Health Services Protocols
Uplift’s Health Service Plan was developed using guidance from a variety of sources, including federal, state, and local health organizations, as well as the U.S. Department of Education, Texas Education Agency, and peer institutions. Uplift Health Services will lead the on-campus COVID-response efforts. However, identifying potential symptoms or cases of COVID-19 is a community effort that requires the vigilance of teachers, staff, parents, and scholars themselves.
Staff or scholars will not be allowed on campus if they (1) have a confirmed case of COVID-19, (2) have been exposed to someone who has a confirmed case, or (3) display COVID-19 symptoms or fail the temperature check upon arrival to campus. These individuals may not return to campus until meeting certain criteria (see ‘Returning to Campus’ below).Close contact is defined by the CDC as: any individual within 6 feet for at least 15 consecutive minutes. More information can be found on the CDC website.
Symptoms of COVID-19 vary and range from mild symptoms to severe illness and can include:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Emergency Warning Signs for COVID-19
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
This list does not include all possible symptoms, but should serve as a baseline for self-assessment. If emergency warning signs for COVID-19 are present, 911 will be called and the operator notified of potential COVID-19 symptoms.
Potential COVID-19 Cases on Uplift Campuses
If a potential case of COVID-19 is identified on an Uplift campus Uplift will transition those scholars and staff members from the impacted classroom into a “virtual learning” format until such time as the classroom (and any other areas used by the infected person) can be properly disinfected. Uplift will communicate the incident to the impacted parties.
Communication Procedure for Potential COVID-19 Cases
Schools are required to provide written notification of positive COVID-19 cases to all impacted teachers, staff, and families of scholars. Uplift Education's Health Service team will also notify local health departments.
To protect privacy, contacts are only informed that they may have been exposed to a person with the infection. They are not told the identity of the person who may have exposed them.
Returning to Campus After Quarantine / Isolation
Staff or scholars who have COVID-19 symptoms, have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or who test positive will not be allowed to return to school until the follow conditions are met:
- Fever-free for 24 hours without the aid of fever-reducing medicine
- The individual has an improvement in symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath)
- At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared
Isolation Protocol & Contact Tracing
Extra space has been set aside on each campus (based upon number of staff and scholars) to accommodate potential treatment and/or quarantine required for staff or scholars experiencing COVID-19-related symptoms. These spaces will serve as triage areas and/or quarantine space (as necessary) until the scholar or staff member showing symptoms can be safely transported home.
Contact tracing may by performed by Uplift Education’s Health Services team in conjunction with Talent Management and the local health departments, where applicable. Persons who are identified as having potentially come into contact with another person who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be notified of potential exposure.