Dear PVPA families,
We need your help to make sure that the critical COVID-19 response protocols are closely followed by everyone in our community. The protocols we currently have in place are an essential part of the plan we have to keep the spread of the COVID-19 virus, especially the Delta variant which is able to spread more aggressively contained at school.
The following information must be reported to Mary Colwell, RN, our school nurse:
- If your child is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you must keep them home and report the symptoms to Mary.
- If your child is referred for a COVID-19 test, report the date they were referred and the reason for the referral to Mary right away (students must not attend school while awaiting the results of a test). Report the results of the test to Mary before returning to school.
- If your child receives a positive COVID-19 test, call Mary immediately and give her the details of when the exposure happened, when the symptoms appeared and when your child was tested. Whether the test was a PCR or a Rapid Antigen test will need to be reported as well. Mary will ask your student who they were in contact with while at school.
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Emergency Warning Signs for COVID-19
If someone is showing any of the following signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone
- Call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
- This list does not include all possible symptoms. The CDC will continue to update this list as more is learned about COVID-19.
- Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.
Thank you for doing your part to limit the spread of this life-threatening virus.
Mary Colwell, RN