Screening of Symptoms

Protocols for Screening

All students and staff should be screened for COVID-19 symptoms daily and individuals with symptoms will be separated and sent home. Screening protocols include: Staff will be required to complete a self-screening process prior to entering a Seminole ISD building, and the district may require further screening of employees at any time based on the current state and federal guidelines. A parent or guardian will be required to screen their children for COVID-19 symptoms each day prior to sending them to school. Parents will need to take their child’s temperature daily. Additional screening may be conducted during the school day. Parents must ensure they do not send a child to school on campus if the child has COVID-19 symptoms (as listed below) or is lab-confirmed with COVID-19, and instead should opt to receive remote instruction until the below conditions for re-entry are met.

Staff and students should not enter campuses or district buildings if any of the following apply. The individual is: Sick or has been sick in the past 14 days. Symptoms to watch for: fever (100°F or higher), cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, has a confirmed case of COVID-19, or has been in close contact with a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19, has a household member who is awaiting COVID-19 test results, or who is awaiting their own test results, or has traveled internationally or on a cruise in the past 14 days. These individuals must follow current CDC self-quarantine recommendations: View current CDC recommendations. Teachers will monitor students and refer them to the nurse if symptoms are present.

COVID-19 Symptoms

  • A Temperature of 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by mouth
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Shaking or exaggerated shivering
  • Significant muscle pain or ache
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea or vomiting

Isolation Protocols

For students displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or are feeling feverish, the school nurse will provide a clinical assessment to determine if and when a student needs to be sent home. 

Students who are ill will be separated from their peers and should be picked up within 30 minutes and no later than 1 hour from the time the campus has contacted the parent/guardian.

Other students will be removed from the classroom and taken to an alternate location on campus (go on a walk outside, move to a different classroom, etc) so that the classroom can be disinfected. If an individual who has been in a school is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19, the school must notify its local health officials, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, including confidentiality requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Schools must close off areas that are heavily used by the individual with the lab-confirmed case (student, teacher, or staff) until the non-porous surfaces in those areas can be disinfected.

Staff members displaying COVID-19 symptoms will follow district protocols including isolation from students and other staff members.

Students and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 will be permitted to return to school when:

  • They are 3 days (72 hours) fever-free without using fever-reducing medication
  • Improved symptoms (cough, difficulty breathing, etc.);
  • 10 days have passed since symptoms began.