COVID-19

dasboard illness information Testing Information
            quarantine information Vaccine Information 
COVID-19 is an illness caused by a newly identified type of coronavirus called Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 or SARS-CoV-2. COVID-19 is easily transmitted from person to person in close contact through the respiratory droplets released by infected persons during coughing, sneezing, or even talking. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic in March 2020.


Below you will find information about the procedures and guidelines WCSD will use this year related to illness and COVID-19 as well as where and how to get tested in our community.

Illness_____________________________________________________________
We ask that the parent/guardian please monitor their child(ren) for illness and review our
COVID-19 Screener daily, to determine if your child(ren) is safe to attend school. Please know that if your child presents to the health office during the school day with COVID-19 like symptoms, the health office will contact the family to discuss these options and send the child home.

If your child is experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms, here are the options to safely get your child back to school:

1.  Get tested(We cannot accept at home test results)

  • Positive Result - by molecular test (PCR/NAAT) or rapid antigen test, notify school.
  • Negative Result - by (PCR/NAAT). Please send a screenshot or copy of test results to health office staff to clear your child to return with symptom improvement.  
  • Asymptomatic siblings/household members can remain at school without testing, while the symptomatic person is pending test results.

2.  See your Healthcare Provider: the provider must provide a Return to School letter with an alternative diagnosis to explain symptoms your child is experiencing within the letter and when the child can return.


3.  Quarantine:
a minimum of 10 days for the individual with symptoms and an additional 5/10 days for the other household members.

*Siblings/household members who are lab confirmed COVID-19 within 90 days of diagnosis are exempt from this for 90 days after diagnosis.


Testing Information_________________________________________________
WCSD has partnered with COVID Clinic to provide testing right at school. The testing site offers rapid Antigen (BinaxNOW) testing (15-30 min) and  PCR testing (4-5 day turnaround time due to increase in testing, but typically 48 - 72 hrs). Testing is free to our students, staff and household members.

Testing Location/Hours of Operation
Testing will be located at the High School, in the concession stand next to our football field. To get to this location, drive towards our Middle school building and go around the right side of the building. Please follow the bright pink signs to get to the location and parking. There will be designated stalls (behind the bleachers) and signs for next steps. 

Site Days/Hours: Monday - Friday: 6:45 am - 2:30 pm
No appointments needed. Please remain in your vehicle and the call phone number on the sign for next steps.

Consent
Consent must be obtained either prior to testing or at the time of testing for the individual.

COVID Connect 2.0. - Directions for creating an account.

  • Household members and staff: Need to create an account if they haven't already. Register HERE.
  • Students: The testing site will create the account or will let you know if your child is already registered.

This registration will only need to be completed once and is valid for the entire school year.

This consent form can be withdrawn at any time by notifying the school.


Testing
Samples for testing will be collected by using a nose swab (small swab put into the nose) - not a brain pick. Swabbing instructions and supervision will be provided by trained staff. Children may be swabbed by their parents or tester, older children may swab themselves.

Test Results
Results will be available using the patient portal - click
HERE. If you are still not receiving PCR results, you can call Exact Sciences Laboratory. They are open 24 hrs. 1-844-870-8870.  

Other Testing Sites

Community Test sites are also available. Please be aware of the hours of operation and age guidelines before heading to the test site. Many sites also require an appointment.

**New location in Oshkosh: Summit Clinical Labs (2135 S. Koeller St, Oshkosh, WI 54902)

Regular Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 am - 4 pm, walk-in
Type of Testing: PCR, results in less than 24 hrs!!
Bring ID & Insurance card.
Registration ahead of time is recommended. LINK TO REGISTER

**Omro Pharmacy does offer PCR testing. Please call ahead to verify if your insurance is covered and to make an appointment. Cost $99 if insurance not covered. Results in about 1 hour. 920-685-5041.

Order at-home tests:
ORDER HERE.

Isolation/Quarantine_________________________________________________

If your child or WCSD staff member is COVID Positive then, isolation may end after 5 days if the following conditions have been met:
-Fever for at least 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medications);
-AND other symptoms have resolved, except for loss of taste/smell as that could linger beyond 10 days;
-AND at least 5 days have passed since your test was taken.
-OR if they had no symptoms on day of test, and developed symptoms after test date, release date would be 5 days after symptom onset. (Please notify the school). 
-Strongly advised to mask around others for an additional 5 days after isolation ends.

If your child or WCSD staff member is fully vaccinated, and is a close contact to someone who is COVID positive within the household, it is NOT required to quarantine, however:
-Has no symptoms;
-Strongly advised to mask around others for an additional 10 days. 
*If your child or WCSD staff member had lab confirmed COVID-19 within 90 days, would NOT need to quarantine.

If your child or WCSD staff member is NOT vaccinated and is a close contact to someone who is COVID positive within the household, they can end quarantine 5 days after last exposure to the COVID positive person and the the following conditions have been met:
-Has no symptoms;
-Test Negative with Antigen or PCR/NAAT on Day 5 or after to return. Cannot accept at home test results. Please send a screenshot or copy of test results to school.

-Strongly advised to mask around others for an additional 5 days. 


Vaccine____________________________________________________________

Students and staff are not required to get the COVID-19 Vaccine to attend school/work. The COVID-19 Vaccine is available to anyone 5 years of age or older. If you would like more information on getting your COVID-19 vaccine, please visit the
Winnebago County Health Department website.
According to the CDC/DHS, people are considered vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine
  • And be boosted if you are 18 and older, and it has been at least 5 months since completing your primary COVID vaccination series. *On 1/5/22 CDC now advises booster for children 12 years and older and at least 5 months since completing Pfizer 2-dose series.

If it has been less than 2 weeks since your 1-dose shot, or if you still need to get your second dose of a 2-dose vaccine, you are NOT fully protected. 

Vaccine Availability
On November 3, 2021, the FDA, CDC and Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced that children 5-11 years old are now eligible to receive the Pfizer-BioTech (Pfizer) COVID-19 Vaccine. It requires two doses 21 days apart for full protection, and is the first and only vaccine currently available for this age group.

--Where can I get vaccinated?
Omro Pharmacy (328 E. Main St, Omro) - has all 3 vaccine adult vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna and J&J) available and boosters, as well as Pfizer vaccine for children 5-17 years. No appointment needed, just come in during business hours. 

Your family's healthcare provider would be a great resource - as many hospital pharmacies may have vaccine availability. Please contact them for more information. You can also check out Winnebago County's website
here, for more availability in the area. 

If you have any further questions or want to discuss your situation, please contact our health office staff.

District School Nurse
Jennifer Krause, BSN RN
krausej@w-csd.org
920-582-5803 extension 3134

Health Aide                                             Health Aide
Hong Hottmann, RN                               Michele Sawotka-Meyers
hottmanh@w-csd.org                              weyersm@w-csd.org
920-582-5803 extension 3120                 920-582-5800 extension 2168


Additional COVID-19 Resources
Center for Disease Control & Prevention: COVID-19

Wisconsin Department of Health Services: COVID-19

  • Statewide COVID-19 Hotline: 1-844-684-1064

Winnebago County Health Department: COVID-19

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