COVID-19 procedures to follow

The Quakertown Community School District wants all of its students, employees, and community members to stay safe each and every day with special precautions taken during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Toward that end, all employees and district families have been provided a daily checklist that aligns with the goals of the district’s Health And Safety Plan (Oct.8 update) to safely monitor student and staff health. The questionnaire helps develop the important habit of checking for symptoms that may appear after exposure to the coronavirus.

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of reported symptoms – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure, and can include:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Fever or chills
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

In the event a student or QCSD employee develops symptoms they should not attend school but should notify their school nurse and their physician about potential testing for COVID-19. Siblings of a symptomatic student should also stay home until the student is cleared to return to school. If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, the District will then notify the Bucks County Health Department. Confidentiality will be maintained. BCHD will then conduct an investigation, contact tracing, and provide appropriate guidance. 

Employees must have a note from their medical provider or local health department that documents they are cleared to return to work. The note must indicate your diagnosis, that you are symptom free of COVID-19, and that you can work full duty with no restrictions. The note must be provided to Osheanna Lonergan, Benefits Manager, before you return to work.

Here are charts that show the procedures to follow:

This has been an incredibly challenging time for our entire school district community. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we have dealt with this unprecedented situation.

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