COVID-19 Protocols

Greenhill will partner with and follow the guidance of Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) when handling any cases of COVID-19 that are identified in Greenhill students and faculty/staff. DCHHS uses detailed guidelines that are determined by the symptoms students have, the potential contact with a lab confirmed case or suspected case of COVID-19, and the amount of community transmission. Exact steps that the school will take will be determined on a case-by-case basis, but below is a high-level summary of what families may expect in the event of covid-19 cases on campus. Please note that this information may change at any time, due to the course of the virus and guidance from state and local officials. Information last updated on August 11, 2020.
 
If a student or faculty member has symptoms, tests positive for, or as been exposed to someone with COVID-19 symptoms or a confirmed case (with or without symptoms), please stay home and notify the nurse’s office of the symptoms or exposure.
 
SYMPTOMS ON CAMPUS
In the event a student or faculty/staff member starts showing signs or symptoms of COVID-19 while on campus, then the school will take the following actions:
  • Immediately separate students with COVID-19 symptoms (such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath) in a designated isolation space.
  • A member of the Nurse’s Office will contact the student’s family. Parents should plan to pick up students from Greenhill within 30 minutes and follow-up with their healthcare provider.
  • Faculty members with symptoms should notify their supervisor and the Nurse’s office, leave campus, and follow-up with their healthcare provider.
  • The Nurse’s Office will remain in close contact with DCHHS about any members of the community that show symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Close areas used by the sick person for cleaning and sanitizing.
 
LAB CONFIRMED STUDENT OR FACULTY CASE OF COVID-19
If the school becomes aware that a student or faculty member has tested positive for COVID-19, then then Nurse’s Office will notify DCHHS to identify the course of action. The actions the school will take will vary based on the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 and specific cases in the community.
 
At a minimum, the school will:
  • Notify the school community of a positive case on campus.
  • Notify all close contacts within the community of the confirmed case and direct them to isolate at home for the period of time identified by DCHHS, which is currently 14 days from last known exposure. Close contacts are identified as people that are six feet (or closer) to an infected person for 15 minutes or more.
  • Conduct additional cleaning and sanitation of spaces used by the sick person.
 
Students that are feeling well enough may transition into the school’s Stay-at-Home Learning program while they are home from school.
 
LAB CONFIRMED FAMILY MEMBER CASE OF COVID-19
If a family member of a student or faculty member tests positive for COVID-19, then the student or faculty member will be required to quarantine at home for the period of time identified by DCHHS, which is currently 14 days from last known exposure. Students that are feeling well enough may transition into the school’s Stay-at-Home Learning program while they are home from school. Students or faculty members in quarantine must stay quarantined for the duration of time indicated by DCHHS. Receiving a negative test result will not allow a person to shorten their quarantine.
 
RETURNING TO CAMPUS AFTER ILLNESS OR COVID-19
Returning to campus will be highly dependent upon the level of community transmission. Below are current guidelines for return, but these could change at any time. We will update this section, and others, as we receive new information. The Health services staff will work closely with administration and the front office staff to coordinate the student’s return to school.
 
If a student is evaluated by a medical professional and a note is received clearing the student for return based on an alternative diagnosis (i.e., flu, strep throat) AND they have a FDA- approved PCR test for COVID -19 infection that is negative, then the student will be permitted to return to campus according to Greenhill’s regular health policy. DOCUMENTATION of the negative PCR test is required for return to school. Testing locations can be found at https://tdem.texas.gov/covid-19/.
 
If a student has symptoms that could be COVID-19, but they are not evaluated by a medical professional or are not tested for COVID-19, that student will be assumed to have COVID-19. They will not be allowed to return to campus until all three of these criteria are met:
  • At least 24 hours have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications)
  • Improvement in symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath)
  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms have appeared.
 
If a student has a lab confirmed case of COVID-19, they will not be allowed to return to campus until all three of the criteria listed below are met. A negative COVID-19 test will not be required.
  • At least 24 hours have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications)
  • Improvement in symptoms (e.g. cough)
  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms have appeared.
 
A student that tests positive for COVID-19, but that has no symptoms may return to campus after 10 days from when the test was administered.
 
If a student has symptoms that could be COVID-19, but they are not evaluated by a medical professional or are not tested for COVID-19, that student will be assumed to have COVID-19. They will not be allowed to return to campus until all three of these criteria are met:
  • At least 24 hours have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications)
  • Improvement in symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath)
  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms have appeared.
 
CONTAINMENT
  • Contact tracing will occur in collaboration with the local health department.
  • Students or faculty members that are identified as close contacts of a confirmed case of COVID-19 must stay quarantined for the duration of time indicated by DCHHS. Receiving a negative test result will not allow a person to shorten their quarantine.
 

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