Health & Wellness

COVID-19 SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

It is important to be familiar with the signs and symptoms of COVID-19. These include fever or chills, new onset of cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and new onset of severe headache, especially with fever.

If your child exhibits any of the listed symptoms, he/she should not come to school, and you should contact your health care provider or the PCHD.

HEALTH ASSESSMENTS & SCREENING

At Home

PCS encourages families to complete a daily health assessment or screening before sending their child to school (Student Daily Health Assessment Form HERE). If a child exhibits symptoms or a temperature, do not send him/her to school. If your child has been exposed to COVID-19 by a family household contact, family member, or someone in the community that has tested positive, DO NOT send him/her to school. Additionally, if your child has been tested for COVID-19, please do not send him/her to school until the results have been determined.

At School

If a student exhibits any symptoms or complains of not feeling well, he/she will proceed to the office or designated isolation area for further evaluation. If the student has any symptoms or has a temperature, a parent or guardian will be contacted for student pick-up.

Designated isolation areas will be kept separate from the regular school nurse office used by students that need daily procedures. School Administration and nursing staff will identify areas for use in each building. Students in isolation areas must be visible to school staff supervising the area. Proper personal protective equipment, ventilation, and cleaning of these areas will follow WVDE and CDC guidelines.

Employees

Employees are also encouraged to complete a daily health assessment or screening prior to leaving home. Any employee that is not feeling well, has any symptoms of COVID-19 or has an elevated temperature needs to remain home.

Per the WVDE's "School Recovery & Guidance Document," an employee who exhibits COVID-19 symptoms should leave the premises immediately and seek medical care and/or COVID-19 testing. Local health departments should be informed of any such positive tests and for tracing purposes.

RETURNING TO SCHOOL AFTER COVID-19

Students or employees returning to school after testing positive for COVID-19 must complete a questionnaire and answer YES to the following questions:

  • Have you been fever-free without taking fever-reducing medication and have

    had no symptoms for 72 hours?

  • Has it been at least 10 days since having the first symptoms of COVID-19?

  • Has it been 3 days since symptoms have totally resolved?


    •  If a person tests positive for COVID-19 but has no symptoms, the individual shall stay home for 10 days after testing.

    • If a student or employee tests negative for COVID-19, the person may return

      to school after the student or employee is fever-free without taking fever-reducing medication and is feeling well for 72 hours.

SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL WELLNESS

PCS recognizes that educating a child goes beyond classroom instruction. PCS will continue to work closely with state and local health officials during these challenging times to provide guidance to address the child’s entire well-being. Research confirms that students perform better when they are in school and their social-emotional and mental health wellness is appropriately addressed.

PCS has trained counselors, school psychologists, school social workers, and school nurses ready to support and address the physical, social-emotional, and mental health wellness of students, staff, and families.

Putnam County Schools Emotional Support Hotline

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented many challenges to students, educators, and families, leaving some to feel overwhelmed, isolated, or alone. Taking steps to support yourself, your child, or your family is essential during these challenging times, even if it’s just a phone call. 

The Putnam County Schools Emotional Support Hotline provides resource referrals for students and families experiencing emotional distress.  

PCS student support staff are available to listen, talk, offer resources, and provide referrals to other local agencies if needed Monday thru Friday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.   

Give the PCS Emotional Support Hotline a call at (304) 586-4947 or (304) 586-0500, ext. 1960. 

If you are experiencing an emergency crisis, please contact the West Virginia Children’s Crisis Line at 1-800-HELP4WV (1-800-435-7498) or call 911 immediately. The West Virginia Children’s Crisis can also be reached on their website at https://wwwhelp4wv.com/ccl

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Guidance in this document is subject to change as additional information about the spread and prevention of COVID-19 is known. In addition, directives may evolve as they are received from Governor Jim Justice, public health officials, and the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE). Therefore, all West Virginia County Boards of Education must be prepared to alter their guidance to comply with any new directives to best safeguard student health and learning needs.