Roadmap: Health & Wellness

How can I decide whether I should send my student to school or not?

Please use this decision tree to help you decide when to send your child to school.

Friendly Reminder!

How should I check my child's health each day before coming to school?

 

 

    Daily Health Self-Assessment for Blackhawk School District
 
Due to the highly infectious nature of COVID-19, BSD students should do a daily

health self-assessment before arriving at school for class. This self-assessment should

not take the place of talking with your healthcare provider to diagnose or treat conditions.

This assessment is based on guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 

         1.  Have you had close contact with someone who is positive for COVID19?                                    Y/N 

 

         2.  Are you or anyone in your household awaiting the results of a COVID19 test?                             Y/N

 

         3.  Have you and/or someone in your home traveled in the last 14 days?                                            Y/N

 *Traveling to an area of high risk requires a 14 day quarantine per the Pa Deptartment of Health*

 

         4.  Have you taken any fever reducing medication in the past 24 hours?                                             Y/N

 

         5.  Have you had any ONE of the following in the last 24 hours?                                                       Y/N

a. new or worsening cough 

b. shortness of breath 

c. difficulty breathing 

d. new or loss of taste/smell 

 

 6. Have you had any TWO of the following in the last 24 hours?                                                    Y/N

a. fever (100.4 or higher)

b. chills

c. muscle pain 

e. Headache

f. Sore throat

g. nausea/vomiting 

h. diarrhea

i. fatigue

j. congestion or runny nose 

 

If your child has answered YES to any of the above questions, keep your child home.  Please call the principal and contact one of the following School Nurses: 

 

Ms. Hullihen, RN, BSN, CSN                                    Mrs. Haddox, RN, BSN CSN

Hullihens@bsd.k12.pa.us                                           Haddoxm@bsd.k12.pa.us

724-846-9600 x2005                                                  724-843-1700 x3004

How will students' safety change during a typical school day?

The typical school day will be changed as our lives have changed since the emergence of COVID-19. We encourage you as a parent, to openly discuss and model good hygiene measures and safety to your child. The normal routine of a Nurse’s Office will also change to ensure the best possible safety measures for all students and staff. Recommendations from the state are continually changing and we will too. Every effort will be initiated to have the illness and/or wellness of a child distanced within a Nurse’s office, as will the daily medications and Diabetic screenings.

How will students receive their medication or daily health care if they are immunosuppressed?

This type of condition will necessitate a discussion with your child’s PCP/Pediatrician.  We will be glad to be an active participant in any decision or plan that is recommended. We are here to assist to make your child’s education as safe as possible.

What are my child's symptoms telling me?

Prior to the start of a school day, daily monitor your child by taking temperatures at home.  Keep your child home if the temperature is 100.0 or higher, or if there are any signs of an illness and notify your child’s nurse.  Your child may return to school after a temperature is normal for at least 24 hours without any Advil or Tylenol given. 

Please refer to the symptom table below, but remember to always call the school nurse to discuss these symptoms before sending your student to school.


SymptomCold Influenza 
COVID-19 Wuhan Coronavirus 
FeverMild, if present Often Often 
Fatigue / Tiredness Occasional, MildCommon Occasional 
HeadacheVery infrequent Common Occasional 
SneezingCommon Infrequent 
Infrequent 
Sore Throat Common Occasional Occasional 
Runny Nose Common Occasional Infrequent 
Diarrhea No Occasional Infrequent 
Watery Eyes Common Common Infrequent 
Cough Mild Dry CoughDry Cough, often severe 
Shortness of Breath No Rare With mild/moderate infection 
Difficulty Breathing No In severe infections*Common in severe Infections* 
 *Needs oxygen or ventilator


Will it be necessary for my child to wear a face covering/mask to school?

Yes – As of the 8/17/20 update, the DOH mandates that all students and staff wear a face covering (face mask or face shield) continually during the school day, with limited exceptions. 

Limited circumstances (exceptions) for face covering removal: 

· Eating or drinking when spaced at least 6 feet apart 

· “Face covering breaks” when spaced at least 6 feet apart and less than 10 minutes. Breaks are decided by the student’s teacher or coach. 

· Wearing a face covering creates an unsafe condition for the student/staff, which is decided by academic teacher and/or administrator. 

Face coverings are exempt for certain medical or mental health conditions or disabilities, documented in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act or IDEA, that precludes the wearing of a face covering in school. Accommodations for such students should be made in partnership with the student’s health care provider, school nurse, and IEP/504 team. 

What procedure will the school nurse follow if my child becomes sick at school?

  1. The student will be evaluated by the school nurse.
  2. If the student’s symptoms are consistent with COVID-19, the student will rest in an isolated room within the Nurse’s Office.
  3. The student’s parent/guardian will be notified by the nurse of the situation and will recommend an early dismissal for the student.
  4. The nurse will escort the student to the parent/guardian waiting outside of the building.

If after the nurse evaluates the student and the symptoms are not consistent with COVID-19, the nurse will refer to the regular school policy, have the student rest, reevaluate the student, and have the student return to class. The parent will be contacted and updated about the student’s visit to the Nurse’s Office.

All updated health information is referenced from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and/or the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

What is the updated guidance as of September 8, 2020 for Immunizations?

IMMUNIZATIONS:

PROVISIONAL EXTENSION

PA State Department of Health

Effective: September 8, 2020

Recently, the Pennsylvania Department of Health amended the PA State regulations relating to the mandated school immunization timeframe.   Per Pennsylvania law and Blackhawk School District, all immunizations are extended for a 2month provisional extension from September 8, 2020 until November 8, 2020.   As of Monday, November 9, 2020; parents will need to have one of three forms for the vaccines documented with the nurse in your child’s building.  Please contact the nurse for guidance as needed.

Please refer to the highlighted immunization(s) below for your child’s compliance to the state immunization changes and return this form with the verified documentation.  Due:   NOVEMBER 9, 2020

 

 

_______ DPT booster (child needs a dose after 4th birthday)

 

_______ Polio (child needs a dose after 4th birthday)

 

_______ MMR

 

_______ Varicella 

 

______    Hepatitis 

 

_________   TDaP (7th graders)

______   Meningitis (7th grade/12th grade)

Thank you;

Dr. Postupac; Superintendent

Ms. Hullihen RN; School Nurse   hullihens@bsd.k12.pa.us (724-846-9600   #2005)

Mrs. Haddox RN; School Nurse   haddoxm@bsd.k12.pa.us (724-843-1700   #3004)

Mrs. Black RN; PPS Nurse            blackb@bsd.k12.pa.us (724-843-1268  #5008)

Mrs. Stoyer RN; BIS Nurse.          stoyerb@bsd.k12.pa.us (724-843-5050.  #4005)

 

How can the mandated immunizations be completed for school entry? What are my options?

Presently, there have been no changes to this topic. If your child is a new enrollment, including K, or will be a 7th or 12th grader in the fall, please submit documentation to your child’s nurse and she will work with you and your options. 


08/14/2020 Immunization update: The Pennsylvania Department of Health has issued a temporary change for the state mandated immunizations for the 2020-2021 school year. Mandated vaccinations will have a 2-month provisional extension for completion effective immediately until October 26, 2020 for the Blackhawk School District. Parents will continue to receive notifications to assist in meeting the state’s mandated immunizations prior to entering a school building in the Blackhawk School District.

 

What can I do if my child is struggling with mental health issues?

During the summer months, and as we transition back to school, your child can be referred to our school - based mental health provider. Please contact your building administrator for additional details and paperwork. 
 
Support can also be provided through the Prevention Network.
 
Please see the bottom of the page for resources available throughout the county. 

What will the district do to support my child's mental wellbeing once school resumes?

Throughout the summer months, the school will be providing documents regarding student mental wellbeing and how you can help your child at home. The district will be sending surveys in August to gauge student's mental health and identify students at-risk for support.  Surveys will be optional, results will be read by the district's school psychologist, and disseminated to guidance and building administrators. You will be contacted before any action is taken. 
 
If you are overly concerned about your child's mental health at this time, please refer to Question 4 and feel free to contact your building administrator for options.  
 
As we look to return to school, additional documents to help support our students re-entering buildings will be provided.  

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