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Strong Start/Health & Wellness

 To maintain the health and safety of our students and staff, we ask you to:

  • Keep your children home if they come in contact with any known case of COVID infection or show any possible symptoms of COVID-19:
  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Unexplained Rash
  • Abdominal Pain


  • Do not send students to school if they have a temperature of 100.4 or above.
  • If exposure or infection is suspected, students will need to be assessed by a medical provider
  • Students who are sick should stay home (regardless of illness).
  • Students who have COVID-19 are to stay home and remain isolated for at least 10 days and until they have been symptom/fever free or 24 hours. Also, please provide a written release by a medical provider upon return to school.
  • If a student exhibits any two symptoms of illness listed above AND/OR a fever of 100.4 or higher, the student must be picked up immediately from school by a parent or emergency contact. COVID-19 testing is recommended.
  • Students who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 are to stay at home and remain isolated for at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms and until they have been symptom/fever free for 24 hours. Also, provide a written release by a medical provider upon return to school.
  • Students with a negative COVID-19 test result and have been symptom/fever free at least 24 hours may return to school with a written release and proof of negative test from a medical provider.
  • With guidance from the Louisiana Department of Health, students not tested for COVID-19 will be presumed positive and will be required to stay home from school for 10 days since the onset of symptoms appeared and until symptom free for 24 hours.
  • COVID-19 related absences will not impact their attendance record.
  • Individuals who are in close contact with a student or staff member may be identified, contacted, and asked to stay home and monitor symptoms up to 14 days.
    • Not every student/faculty member in a school will need to stay home for 14 days, just those who are identified as close contacts to case.
    • However, we may need to implement short-term school closure procedures regardless of community spread.


Education Frequent promotion of daily hygiene and social distancing measures throughout the school building; Information to schools, parents, and staff about hand sanitizers, cough and sneeze etiquette, signs, and symptoms;

Ensure custodial staff has appropriate training on proper cleaning and disinfecting work and play areas.

Provide all staff with COVID-19 training (include transmission, prevention and use of masks)

Cloth Face Coverings The Zachary School District will follow state and federal guidelines regarding face coverings.

Are face masks required?

The Zachary Community School District will follow the minimum safety standard set by BESE for the reopening of public schools that include face mask or covering requirements for all students in grade 3-12 and all employees.

While not required, we strongly recommend, that students in grades PreK -2 wear face coverings also.

Face Coverings:   A piece of material used to cover both the nose and mouth for the purpose of forming a barrier to droplets or airborne particles that are coughed, sneezed, or exhaled when talking.  Face coverings are meant to protect both the wearer of the face covering and surrounding individuals.

·       Face masks must be any solid color.

·       Face masks may have a child’s initials/name.

·       Face masks may have a Zachary School logo.

Hygiene and Environmental Sanitation Teach and reinforce handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.   If soap and water are not readily available, hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol can be used.

Encourage staff and students to cover coughs and sneezes appropriately. Used tissues should be thrown in the trash and hands washed immediately with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  If soap and water are not readily available, hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol can be used.

Frequent use of electrostatic sprayers and UVC wands/lights.

Monitoring Parents should screen their child for symptoms of illness before sending them to school.

Staff and students will be assessed on arrival and throughout the day for symptoms of COVID-19, as defined by the CDC.  This includes conducting an initial temperature.

Anyone with 100.4+ fever and/or symptoms of illness may not remain at school and must be picked up immediately.

Each school has identified and designated an area that will be used to isolate sick students and staff.  This area will be cleaned after it is occupied by any sick student or adult.

Communications We will communicate to parents the importance of keeping children home when they are sick, the students being taken to ensure the health and safety of their children and other important information related to limiting COVID-19 exposure.

We will communicate to parents with correspondence outline health and safety precautions taken by our facilities and provide guidelines to isolation

Short-term Closures

The decision to close schools is a case-by-case process.  Decisions will ultimately be made by district/school leadership, with guidance and expertise from the Louisiana Department of Health.

When a confirmed case has entered a school, regardless of community transmission? ·       Coordinate with local health officials.

·       Dismiss exposed students and exposed staff to quarantine for  14 days.

·       Clean and disinfect thoroughly.

·       Continuity of education. 

Who needs to quarantine? Who needs to quarantine?

Anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 must quarantine.

This includes people who previously had COVID-19 and people who have taken a serologic (antibody) test and have antibodies to the virus.

What counts as close contact?

  • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (touched, hugged, or kissed them)
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you

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