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January 11, 2022

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students:

Since our notification on Friday, January 7th, Colonial has received reports of COVID-19 cases in

all schools, with the exception of Wallace Wallin.

Individuals identified as positive for COVID-19 will not return to school until the isolation period has

passed. School teams continue to contact trace for each positive case and notify anyone who has been in

close contact with the individuals. Identified close contacts may be required to complete a quarantine

before returning to school. Individual decisions on quarantining are made in consultation with the affected

individual and DPH epidemiologists.

Please visit https://coronavirus.delaware.gov to learn more about DPH protocols around positive

COVID-19 cases in schools.

We always encourage you to monitor your child for any symptoms of COVID-19. If a student or staff

member is sick with any of the following symptoms, they must stay home : fever, cough, shortness of

breath, sore throat, muscle aches, fatigue, chills, shaking with chills, loss of smell or taste, nausea or

vomiting, diarrhea, or headache or congestion or runny nose without a known cause such as allergies.

Our school nurses are available to support your family by reviewing symptoms to watch for, answering

questions you may have, assisting with follow-up communication, and providing further information on

available testing sites. COVID-19 testing is free and available in our local community.

DPH encourages all Delawareans – whether they are experiencing symptoms or not – to consider getting

a free COVID-19 test. That will help our state more accurately track the spread of the disease and keep

our communities healthy. Visit https://coronavirus.delaware.gov/testing/ for the latest updates on

COVID-19 in Delaware and information on free COVID-19 testing in Delaware.

DPH also encourages eligible Delawareans to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine. For more information

about the COVID-19 Vaccine and locations nearest you, please visit

https://coronavirus.delaware.gov/vaccine/ .

Colonial School District continues to adhere to strict health and safety protocols. This is our best defense

against COVID-19 and its spread. District custodial staff are informed of the positive cases as appropriate

and are following prescribed protocols for cleaning in accordance with the most up-to-date health

guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and DPH.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your building administrative team.

Sincerely,

Jon Cooper, EdD

District COVID-19 Coordinator

The Colonial School District shall not discriminate in its employment practices or its educational programs and activities of students on

the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, domicile, marital status, disability, genetic

information, veteran status, or any legally protected characteristic.

COVID-19 Student and Staff Health Assessment Screening

Tool

Colonial students and staff who are on-site during the COVID-19 outbreak must

perform self-screening at home BEFORE reporting to the building each day.

Please answer the following questions.

1. In the past 14 days, have you been near (within 6 feet for at least 15

minutes) a person who has a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19, or have

you had direct contact with their mucus or saliva?

2. In the last 48 hours, have you had any of the following symptoms?

● Fever of 100.4 F or above (or symptoms like alternating shivering

and sweating)

● New cough

● New trouble breathing, shortness of breath, or severe wheezing

● New chills or shaking with chills

● New muscle aches

● Sore throat

● Vomiting or diarrhea

● New loss of smell or taste, or a change in taste

● Nausea

● Fatigue

● Headache, congestion, or runny nose with no other known cause

(such as allergies)

If you answered YES to any of the questions above, do NOT report to the

building today. Staff should contact their supervisor and doctor.

Students/Parents should contact their school nurse.

This screening tool was adapted from the DHSS COVID-19 Staff Health

Assessment Self-Screening Tool

The Colonial School District shall not discriminate in its employment practices or its educational programs and activities of students on

the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, domicile, marital status, disability, genetic

information, veteran status, or any legally protected characteristic.

SELF SCREENING FOR STUDENTS

The Delaware Department of Education and Delaware Department of Health and Social Services’ Division of Public Health have requested that we provide you information regarding practices related to COVID-19.

We request that students and/or their families complete a health assessment consisting of a self-screening every morning before leaving for school.

Please answer any of the following questions:

  • In the past 14 days, have you been near(within 6 feet for at least 15 minute) a person  who has a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19, or have you had direct contact with their mucus or saliva?
  • In the last 48 hours., have you had any of the following symptoms
  • Fever of 100. 4 For above ( or symptoms like alternating shivering and sweating)
  • New cough
  • New trouble breathing, shortness of breathe or severe wheezing
  • New chills or shaking with chills
  • New muscle aches
  • Sore throat
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • New loss of smell or taste
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Headache, congestion, runny nose (with no other known cause such as allergies}

If you answered YES to any of the questions above, DO NOT send your child to school today. Instead contact your child’s primary health care provider.

(This screening tool was adapted at from the mayo clinic’s online self assessment. To use the Mayo Clinic’s tool online, visit http://mayoclinic.com/covid-19-self-assessment-tool