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Parents Reminded to Practice Pre-Screening Protocols

12/03/20 12:00 AM

SANTA RITA, Guam (Dec. 3, 2020) – Parents are reminded to practice pre-screening protocols before sending their students to Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Guam schools and getting on the school bus.

On Oct. 16, prior to the return of brick-and-mortar classes, parents were sent Pre-Screening Protocol sheets, that when signed and returned, acknowledge the responsibility to perform pre-screening measures each day within two hours before the start of school. The forms are required for each student prior to the start of face-to-face instruction.

A pre-screening check of students should be completed daily for the following symptoms that indicate a possible illness that could be spread to others:

·         A temperature check (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher) when taken by mouth;

·         Sore throat;

·         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; OR

·         Onset of severe headache, especially with a fever.

If experiencing any of the aforementioned symptoms, the student should remain home and follow appropriate medical protocols.

Additionally, if anyone in the household is suspected of having close contact with a person suspected of exposure or tested positive for COVID-19, they are advised to contact their healthcare provider for further guidance. 

“The measures we have put in place at our DoDEA schools have proved to be effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the school environment,” said U.S. Naval Base Guam Commanding Officer Capt. Jeffrey Grimes. “However, the most important mitigation is the pre-screening check of our students.  This check is our first line of defense and must be completed before any student boards a bus or is dropped off at school. Let’s keep our schools open – if a student or family member has any symptoms STAY AT HOME.”