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Covid Information

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Universal Health Practices

Following practices of proper handwashing, respiratory etiquette, and monitoring symptoms.

Prior to coming to school, students and staff should conduct daily symptom checks and stay home if they are sick and do not feel well.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

Custodial and Maintenance staff will continue “high touch-point” cleaning as be part of our daily routine.

All classrooms have been outfitted with classroom cleaning kits which will be restocked by our custodians.

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Masks

CDC guidelines state that wearing a well-fitting mask or respirator consistently and correctly reduces the risk of spreading the virus that causes COVID-19.

Anyone that returns to school on day 6-10 of isolation from Covid-19 infection or with respiratory symptoms (regardless of a negative test) should wear a mask until symptoms are resolving. Respiratory symptoms include cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, congestion, sore throat.

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Masks - On Buses

We highly recommend students and staff continue to wear masks while on buses.

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Physical Distancing

Physical distancing is no longer required, in alignment with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, the district does encourage distancing where possible and to avoid overcrowding especially during periods when there is high community transmission rates.

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Field Trips & Events

Participants of field trips have the expectation to follow the district’s current COVID-19 safety measures and current Board policies.

Those attending large events, such as ceremonies, performing arts, and athletics, should follow the district’s current COVID-19 safety measures and current Board policies.

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Stay Home When Sick

Any staff or student that symptoms of Covid-19 (one or more of the following: Cough, Shortness of breath or Loss of taste or smell OR Two or more: Sore throat, Muscle pain or body aches, Headache, Fever (>100.4 degrees F), Runny nose or nasal congestion, Vomiting, Diarrhea) will need to stay home and will be encouraged to test.

Students and staff may return to school (or stay in school) if they test negative for Covid-19 (rapid antigen or PCR acceptable) AND they meet the following criteria:

  1. No fever, no vomiting, no diarrhea for at least 24 hours (without taking fever reducing medications).
  2. They should mask if having respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose, congestion), and should continue to wear a mask until symptoms have resolved or nearly resolved.
  3. They should generally be well enough to finish the school day.
  4. The student agrees to return to the health office if symptoms worsen.

If testing is declined, and criteria is met to warrant testing for Covid-19, they will need to go home for 5 days from symptom onset. They may return on day 6 (as long as no fever/vomiting/ diarrhea within 24 hours), and should mask on days 6-10.

COVID-19 vaccines are available for everyone and have been shown to be highly safe and effective.

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MMSD Vaccine Clinics

November 21, 2022

Flu season is here! Make sure you and your family are protected against the flu and new Covid-19 variants. Due to popular demand, MMSD is hosting two additional vaccine clinics in collaboration with SSM Health for students, families and staff!

The following vaccines will be offered:

  • 5-11 years old: Covid Primary Pfizer series 1st dose or 2nd dose, Bivalent Booster
  • 12 years and older & Adults: 1st dose, 2nd dose, Bivalent Booster
  • Influenza (Flu) vaccines- ages 5+
  • Tdap vaccine - ages 11+
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Clinic #1

Thursday, December 15, 2022
3:30-7 p.m. at Leopold Elementary School

  • Covid Primary Pfizer series 1st dose or 2nd dose- ages 5+
  • Covid Pfizer Bivalent Booster- ages 5+
  • Influenza (Flu) vaccines- ages 5+
  • Tdap vaccine - ages 11+

Clinic #2

Monday December 19, 2022
2:45-6:45 p.m. at Lakeview Elementary School

  • Covid Primary Pfizer series 1st dose or 2nd dose- ages 5+
  • Covid Pfizer Bivalent Booster- ages 5+
  • Influenza (Flu) vaccines- ages 5+
  • Tdap vaccine - ages 11+

Action Items

1. Schedule your appointment: 
Leopold Elementary School - Thursday, December 15, 2022, 3:30-7 p.m. 
5-11 years old Sign-up Genius
12 years and older & Adults Sign-up Genius

Lakeview Elementary School - Monday, December 19, 2022, 2:45-6:45 p.m. 
5-11 years old Sign-up Genius
12 years and older & Adults Sign-up Genius
 

2. Please Read:

3. Complete Consent Form – This will help the clinic move faster.

4. Vaccination Card: Please bring your COVID-19 vaccination card with you if this is your 2nd dose or booster dose.

5. Insurance Card: Please bring your insurance card with you. SSM Health will bill your insurance company for Flu and Tdap vaccines; however, there will be no charge to any individuals. All are welcome even if you do not have insurance.

Information

  1. Illness/Change of Plans: Please stay home if you are sick. If you are not able to attend your appointment due to illness or other reason, that is just fine. There is no need to notify us. If you are unable to attend the vaccine clinic, click here to schedule a vaccine at another local clinic.
  2. Arrival Time: Please arrive no earlier than 5 minutes before your appointment time. This will help the clinic move faster and make parking easier.
  3. What To Bring/Dress: There is no privacy in the vaccine area, so we recommend you wear a short-sleeved shirt, and bring a jacket or sweatshirt for warmth, as the temperature in the school can fluctuate. Your time in the clinic will be about 30 minutes, so you may want to bring something to keep busy.

Questions. For questions contact Dawn Sebranek, Lead Nurse at dmsebranek@madison.k12.wi.us, 608-572-7412 (Google Voice)

About COVID-19 Vaccines

COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States are effective at protecting people from getting seriously ill, being hospitalized, and dying. As with other vaccine-preventable diseases, you are protected best from COVID-19 when you stay up to date with the recommended vaccinations, including recommended boosters.The CDC recommends that all individuals over 6 months get vaccinated against COVID-19. You are eligible to receive the updated bivalent booster if it has been at least two months since your last Covid vaccine (initial series or booster).

Key Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccine

Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) Vaccine: What you need to know​​​​​​​


Additional Information and Resources:

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Below some Wellness links that many families have found helpful during the pandemic.

Mental Health Resources

Being Well Resources
 


Guidance for Visitors and Volunteers

Tracking Coronavirus in Dane County, Wisconsin: Latest Map and Case Count


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Safety in our Buildings

We've made several adjustments in preparation for students and staff to return to buildings. Some of those are outlined below and in the MMSD Covid-19 Building Analysis Final Report.