• Southampton UFSD COVID-19 Testing Protocol 

    Ø  COVID-19 Testing if a student or staff member appears ill.

    • Students and staff with symptoms of illness must report to the nurse’s
      • The school nurse will assess individuals for chronic conditions such as asthma and allergies or chronic gastrointestinal conditions which may present the same symptoms as COVID-19 but are neither contagious nor pose a public health
    • If students or staff become ill with Symptoms of COVID-19 at school, the school will follow Education Law §
      • The school nurse and/or school social worker/counselor will assist the parent of the student, or the staff member, to make an appointment at the testing center of Southampton
      • If an appointment is not available within 48 hours, the school nurse and/or school social worker will assist with setting up an emergency room visit at Southampton
    • If the school nurse is not available, the principal will isolate and dismiss any student or staff member who has a fever or other symptoms of COVID-19 that are not explained by a chronic health condition for follow up with a health care
    • In such cases, the school social worker will assist parents in making an appointment with a health care


    Ø  Protocol for Return to School after Illness

    • If a person is not diagnosed by a healthcare provider (physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant) with COVID-19 he/she can return to school:
      • Once there is no fever, without the use of fever reducing medicines, and they have felt well for 24
      • If they have been diagnosed with another condition and have a healthcare provider written note stating they are clear to return to
    • If a person is diagnosed with COVID-19 by a healthcare provider based on a test or their symptoms or does not get a COVID-19 test but has had symptoms, they should not be at school and should stay at home until:
      • It has been at least ten school days since the individual first had symptoms
      • It has been at least three days since the individual has had a fever (without using fever reducing medicine).
      • It has been at least three days since the individual’s symptoms improved, including cough and shortness of
      • The CDC provides specific guidance for individuals who are on home isolation regarding when the isolation may