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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update:

Gray Stone Family,

As of March 3rd, health officials confirmed the first case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in North Carolina. While we all hoped this moment would not come, we have been preparing. We have been communicating with Stanly County Health Department, Atrium Health Stanly and Stanly County EMS on steps needed to keep our students, staff and families safe. As we monitor the situation, we are enhancing certain protocols such as:

  • Providing CDC approved cleaning agents to utilize daily.
  • Ensuring bathrooms are continuously stocked with soap and encouraging all to wash hands frequently.
  • Providing surgical masks and separate space for students until they can be sent home if identified with the following symptoms:
    • Flu like symptoms, fever, shortness of breath and cough

We will continue to monitor attendance and ask that if your student is sick they remain at home. Students must be fever (100F) free for 24 hours without medication before returning to school. There are no plans to close school at this time. However, you can help prevent the spread of disease:

  • Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer.
  • Cough or squeeze into the crook of your arm or into a tissue.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Let us know if you have or will be traveling out of the country.

We are in need of cleaning supplies. We ask that each family send Clorox Wipes and hand sanitizer (with 60% or greater alcohol content) if able. Please visit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for more accurate information and updates.

Sherri Swaringen, school nurse

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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