Eddie Campbell Jr., superintendent of Monongalia County Colleges, mentioned final week there are two issues he enjoys not having to do that fall – as his district turns to calendar web page to November.
He appreciates not having to cancel a soccer sport on a Friday evening, he mentioned.
And he particularly appreciates not having to quarantine an entire class that following Monday morning.
“When it comes to COVID, that is our most ‘again to regular’ 12 months since all this began,” the superintendent mentioned.
“Not that we aren’t being observant of it.”
The district in September did launch a brand new set of COVID protocols for 2023-24 that learn like a commonsense handout in a Contagion 101 class for college kids, academics, staffers, dad and mom and different caregivers.
For starters, in the event you’re a Mon scholar or college worker and you’ve got a persistent cough, or a fever, otherwise you simply plain don’t really feel properly – keep dwelling, as these tips go.
Then, take a COVID check.
Step up the urgency for one in the event you really feel your sense of style or odor going, or in the event you expertise any shortness of breath. An at-home model will work simply wonderful, in the event you favor to not go the clinic or hospital emergency room.
Know, too, that in the event you check constructive, you’ll nonetheless must isolate from others in your house.
If it’s your youngster, name the varsity. Inform them the date the check was administered.
Isolation lasts 5 days.
The date of testing is taken into account “Day Zero,” by the district.
You might even return to your class or your job on the sixth day, offered you’ve been with no fever for the prior 24 hours.
It doesn’t rely in the event you’re taking a drugs to knock that fever, the district tips say.
The district additionally recommends – however doesn’t require – that the contaminated particular person put on a masks on days six by means of 10 upon returning.
Susan Haslebacher, the district’s director of scholar well being providers, mentioned she’s writing the identical prescription as Campbell for her evaluation of a post-pandemic college 12 months so far.
“Normalcy” (at the very least thus far) is her watchword, she mentioned.
There have been “a few COVID circumstances right here and there,” she stories.
That, plus the requisite runny noses that complement the standard-issue bumps, cuts and bruises on the playground at recess.
“It’s just about a typical college 12 months,” she mentioned.
“Nothing prefer it was. And we aren’t actually into flu season but.”
However there may be that one factor, she mentioned.
Get vaccinated for COVID.
And get that influenza shot, too, the nurse-administrator mentioned.