News from the Nurse
COVID Exposure & Quarantine
Once we receive notice that a COVID positive person has been on our campus during their infectious period the following will occur. Email notifications will be sent with a dashboard of number of cases reported on campus for that day. The notification will include all classrooms that the covid positive person(s) was in on the included dates. The parent must check the listed classrooms to determine if their child was in those same classes. The policy is that anyone in the same classroom with the covid positive person is considered to be a close contact exposure. The parent is responsible for notifying attendance by sending a copy of the email to BMS.email@example.com if you choose to keep your child home on quarantine. The following is the policy regarding quarantine for close contact exposure.
Hays CISD, as well as the local health department, recommends self-quarantine and monitoring for symptoms for anyone that has had close contact with someone with COVID-19. Quarantine keeps someone who might have been exposed to the virus away from others. This means that we recommend your student stay home and not be around other people outside your household or those with health concerns during this time. Per district protocol, quarantine is optional at this time for close contact COVID exposure as long as your student remains symptom free.
- If, at any time during the two weeks after your child’s exposure to COVID-19, they develop symptoms or test positive for COVID-19, please keep your student home and let the campus nurse know immediately.
- IF you choose to quarantine, the following guidelines are suggested:
- Option 1: If you choose not to test your child for COVID-19, your child should quarantine for 5 full days from last exposure and may return on day 6 with mask use for and additional 5 days. Your child must also remain asymptomatic for the entirety of the quarantine. If you prefer your child not wear a mask then they should remain home and quarantine for the full 10 days.
- Option 2: If you choose to have your child tested for COVID-19, please choose a PCR COVID-19 test and schedule the test for at least 5 days after their exposure to the covid-positive person. If your child’s test comes back negative and they remain symptom free they may return to campus. Mask use is strongly recommended for 10 days after exposure.
Please notify the nurse if anyone in your home test positive for COVID. The quarantine requirements for in home covid exposure are different. If someone in the students home is positive and the student is unvaccinated, they must remain off campus and isolate from the covid positive person. They can test after day 5 of last exposure and if negative return. If you prefer not to test they may return on day 6 and wear a mask for an additional 5 days if they have no symptoms. If you prefer not to wear a mask then you must remain out for 10 days.
If fully vaccinated (2 weeks after second dose of vaccines) you may return to campus at anytime after exposure as long you you have no symptoms of covid and do not have a positive test.
COVID Positive cases
Please notify campus nurse immediately if your student test positive for COVID. All covid positive individuals must quarantine 5 full days from onset of symptoms or positive test date, whichever came first and may return to campus and wear a mask for 5 days . If you prefer not to wear a mask for the additional five days you must quarantine for the full 10 days at home. You must provide a copy of the covid positive test results for attendance to be excused. A campus wide notification will go out to all parents and staff via email for any covid positive person who was on campus during their infectious period.
Illness or Covid symptoms
Any student sent home or kept home with covid like symptoms must provide a negative PCR covid test or an MD note clearing the student to return to campus. If you choose not to test or see an MD you must remain off campus for 5 full days from onset of symptoms and wear a mask for an additional 5 days on return. If you prefer not to wear a mask then you must remain out 10 full days. Please notify attendance of your absence via BMS.firstname.lastname@example.org
• Loss of Sense of Taste or Smell
• Difficulty Breathing/Shortness of
• Sore Throat
• Muscle/Body Aches
• Congestion or Runny Nose
- Night sweats
Students may participate in schoology for learning but it is not required during the abscences. Students will have the ability to make up work on return.
Christi Chabarria, RN
I am a registered nurse with 19 years of nursing experience. I have been a school nurse here at Barton for 6 years. I am married and we have 2 wonderful children. My husband is a cardiac nurse in Austin. We live in Mountain City and both of our children are students within Hays CISD. I stay busy with family activities, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
School nursing has been very rewarding and challenging and I look forward to many more years. I thank you for the opportunity of caring for your children. I will use each encounter with your children to promote wellness, teach and provide my best care to the children. I am always available for questions, comments, or concerns.
School nursing is a professional registered nursing specialty that involves identification, assessment, prevention, and intervention to remedy or modify students' health needs. The nurse's goal is to promote the optimum health of students and the students' abilities to achieve their individual educational goals.
Nurses monitor required immunizations, perform mandated health screenings, track communicable diseases, plan for emergencies and provide direct care to students. Please use the links to the left to learn more about the Hays CISD District Health Services.
We would like to assure you that medical information about your child is treated as confidential by the nurses and all school staff. We do not share information about your child with outside parties nor can we discuss health concerns of any other student with you.
Tips for health and wellness
*Start off with a healthy breakfast.
*Hydration is key to staying healthy, alert and attentive.
*Stay physically active. 60 minutes of daily moderate activity is recommended to stay fit.
*Maintain energy and focus with healthy snacks.
*Establish a consistent sleep routine.
*WASH HANDS OFTEN!
* Keep hands away from eyes, ears, nose and mouth.
*Wear appropriate clothing choices for temperatures. Wear comfortable and safe shoes for student activity while at school.
*Notify your school nurse of childs health concerns.
*Provide school nurse with needed documentation and medication for health conditions.
* Have regular checkups with pediatrician and stay current on all vaccines including annual flu vaccine.
Christi Chabarria, RN, BSN
512-268-1472, EXT. 46430