Illness Protocols & Practices in On-Site Learning

Illness Protocols and Practices in On-Site Learning

These Sioux City Community School District COVID-19 and illness protocols and practices have been implemented to assist in promoting the safety and wellness of our students, staff, and community. Thank you for being a responsible partner in helping us maintain these protocols and practices.

COVID-19 Symptoms

  • 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

When Students/Staff Should Remain Home

Parents/Guardians, please screen your child at home, and staff members, please screen yourself at home before going to school.  Check for a temperature of 100.4°F or higher and determine if any of the symptoms of COVID-19 are present. Students and staff members should remain home when experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. They can return to school when their symptoms have improved or they have a negative COVID-19 test. Please call the school to report an absence due to illness.

The Sioux City Community School District illness policy also requires students to stay home:

  • The first 24 hours of antibiotic treatment for an alternative illness (strep throat, etc.)
  • When experiencing undiagnosed, new, and/or untreated rash or skin conditions
  • If questionable or undiagnosed pink eye appears

When Students/Staff Exhibit Illness Symptoms at School

If a student becomes sick at school, is coughing, appears to have a fever, or has possible COVID-19 symptoms, they will be moved to the Caring Room. A school nurse or certified nurse’s assistant will attend to the Caring Room and use appropriate personal protective equipment to limit the transmission of illness.

When a student is moved to the Caring Room a parent or guardian will be contacted by nursing staff for further instructions.

Rapid Covid-19 Testing for Students/Staff

Rapid COVID-19 testing is available to students and staff in the Sioux City Community School District who begin to exhibit illness symptoms at school.

A signed written consent form and verbal consent are both required before students will be given a rapid test. Parents/guardians who would like a rapid test to be utilized for their child in the event they become sick at school and display COVID-19 symptoms, should complete the consent form below and return it to their child’s school.

Rapid Covid-19 Testing Consent Form

If staff begin to exhibit illness symptoms at school, they are encouraged to contact the school nurse to request a rapid Covid-19 test.

When a Positive COVID-19 Case is Confirmed

The identity of the individual with a COVID-19 positive result is confidential. This individual will not be allowed to return to school for five days since symptoms first appeared, at least 24 hours with no fever (without the use of fever-reducing medicine), and other COVID-19 symptoms are improving. Once the individual returns to work or school, the CDC recommends they wear a mask for six to 10 days after their return.

View the District’s weekly report for the total number of positive COVID tests as reported by parents and staff.

Close Contacts of a COVID-19 Positive Case

Vaccinated individuals, individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 infection within the last three months, and unvaccinated individuals who have no COVID-19 symptoms and who come into close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 do not need to stay home after exposure, but they should monitor symptoms for 14 days after the exposure.

In Iowa, school-age children who have been exposed but not tested positive for COVID-19 are not excluded from school activities (including extra-curricular activities) as long as they remain asymptomatic.

Academic Instruction During Absence Due to Illness or Quarantine

Schools within the Sioux City Community School District will continue to support students with acute and/or chronic health conditions. Short-term absences will be handled on a case-by-case basis, and instructional materials will be provided for continued learning.

Sioux City Community School District guidance is based on CDC guidelines as well as guidance from Siouxland District Health and the Iowa Department of Public Health. The District will adjust protocols and procedures as guidance changes.