• Hybrid Return: Health & Safety

  • Health & Safety Enhancements
    (abstract from Message from the Superintendent - January 4, 2021)

    We take the health and safety of our students and our employees very seriously and will be closely monitoring each of our buildings as students and staff return to Hybrid Learning.  We know from the data that we have collected that Remote Learning does not lead to the outcomes we want both in student engagement and learning. In order to ensure our schools are safe, the following protocols and enhancements have been put into place:

    Additional Protective Measures

    We will add to our existing protective measures by implementing the following health and safety protocols in all of our schools:

    • Regular announcements and messaging about hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette
    • Encouraging students and staff to stay at home when feeling ill or exposed to an individual with a COVID-19 diagnosis or symptoms
    • Consistent and pervasive district-wide requirements for all teachers, staff and students to wear face masks while on campus and use of appropriate social distancing.
    • Continued district-wide commitment to high standards of cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing
    • Continued planning for student safety while riding school buses 

    PPE & COVID-19 Disinfectants

    The Christina School District Facilities Department will continue to supply PPE and COVID-19 labeled disinfectants to our buildings.  BioProtect, which gives a 90-day window of protection on surfaces against COVID-19, was reapplied over Winter Break to all higher touch surfaces in our schools.  Sterionizer air purifiers have been installed at the Brennen School and the Christina Early Childhood Center.  They are in the process of being installed in our other schools with shared ventilation systems. The ventilation systems across the District remain set to provide higher levels of fresh air as a strategy to minimize the spread of the virus.

    Testing Events

    Testing is a key strategy to minimize the spread of COVID-19. To that end, Christina has partnered with Mako Medical to provide on-site testing for Christina families. Please find testing dates and sites here.  We are also working with the State of Delaware to provide rapid Antigen testing within our school buildings. You will receive additional information as well as a permission form to opt-in to this program in the coming days.

    Monitoring Health Concerns

    School nurses will continue to monitor the daily impact of the virus as certain health concerns may trigger a school closure, such as positive cases, quarantines, virus symptoms and limited availability of teaching staff and bus drivers. 

  • Parent COVID-19 Education and Acknowledgment Form for Christina Students

    We have created guidance on our COVID-19 protocols as part of an acknowledge form to confirm that all parents receive this important COVID-19 education to support our efforts to reduce the risk of virus spread in our school environments.

    All of our health and wellness protocols are guided by science and the recommendations from the Delaware Department of Education (DDOE), Governor’s Office, Delaware Public Health (DPH), and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). 

     

    COVID-19 Education & Acknowledgement Form - English

    COVID-19 Education & Acknowledgement Form - Spanish

  • When to Keep Students Home

    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.


    Additional Considerations:

    1. Have you been in direct contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with a person who is Positive for COVID-19 in the past 2 weeks?
      • If yes:
        • If less than 2 weeks, please do NOT send your child to school and contact your child's doctor.
        • If more than 2 weeks, proceed to question #2.

    2. In the last 48 hours, has your child had any of the following NEW symptoms?
      • Fever of 100.4 (38C) or above
      • Sore throat
      • Trouble breathing
      • Headache
      • Body aches or chills
      • New cough, not related to allergies
      • Shortness of breath or wheezing (not asthma related)
      • Chills or repeated shaking with chills
      • Loss of taste or smell, or change in taste
      • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

        If you answered YES to any of the questions above, do NOT send your child to school. Instead, contact your child's doctor.
  • Three W's 

    Please be mindful that the “Three W’s” are critical to keeping the virus from spreading in our community. 

    * Washing your Hands
    * Wearing a Mask
    * Watching your Distance

    Exhibiting Symptoms?

    Students must stay home if they are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 or have been confirmed to have COVID-19 or if required by DPH to isolate or quarantine. Keep children who are sick at home; do not send them to school. Do not send children to school with a fever of 100.4º or greater.

    Students with Exposure to COVID-19 

    Parents who have been notified of their student being exposed, should keep their student home and follow the guidance of the local public health department.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What happens if a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19 during the school year?

  • How will schools meet the behavioral/mental health needs of students, families, and staff?

  • How will the state support districts, charters and private/parochial schools to meet the health and safety guidance?

  • Will COVID-19 testing be made available to staff and students?

  • How should schools prepare to respond to positive COVID cases?

  • How should the school expect to find out that a student or staff member has tested positive for COVID-19?

  • What happens once DPH learns that a student, teacher, bus driver or other school staff member tests positive for COVID?

  • What is the testing protocol for close contacts of positive cases?

  • Are parents notified about a positive test in the school?

  • Are there special cleaning protocols schools must follow after a positive case?

  • Will educators have to use sick leave if they must quarantine/self-isolate due to COVID-19?