To address State, County, and school health policies while settling realistic expectations that assure the health and safety of students.
Health Team Overview
The School Nurse functions as a part of the school's multidisciplinary team to bridge the gap between health, wellness and learning. Working with parents, other health professionals and school staff, the school nurse provides services for students that promote optimum health for academic success. The FCS Health Team provides the expertise to identify, assess, plan, implement and evaluate the health needs of the school community. Program emphasis is directed toward prevention of disease and promotion of health utilizing health services, health counseling, and health education. The health team supports Forcey Christian School and helps reduce interruptions to student learning.
The Frontline Health Portal is Forcey Christian School's health management system.
School Health Access: Parents of students will be required to fill out the Frontline ‘Health check’ questionnaire to receive an excused absence due to illness. Students are required to fill in the ‘Health check’ questionnaire prior to returning from illness, regardless of illness. The screening system alerts for symptoms and follow ups are often conducted between parents and the health staff. For a student to return to school, it is a necessity for families to remember to complete this form. If a student is dropped off without the health pass completed, they are not allowed access into the classroom. Frontline Health Portal will also be used to alert to any enhanced preventions strategies regarding COVID-19 when Community levels are high in Montgomery County.
Masks: Forcey Christian School follows the Montgomery County Public School’s lead and masks are optional for all Forcey Christian School staff and students.
Attendance: Notifying your student's teacher AND the School Nurse is important when a student is unable to attend school. If your child is seen by their medical provider or diagnosed with an illness such as strep throat, COVID-19, conjunctivitis (pink eye) or any other communicable disease please notify the health team at Judith-Bickell@fcs.school.
Return to school for COVID-19 related infection: To meet the approved criteria to return to school *The student must be on day 5 with a confirmed COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 infection. Day 1 is the first full day the student has a PCR confirmed COVID-19 infection (regardless of symptomatic or asymptomatic status). *The student must be fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication. Fever is considered a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. *The student will then be required to wear a N95 mask on campus for 6 additional days to attend school.
At Home Test Kit Procedures: A picture of the original packaging with FDA approval visible AND a picture of results with student's name and grade visible. A picture is needed for COVID-19 related absence and should be sent to the school nurse.
Field Trips: As we consider options for off campus trips, please note that we need parent volunteers to accompany students and staff. Parents should be fully vaccinated and/or prepared to take a COVID-19 test prior to traveling. Our goal is to provide a safe environment for our students, staff, and FCS community.
Parent Volunteers: As the weather improves, we are looking for more parent volunteers onsite. This has been a blessing for teachers and staff during years past and a joy to more students and parents. Fully vaccinated parents will be our first resource, especially those who are PTO members. There are times, when testing prior to reporting to campus may be allowed versus vaccination status.
Travel: There are currently no travel restrictions or requirements.
COVID Crisis Communication Policy
Forcey Christian School applies State and local school district policy and procedures, for our applicable standards of practice, which may be subject to change in relation to our county community levels.
Confirmed infected students will be required to follow the time-base strategy criteria (as previously mentioned) for returning to school.
The Health Team strongly encourages parents or caregivers to monitor their children for symptoms of illness every day. Families can conduct home screenings reporting to their answers on two topics: the presence of COVID-19 related symptoms and close/potential exposure.
COVID-19 County Community levels (Low, Medium, and High):
Low: Students will follow our recommended standard wellness procedures. If the student is at high risk of getting very sick, please talk to your school nurse or healthcare provider about additional prevention actions.
Medium: If the student had a household or social contact with someone with a confirmed COVID-19 infection, consider self-testing to detect infection before attending school, and consider wearing a high-quality mask when indoors.
High: The students may be required to wear a high-quality mask to attend school. Increased prevention strategies will be implemented on campus.
Please note: COVID Crisis Communication Policy is subject to change.
Local Testing Site
Burtonsville Quality First Urgent Care
Located in: Burtonsville Town Square
Address: 15646 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, MD 20866
Phone: (301) 421-1214
Additional testing sites
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