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School starts tomorrow: Here are the details

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As Duneland Schools prepares for the start of the school year tomorrow, the DSC administration would like to share a few important reminders with students and staff.

1. Start Times -- Hybrid Days

-- Elementary 8:35 -- 2:25 (School open for student drop-offs at 8:15)

-- LIS & WIS 8:50 -- 3:05 (School open for student drop-offs at 8:20)

-- CMS 8:25 -- 2:55 (School open for student drop-offs at 7:45)

-- CHS 8:15 -- 2:45 (School open for student drop-offs at 7:30)

A-K, L-Z Alternate days

-- August 25--A-K at school & L-Z at home (remote students at home)

-- August 26--A-K at school & L-Z at home (remote students at home)

-- August 27--L-Z at school & A-K at home (remote students at home)

-- August 28--L-Z at school & A-K at home (remote students at home)

2. Face Covering Usage: The school year will start at Level 4. While in Level 4, face coverings are required at all times, even when social distancing can be maintained.

Students should have access to at least two clean face coverings per day. Cloth face coverings should be laundered each day.

Face Coverings: Must securely cover the nose and mouth; May be cloth or disposable; Must not contain any messaging (school name and/or logo is acceptable); Must not distract the learning environment.

No references or pictures of the following: Drugs, alcohol, tobacco, gangs, foul or suggestive language or patterns and/or symbols deemed as a distraction to the learning process. The building principal will make the final decision as to the appropriateness of a face covering.

Students should place their initials somewhere inside their face covering.

3. Daily Self-Checks

Every morning before school/work, students and staff members should answer the following three questions:

A. Do you have a fever greater than 100 degrees?

B. Do you have any of the following signs of illness that is not otherwise explained (alternative diagnosis must be documented each time by a licensed medical professional)?

-- Congestion or Runny Nose -- Cough -- Shortness of Breath or Difficulty Breathing -- Diarrhea -- Headache -- Nausea or Vomiting -- Sore Throat -- Muscle Pain & Fatigue -- Chills -- New Loss of Taste or Smell.

C. Were you in close contact (within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes) with a confirmed COVID-19 case during the last two weeks?

If the answer is YES to any of the questions above, DO NOT attend school/work. Instead, begin isolation/quarantine (see below) and contact your healthcare provider for potential COVID-19 testing. In addition, please contact your schoolís main office or workplace and share your symptoms.

4. Isolation/Quarantine

Students and staff members who exhibit potential COVID-19 symptoms are required to isolate based on the following guidelines established by the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH).

Symptomatic Not Tested Without Documented Alternative Explanation or Tested and Positive

-- Must remain home and isolate for at least 10 days from the first day symptoms appeared AND

-- 24 hours fever-free without the aid of fever reducing medications Tylenol, ibuprofen, etc.), AND

-- All other symptoms have improved

Symptomatic--Tested and Negative

-- If no documented alternative explanation, isolate for at least 10 days from the first day symptoms appeared AND

-- 24 hours fever-free without the aid of fever reducing medications Tylenol, ibuprofen, etc.), AND

-- All other symptoms have improved, OR

-- The individual can return to school if tested negative AND

-- With a note from the provider stating they believe the patient to have an alternate diagnosis and itís appropriate for the patient to return to school.

Symptomatic with Documented Alternate Explanation

-- May return to school after 24 hours resolution of fever AND

-- Note from provider stating the individual has an alternate diagnosis and the provider believes itís appropriate for the patient to return to school. Documentation may be required with each symptomatic episode.

Close Contact

A close contact is a person who spends greater than 15 minutes within six feet of a positive COVID-19 person from the 48 hours prior to the positive personís symptom onset until the date that person is isolated or if asymptomatic, 48 hours prior to the positive test collection date. While mask use decreases the risk of infection, at this time it does not change recommendations for quarantine. Close contacts need to quarantine at home for 14 days.

5. Drop-off & Pick-up Procedures

Please follow building specific rules for drop-off & pick-up procedures. The traditional practice of entering the building for a student early release or to change a studentís mode of transportation for the day should be done telephonically instead. We ask all parents to remain in their vehicles.

6. Positive Case Information

When a positive COVID-19 case is identified in our schools, the DSC administration, in consultation with the Porter County Health Department, will conduct contact tracing measures. All students and staff members who were in close contact (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or longer) will be notified directly. Close contacts will be required to quarantine for 14 days before returning to school. If any of these individuals develop symptoms, they will follow the symptomatic protocol located within the DSC Reentry Plan. Families will be notified via school messenger of positive cases within their school and/or district. Please be aware that privacy laws, including HIPAA and FERPA, prevent us from sharing specific information regarding students and staff.

7. Additional Information

The DSC COVID-19 information page can be found at:

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Posted 8/24/2020




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