HEALTH AND SAFETY OF ALL MATTER TO ALL OF US AT GSES!
EVERY SINGLE DAY SELF-ASSESS WITH THE STUDENT SCREENER
Every morning, your students must get in the habit of going over these self-screener questions before heading out for school. If you answer “Yes” to any question(s), please follow the guiding information in italics. Just ONE Yes response means “Don’t come to school today.”
Note: This is the current edition of the screener. You will be advised if updates occur.
Pasco County Schools expects that all parents/guardians will complete this pre-entry screening tool daily on behalf of their child before the child attends school.
Does the student have new or worsening onset of any of the following symptoms? Fever (greater than 100.4º), sore throat, new uncontrolled cough, that causes difficulty breathing (for students with chronic allergic/ asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline); diarrhea, vomiting or abdominal pain; and new onset of severe headache, especially with a fever. Other symptoms listed by the CDC include chills, fatigue/muscle or body ache, new loss of taste or smell, and congestion or runny nose.
YES ___ NO ___
The student cannot come on campus and is required to stay home for at least 24 hours after last fever (without taking medication to reduce fever) AND have improvement in other symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) AND at least ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared. Students may be permitted to return sooner with written clearance to return to school from their treating physician.
Within the past two weeks, has the student had prolonged AND close contact (closer than 6 feet for more than 15 minutes) with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and is still under a required isolation by the Pasco County Department of Health? YES ___ NO ___
If the student is currently living with someone who has recently tested positive for COVID-19, they cannot come on campus and are required to quarantine as advised by the Pasco County Department of Health.
Has the student recently tested positive for COVID-19? YES ___ NO ___
The student cannot come on campus and is required to stay home for at least 24 hours after last fever (without taking medication to reduce fever) AND have improvement in other symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) AND at least ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared. Students may be permitted to return sooner with a written clearance to return to school from their treating physician.
If you answer yes to any of these questions, your child needs to remain at home and cannot attend school. Please contact your medical provider for further guidance. You can access the CDC coronavirus self-checker at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/testing.html
Please note that Executive order 20-139 encourages anyone with a significant underlying medical condition (moderate to severe asthma, serious heart conditions, immunocompromised status, cancer, diabetes, severe obesity, renal failure and liver disease) to take measures to limit their exposure to COVID-19.
The novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19, is an extremely contagious virus, which can cause serious medical conditions, including death. COVID-19 has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization, and as a result, federal, state, and local governments along with federal and state health agencies recommend social distancing and have, in some circumstances, limited the congregation of people. The District School Board of Pasco County (DSBPC or District) has initiated reasonable, precautionary measures in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. However, given the extremely contagious nature of COVID-19, the DSBPC cannot guarantee that your child(ren) will not contract the virus while attending or engaging in school-related and/or extracurricular activities. To reduce the risk of exposure, the District has provided parents and guardians with several virtual educational options outside of the traditional brick and mortar classrooms, which include Pasco eSchool and mySchool Online. We look forward to educating your child(ren) and we appreciate your cooperation and efforts as we all work together to keep our students, children, and society healthy.
VISITORS COMING TO CAMPUS
Visitors are limited to those with appointments. Please phone the front office (727) 774-6000 if you need to make an appointment to come to school.
All visitors must:
- Complete the Visitor Self-Screener found at this link.
- Come to the front office for check-in
- Pasco Approved Volunteers will check in at the Community Hub, use the outside front entrance
- Remain in a designated location as directed during the visit (ex. front office, Community Hub Volunteer area)
JESSICA LUNSFORD ACT COMPLIANCE For your peace of mind, please know that any workers contracted to be on campus when students are here must pass a background check consistent with the Jessica Lunsford Act.
VOLUNTEERS: As well, all volunteers must be pre-screened by Pasco County Schools through an application found here. We welcome you to apply to be a Gulfside Elementary School Volunteer!
HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCEDURES
Policies and procedures are fluid and may change as new directives are received. This is a current snapshot. Find latest information at the district’s Re-opening page.
To follow are health precautions and procedures implemented throughout our school:
Masks are required of adults and students. Everyone must wear masks in school buildings and when engaged in school activities. Read the district’s face covering policy here.
HALLWAYS – KEEP RIGHT / KEEP MOVING
Students must wear masks in the halls, stay distanced from others, not congregate in groups, get to their class without stopping, and keep to the right.
Students and visitors will see signs all around the campus about social distancing, hand washing, directional arrows for keeping to the right when moving about the building, and requirements for people entering campus.
Hand sanitizer stations are being installed in visible areas throughout campus. Soap dispensers are in all classrooms and bathrooms. Please talk to your student about treating the dispensers gently. We want all to have easy access to soap and sanitizer.
Custodians will be disinfecting each room daily. Germicide spray is in each room with a microfiber cloth. Cleaning is in place for cafeteria, hallways, handrails, and frequently touched surfaces.
SINGLE USE SUPPLIES: Students will not be sharing supplies. In classes such as Art, we ask that students use their own set of supplies.
WATER FOUNTAINS Fountains will be “on” for the filling of bottles. Plastic bottles or other approved containers must have a lid that stays on tight to avoid spills. No drinking directly from fountains please!
STUDENT BEHAVIOR We believe that all students and families will take health and safety seriously. Therefore, I am confident that we will have full cooperation with wearing masks, staying socially distanced, washing hands, and following all the best practices for good health. However, if there is a pattern of a student not following the rules (such as for masks), we will reach out to parents, our school counselor and enact progressive disciplinary consequences as needed. This may include rescheduling to mySchool Online from Traditional.
CLINIC The clinic will have a separate room in the nearby portable for any unwell students exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. Our Clinic assistant or Para will monitor/supervise students in this area. We will immediately contact parents/guardians for students to be taken home. We have procedures in place for situations that might come up. Our goal is the safety and well-being of all our Pelicans.
Please see additional information listed in our Pasco Parent COVID Response Guide: https://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/reopening/parent-covid-response-guide