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COVID-19 symptoms and testing

What to do if symptoms develop

If a student develops COVID-19 symptoms while at school, the school health rooms will have a designated area for isolation and care will be administered by Health Services staff.

An administrator will ensure that spaces where the student spent more than ten minutes are cleaned and disinfected before the next day when other students will be in them.

Parents will be requested to pick up their child within 1-2 hours. If no parent response is received after two hours, an emergency contact will be called.

Students with other non-COVID-19 like symptoms will follow normal school protocols.

Please note these symptoms and the readmit process may need to be adjusted over time to reflect any new federal or state guidance.

Returning to school following COVID-19 symptoms

If your child has experienced any symptom(s) of COVID-19 for 1-3 days even if at home and not missing in-person learning, a doctor’s note or negative COVID-19 PCR test collected after the onset of symptom(s) must be provided to your child’s health room prior to your child’s return to school or school activities (including athletics); a doctor’s note continues to be required for return following 4 or more days of illness.

To ensure that your child is cleared to return to school or school activities (including athletics), we recommend that you submit the required documentation prior to when your child returns onsite. This will avoid your child possibly needing to be sent home upon arriving onsite for not having the necessary documentation. Please log into the KS electronic health record Mo‘omō‘ali Olakino (https://ohana.ksbe.edu) and upload a copy of the negative test result or doctor’s note clearing the student to return to school, as applicable.

Instructions on how to access the KS electronic health record Mo‘omō‘ali Olakino:

  1. Please use the most current version of Chrome, Firefox, or Safari for your browser.
  2. Go to https://ohana.ksbe.edu, and login using your personal email that is on record at KS and password; when logging in as an employee, employees will use their KS email and password.
  3. Once you login, in the upper right-hand corner, it should say ‘Kamehameha Schools' under your name. If it doesn't, click on the icon and select your Kamehameha Schools account. Then you should see the Mo‘omo‘ali Olakino application. THIS IS DIFFERENT THAN YOUR KS CONNECT ACCOUNT.
  4. Once logged on to Mo‘omoali Olakino, please upload any medical clearance notes or medical forms by clicking on ‘Form Download/Upload’ on the left menu bar.
  5. Once reviewed, you will receive a confirmation email from Mālama Ola Health Services staff stating that the student is cleared to return to school the next day. A copy of the readmit letter will also be posted on the parent portal for your records.
  6. On the morning of the day student is returning, please remember to complete the Student Wellness Check-in to attest that student is symptom free.
  7. Please have student return to the office in the morning before returning to class.
  8. If you have any questions, please feel free to call your child's respective health room, or email us at kskmalamaola@ksbe.edu.

COVID-19 testing

The testing described below is voluntary and at no cost to the student or employee. Testing is intended to help improve the safety of the learning environment and is intended for those who attend a kula in person.

Surveillance

To help monitor the effectiveness of preventive measures and identify asymptomatic cases as an additional layer of protection, we will be conducting periodic testing. Testing will be saliva-based PCR and is anticipated to occur monthly, but the frequency may change based on conditions including community prevalence. For campus students and employees, testing will occur on campus on school days. For preschool students and employees, home test kits will be made available for ordering, and they will sign a consent form as part of the test kit ordering process each time they order a test kit. For campus-based students and employees to participate in the surveillance testing, a consent form must be signed in the KS electronic health record Mo‘omō‘ali Olakino (https://ohana.ksbe.edu), and this will authorize participation for the remainder of the school year. Parents/guardians will access the EHR the same way as they did for medical clearance before the start of the school year. Employees will be able to access the EHR using their KS email and password. Test results will be reported through the EHR, and individuals who test positive will be personally contacted.

Instructions on how to sign the consent form authorizing voluntary testing for COVID-19 (COVID Consent Form):

Information on saliva-based testing

  • We’ll collect 1.0-1.5 mL of saliva.
  • For 1 hour beforehand, no eating, drinking, chewing gum, brushing teeth, or otherwise placing anything in your mouth, or the sample may be invalid.
  • Drooling is preferred as spitting can add air bubbles and mucus to the sample.
  • Learn more at https://www.shieldt3.com/shield-t3/resources/.

Symptomatic

Students who develop any COVID-19 symptom(s) at school, that is not a typical symptom of a known condition, will be isolated, and their parent/guardian will be contacted to pick up the student. If there is a signed consent for testing on file, when the parent/guardian is contacted to pick up their child, they will be asked if they would like for their child to be tested. If they give verbal consent, a rapid test will be performed. This is an antigen test of a sample collected by nasal swab. Nasal swabbing of elementary students will only be performed with their parent/guardian present. A negative antigen test will not be sufficient for a student to be cleared to return to school; a PCR test or doctor’s note is needed as described above. The parent/guardian may instead or in addition consent to a PCR test. This PCR test will utilize a nasoparyngeal swab and be performed at a local lab. We are working with this lab to be able to offer a saliva-based option for symptomatic testing.

Close contact

If close contacts are on campus when KS learns of a confirmed case that had been onsite, we will attempt to collect saliva-based specimen from those for whom we have received signed consent for testing before the are picked up. If the close contacts are not on campus, KS may arrange for drive through testing or may recommend ‘ohana contact their healthcare providers. Testing upon being identified as a close contact can help identify if a close contact was potentially infectious prior to entering quarantine. A negative test does not obviate the need to quarantine for 10 days from the last exposure.


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