID-19, and regular cleaning to help reduce transmission risk.

COVID-19 Reporting and Contact Tracing:
Even with thorough measures in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19 at school, anyone in the community could be exposed to the virus. To assist with maintaining a healthy school community, we ask students, staff, and visitors to notify our school ASAP if you are diagnosed with COVID-19. We are required to report cases of COVID-19 to our local health departments. We work together to conduct contact tracing and comply with quarantine requirements. Please see the Return to School Guidelines after illness.

Cleaning and Hygiene:
Staff are working diligently to sanitize high-touch areas multiple times daily. We encourage hand washing, hand sanitizing and respiratory etiquette (coughing and sneezing into a tissue or elbow) for all students and staff.

Ventilation System:
GSDS's HVAC units have been inspected and updated to provide cleaner air and circulation for our buildings.


Returning to School

Staying home when you are sick Washing your hands Wearing cloth face coverings

Since 2017, Gray Stone Day School has employed a full time Nationally Certified School Nurse. School nurses are responsible for planning, implementing, coordinating and evaluating school health services. School nurses help to maximize students’ in-class time by reducing the incidence of health related absenteeism; minimize students’ health problems; promote students’ highest degree of independent functioning; and promote student and staff awareness of healthy behaviors. Our school nurse follows federal, state and local health practice statutes, policies and procedures.

Medication Guidelines:
Students must have a Physician’s Authorization Form completed by their physician to have ANY medication at school. This includes over-the-counter medications as well as prescriptions medications. Epi-Pens, Asthma Inhalers and Diabetic supplies are the ONLY medications students may self-carry. All other medications are stored in the nurse’s office for administration.

Sick Child Guidelines:
You should keep your sick at home when:

  • Students with a temperature of 100 or above will be sent home and shall not return until fever free for 24 hours without medication.
  • Children with diarrhea, nausea or vomiting shall not attend school and shall be symptom free for 24 hours from the last episode before returning.
  • Other symptoms to keep children at home include: unidentifiable body rashes or eye redness and drainage; sore throat with fever and swollen glands; persistent deep cough.

Garrett’s Law (N.C. Senate Bill 444)
Garrett’s Law was enacted in 2004 and expanded in 2007 mandates that schools provide parents/legal guardians with information about meningococcal meningitis, flu, human papillomavirus (HPV), and vaccines that protect against these diseases.

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