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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, regardless of COVID vaccination status, 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 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. Pictures of home test results will NOT be accepted. Please obtain a COVID test from a testing provider on your island that issues documented results (PCR/NAAT or antigen tests are accepted).

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 contact your child’s health room.

COVID-19 testing

We strongly encourage COVID-19 vaccinations as the leading public health strategy and best way to stay and keep others safe. To help monitor the effectiveness of preventive measures and identify asymptomatic cases in unvaccinated individuals as an additional layer of protection, we will be conducting periodic COVID-19 testing. Testing is intended to help improve the safety of the learning environment and is intended for those who attend a kula in person.

Required screening testing

All school based staff and all students in grades 7-12 who are not fully vaccinated (2 weeks post last shot date) and/or do not register their proof of vaccination through the KS electronic health records Mo‘omō‘ali Olakino system (students) or the KS Vaccination Registry (employees) will be required to participate in weekly COVID-19 screening tests. The CDC recommends that fully vaccinated individuals or individuals that have tested positive in the last 3 months do not receive screening testing thus, individuals who have registered their proof of vaccination with KS or shared proof of a positive test result with KS are exempt from this requirement. 

Testing will be saliva-based PCR and is anticipated to occur weekly, but the frequency may change based on conditions including community prevalence. Testing for most* staff and students will be made available via home kits that are distributed at school and collected the next day. A consent form must be signed in the KS electronic health record Mo‘omō‘ali Olakino (https://ohana.ksbe.edu). 

*For some remote preschool locations Vault Health saliva test kits may be used for staff testing. Staff will sign a consent form as part of the test kit ordering process.

Voluntary screening testing

Voluntary testing will continue to be offered to students in preschool through 6th grade.

For K-6 testing will be saliva-based PCR and is anticipated to occur weekly, but the frequency may change based on conditions including community prevalence. To participate a consent form must be signed in the KS electronic health record Mo‘omō‘ali Olakino (https://ohana.ksbe.edu). 

For preschool student’s home Vault Health saliva test kits will be made available for ordering periodically, and parents/guardians will sign a consent form as part of the test kit ordering process.

Symptomatic students

Students who develop any COVID-19 symptom(s) at school regardless of vaccination status, 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.

For K-12 students 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 voluntarily tested. Depending on the circumstances, saliva or nasoparyngeal swab based PCR testing may be offered. Nasal swabbing of elementary students will only be performed with their parent/guardian present. On a case-by-case basis, antigen testing may also be performed. To participate a consent form must be signed in the KS electronic health record Mo‘omō‘ali Olakino (https://ohana.ksbe.edu).

Close contacts to a positive COVID-19 individual

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 and have not received documentation of being fully vaccinated before they 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 individuals 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 release you from the need to quarantine from the last exposure.

To participate a consent form must be signed in the KS electronic health record Mo‘omō‘ali Olakino (https://ohana.ksbe.edu).

Consent instructions and test results

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.

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.

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