September 13th, 2020
Welcome back to campus! It has been so much fun to have students and families back on campus!
I need to tell you about a few new procedures:
Return to school attestation form
Families of students returning to school after any illness must fill out this After-Illness Attestation Form. We've created a shortcut to this form at www.gordonschool.org/return. This form can be delivered in-person when the student returns to school or scanned and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Testing for students and staff
The Rhode Island Department of Health has developed a COVID-19 testing program for students and staff at all K-12 schools (independent as well as public). The test scheduling service will begin Monday, September 14, 2020 at 7:30 a.m.
The phone number for this service will be posted on the RIDOH website Sunday the 13th by 10 p.m. This service line is only for Kindergarten to twelfth grade students, faculty and staff who have symptoms, have been identified as a close contact of a positive case, or are a classmate of a positive case. Families will be able to call the dedicated test scheduling service seven days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. to schedule an appointment. Nursery and Preschool students of Gordon School are also eligible.
After the test is scheduled, a confirmation email with the date, time, and place of the appointment will be sent to you.
Here is the list of testing sites for Rhode Island students, faculty and staff.
Anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms will get two tests. The first test is a rapid test. The results of this test will be available before the end of the day. The second test is called a PCR test. This test result will be available in forty-eight hours.
Anyone who does not have symptoms but had close contact with someone who has COVID-19 will get a PCR test only.
Faculty and staff who have COVID-19 symptoms and get a test at the Rhode Island Convention Center will get the result of their rapid test before they leave the site.
Faculty and staff and students who have COVID-19 symptoms and get a test at any other PreK-12 test site will get the result of their rapid test from East Side Clinical Lab before the end of the day. The rapid test result are available from East Side Clinical Lab’s patient portal at www.eastsidelab.com/sonicmyaccess or by texting ESCL to 66349.
Anyone who gets a PCR test will get their result from Dominion Diagnostics within forty-eight hours. You can get the result of your PCR test by creating an account on the Dominion Diagnostics patient portal.
All this information and more can be found at the RIDOH website.
A few reminders
The Rhode Island Department of Health has provided clear guidelines for any signs or symptoms of illness in the Playbook for K-12 Schools, linked at www.gordonschool.org/playbook
They have made it clear to schools that will be a low threshold for illness. Students with any symptom of COVID-19 will need to stay home or be sent home. The RIDOH advises that parents of all symptomatic individuals seek medical advice and test if recommended.
If a student experiences a new onset symptom (developed within the last twenty-four hours) the student should stay home or, if the symptom first presents at school, the student will need to go home. If that same student remains fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and the symptom improves or resolves, the student is welcome to return to school. The RIDOH recommends that all families of symptomatic individuals seek medical advice.
Please be sure that your emergency information is up to date in the family portal at www.gordonschool.org/parentlogin. Be sure there is a plan in place to pick up your child within one hour, should your student exhibit COVID-19 symptoms.
The complete health and safety handbook for families is at www.gordonschool.org/healthsafety
Sandy Horton, R.N.