Clinic

Clinic Contact Information
Nurse: Jessica Whitney
Direct Phone: 401-315-2822
Direct Fax: 401-223-4843
Email: Jessica.Whitney@chariho.k12.ri.us

Please make sure the COVID-19 Health Check is completed daily. Contact the clinic (401-315-2822) if answering “Yes” to any questions for further guidance, or if your child stays home sick with any COVID symptoms.

Student COVID Testing Guide for Parents/Guardians

1.     Student Requires COVID Test because they:

a.     Meet probable case criteria based on symptom(s): cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing, new loss of smell or new loss of taste, OR at least two of the following symptoms: fever (measured > 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or subjective), chills (rigors), body aches (myalgia), headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, or congestion or runny nose (please consult with school nurse to determine).  

OR

b.     Are directed by RI Department of Health because you have been determined to be a close contact of a COVID positive individual.

 

2.     Call 844-857-1814 to schedule a test (Phone lines are open 7:30am-9:00pm, 7 days a week)

a.    Please call as soon as possible after notice of testing requirement

b.    Tests are scheduled at K-12 testing sites, typically 15-20 minutes from your home

c.     Do not arrange for testing through other sources (CVS, Pediatrician office, etc.) as they are not the two-step test, and can take longer!

 

3.    Wait for Test Results of both tests conducted (Rapid and PCR) before student can return to school

a.    All household members MUST quarantine while awaiting test results of symptomatic individuals meeting probable case criteria

b.    Do not send any siblings to school until a negative PCR is received and nurse has documentation

c.     Types of COVID tests:

                      Rapid COVID Test=Antigen

                      PCR COVID Test=RNA

 

4.    Contact School Nurse to determine ability to return to school

 

5.    Upon Return to School students must:

a.    Be symptom/fever-free and back to typical health for 24 hours without use of medication (Acetaminophen/Ibuprofen products) 

b.    Provide copy of PCR test results and submit completed After Illness Return Attestation Form to School Nurse

 

6.     TRAVEL:  If you travel from a state with a COVID-19 positivity rate greater than   

 5%  (Travel Restriction States) it is very important that you quarantine for 14 days upon arrival and schedule an asymptomatic test per RIDOH guidelines.

 

7.    Quarantine:  You may need to quarantine for a variety of different reasons.

a.    Pending test results

b.    Travel to a state with greater than 5%positivity rate

c.     You were directed by RIDOH

d.    Refusal of a test

e.    As directed by the school nurse or other school staff

f.      The students in quarantine will participate in distance learning and be marked present if they are well enough to do so.

Here is a link for more quarantine information more quarantine information

 

Excused School Exclusions from the Middle School Clinic

Per the “Chariho Regional School District Standing Physician's Orders & Health Office Policies and Procedures “a student may be excluded from school if they:

·       Are actively vomiting

·       Have a temperature greater than 100.4⁰F

·       Have an unexplained rash

·       Have frequent diarrhea

·       Have severe, persistent pain anywhere

·       Have severe cold symptoms

·       Have any COVID symptom:  cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing, new loss of smell or new loss of taste, OR at least two of the following symptoms: fever (measured > 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or subjective), chills (rigors), body aches (myalgia), headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, or congestion or runny nose.

OR

  • At the School Nurse Teacher's discretion

 

Early dismissals resulting from these symptoms will be considered excused by the clinic. All other early dismissals will be considered unexcused unless additional documentation from a health care provider is supplied per the Chariho Regional School District Attendance Policy.  Students who fail to log into distance learning while awaiting COVID testing will be considered unexcused absences.

 

Screenings to be Held During the School Year:

Dental Screening for 5th graders
Vision Screenings for 5th and 7th graders
Scoliosis Screening for 6th, 7th and 8th graders

If you do not wish your child to be screened at school then proper documentation from your health care provider needs to be submitted to the clinic in the form of an up to date physical and/or school dental form.

Links to Dental Forms and RI Physical Forms are also at the bottom of this page.

 

**Important Note Regarding Physicals**

Sports Physical Clinics are no longer available. If you plan to participate in school athletics, please ensure you have an up to date physical (within the past 13 months). Sports registration is now completed online through FamilyID. The link is located on the Athletics webpage.

The Pre-Participation Evaluation forms found in the Athletic Department packets do not count as RI State Physicals for school use. Printable copies of the sports packet can found here.

Please submit RI State Physical forms (or you healthcare provider's equivalent paperwork) to the clinic. Only these forms will meet the entrance requirements for 7th and 12th graders, and exempt your child from related screenings. These forms are available for printing at the bottom of this page or 
HERE .

Thank you for your cooperation and feel free to contact the clinics with any questions.

Middle School Clinic: 401-315-2822
High School Clinic: 401-315-2821

Immunization Requirement Updates:

Forms for physicals can be found HERE.

Students that have not met these requirements may be excluded from school.

Forms can be delivered to the Middle School Clinic, emailed to the nurse, or faxed to our direct line at 401-223-4843.

NOTE: If you have an appointment for any of these requirements booked after the start of school, please submit proof of a scheduled appointment and a Temporary Immunization Exemption form to the clinic as soon as possible. Verification of the physical and/or immunizations are due to the clinic the day after the listed appointment or school exclusion will ensue.

 

Students Entering 7th Grade:

In accordance with the Rhode Island Department of Health Rules and Regulations Pertaining to Immunization and Testing for Communicable Diseases (R23-1-IMM), all children entering the 7th grade should have already completed these immunizations:

Students entering the 7th grade will additionally need a physical completed within the 12 months of the 2020-21 school year and the following immunizations:

 

Students Entering 8th Grade:

In accordance with the Rhode Island Department of Health Rules and Regulations Pertaining to Immunization and Testing for Communicable Diseases (R23-1-IMM), all children entering the 8th grade in 2020-21 are required to have:

HPV Vaccine Dosing Guidelines:

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued new guidelines for HPV immunization dosing. The CDC now routinely recommends two (2) doses of HPV vaccine for 11 or 12 year olds to protect against HPV cancers. This change is meant to make it easier for parents to protect their children by reducing the number of shots and trips to your healthcare provider.  The first dose is recommended for 11 or 12 years old, with a second dose administered 6-12 months later (with a minimum of 5 months between doses).  Those starting the series at ages 15-26 years old will still need the three dose series.  Those who have received the first two doses less than 5 months apart will require a third dose.

What does this mean for me?
If your student:

  • Started the series at age 11-12
  • Had two doses of the HPV vaccine
  • AND the doses are more than 5 months apart

Then your student's HPV series is complete.

If your student:

  • Started the series at 13+

OR

  • Had two doses of the HPV vaccine less than 5 months apart

Then your student will need a third dose of the HPV vaccine.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call the clinic at 401-315-2822. We will be glad to assist you with this guideline transition.

 

Influenza Vaccine:

Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu shot every year, and it is especially important for Children 6 months to 19 years of age

(Link for flu clinics)

www.Schoolflu.com

 

Medications:

Any students requiring medications during the school-day should have physician's orders sent to the clinic. Forms specifically for EPI-Pens, Inhalers and Other Allergy Medications can be found HERE.

Any medications not picked up within 1 week of the end of school will be discarded.

The following over-the-counter (OTC) medications are not available for the 2020-21 school year:

  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
  • Ibuprofen (Motrin/Advil)
  • Tums
  • Cough Drops

Thank you for your understanding, but some OTC medications mask the symptoms of COVID such as cough, fever, and headache.

 

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