Screening

SCREENING

Parents/guardians of students and staff will be required to self-screen daily before arriving at school. Anyone with a fever of 100 or higher should not come to school or an NISD facility.

Students and staff should also prescreen themselves for any of the following symptoms prior to coming to school:

  • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 Fahrenheit
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Shaking or exaggerated shivering
  • Significant muscle pain or ache
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea or vomiting

If you suspect that your child may have symptoms of COVID-19, please make sure the child sees a health care provider immediately. Children’s Healthâ„  is offering a free virtual health screening. Free screenings are being offered 24/7 with code: COVID19 through their Virtual Care program. Through a virtual visit, families can video chat with a health care provider right from home through a smartphone, tablet or computer about illnesses, injuries and mental health. You can use Virtual Visit to address common conditions such as coughs, respiratory infections, colds, sinus infections, fever, flu, headaches, diarrhea, strep throat and pink eye. Virtual Visit is not for serious or life-threatening conditions. If you have an emergency, go to the emergency room or call 911. Visit childrens.com/virtualvisit for more information.

Students and staff may be subject to temperature checks for verification, especially if they are feeling ill or suspected of having a fever during the school day.

All staff will monitor students and refer them to the clinic if symptoms are present. According to the assessment of the clinic staff, a treatment plan will be determined. Parents will be contacted to pick up students who are unable to remain at school, and the students return to school plan will be discussed. Students should be picked up within 30 minutes and no later than 1 hour from the time the campus contacted the student’s parent/guardian.

Students and staff will be required to report to Northwest ISD if a) they have come into close contact with an individual who is lab-confirmed with COVID-19; or b) they themselves have COVID-19 symptoms.

Northwest ISD requires all outsourced vendors (i.e. food service, transportation, custodial, etc.) to pre-screen and check the temperatures of all contracted workers and essential volunteers before they are allowed entrance on campus or on a bus.