COVID-19 Resources and Protocols
The health, safety, and welfare of students, staff, and the community remains the highest priority for the Brandywine School District. As a district, we are implementing protocols, safety measures, and expectations to ensure the safety of all who enter our buildings.
The Brandywine School District is taking advantage of the Delaware Division of Public Health's (DPH) offer to provide weekly COVID testing for students and staff. The State has contracted with the Quidel Corporation, a diagnostic healthcare company, to provide this service free of charge as yet another layered mitigation strategy to keep students, staff, and families safe. Parents must complete the consent form to enroll their child(ren) for testing. No student will be tested without the consent of the parent(s) or legal guardian(s).
Quidel COVID-19 Testing
- Parents will complete a one-time registration for their child to be tested weekly at school for the 2021-2022 school year. Register your child at this website.
- The nurse and the school administration will be given the list of names of students who have registered through the website.
- Each school will be assigned a day of the week and a block of time to complete the testing.
- A Quidel nurse will come to the school on the designated day and time to perform the testing only on those students whose parents have completed the online registration and permission.
- Each school will determine whether testing will be done in the nurse’s office or outside the classroom. We want to limit time out of the classroom so education is not interrupted.
- A shallow nasal swab will be performed by the Quidel nurse in each nostril with a cotton-tipped swab. The sample will then be placed in the reagent and labeled with the child’s information.
- The student can immediately return to class.
- After all testing at the school has been completed the properly labeled samples will be transported to the Quidel Lab for results. Results will be completed by 5 PM on the testing date.
- If a positive result is entered, an email will go out to the point of contact provided at registration. (parents/guardian)
- The person at the testing hub will call the school nurse to inform them of positive result. If the student is still at school, that student will isolated in the Nurse’s Office and the parent/guardian will be notified to pick student up from school. The Quidel nurse will return to the school to do a second swab for PCR testing. A courier will pick up the swab from school to send to DPH lab
- The remaining students will be placed in another location while the room is being cleaned and sanitized.
- Contact tracing and procedures will be conducted.
- You will only receive a phone call on the day of testing if your child tests positive.
- Students in grades K-12, as well as our 18 to 21 year old young adults in the S.I.T.E. Program, are required to wear facial coverings while inside any building or enclosed space owned by the building (e.g. press box, locker room, drivers' education vehicle, etc.)
- Students and staff are required to wear facial coverings while on buses and all other district-provided means of student and staff transportation.
- In alignment with the recommendations made by the American Academy of Pediatrics, students in Pre-K and classes with specialized populations may not be able to utilize masks/face coverings to the same extent as other classrooms (e.g. students that are unable to remove their mask due to physical disabilities, students whose psychological or emotional conditions would be adversely impacted, etc.). In those instances, employees may choose to wear district-provided face shields in addition to masks/face coverings. All such exemptions will be approved by the Building Principal.
- Students are not required to wear a mask when eating or drinking.
- Students and staff do not have to wear masks at recess or any time they are outside for school events or activities.
- Individuals (students or staff) who have a medical condition that does not allow for the wearing of a mask must provide medical document to the Building Principal and Nurse (students) or the Director of Human Resources and School Health Coordinator (staff).
- Parents are responsible for providing facial coverings for students. Face coverings should cover the nose and mouth of the student.
2 or 3 ply masks and cotton masks (including homemade) are acceptable.
- Neck gaiters, neck fleeces, bandanas, knitted masks, and masks with exhalation valves or vents are not permitted. These masks are prohibited based on studies showing that they do not adequately reduce vapor droplet spread and in some cases increase the ability of vapor droplets to travel.
- Student's name should be written in permanent ink on their face covering/mask to avoid cross contamination.
- Recognizing that it may be difficult for students to wear face coverings/masks continuously throughout an entire school day, staff will be provided guidance for providing "safe face coverings / mask breaks" to balance safety with students' social-emotional well-being.
- In accordance with CDC guidance, the use of clear face shields alone is not adequate protection. If clear face shields are used, the individual is still required to wear and approved face covering/mask.
- The District will be providing staff who interact with hearing impaired students and teachers of students first learning to read with face masks that have a clear panel that allows the staff member's mouth to be visible to students.
- Face masks are considered attire and as such, are subject to the terms and conditions of the BSD Code of Student Conduct for Dress Code. Repeated refusal to comply with wearing a face covering will be deemed defiance and may lead to further disciplinary action.
- Staff working in an isolated office space may remove their mask when no other individual is present, but must put on a mask if joined by another individual.
For Parents: Care of face coverings and masks
- Masks should be washed daily.
- Masks can be washed with your regular laundry, using regular laundry soap and the warmest appropriate water setting for the cloth used to make the mask.
Masks can be washed by hand.
- Prepare a bleach solution of 4 teaspoons of household bleach per quart of room temperature water.
- Check the label on the bleach to make sure it is intended for disinfection. NEVER mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleaner.
- Soak the mask in the bleach solution for 5 minutes.
- Rinse thoroughly with cool or room temperature water.
Tips to help young children who may be afraid to wear a face covering:
- Look in the mirror with face coverings on with your child and then talk about it.
- Put a cloth face covering on a favorite stuffed animal.
- Decorate the a face mask so it's more personal and fun.
Show your child pictures of family, friends, and other children wearing face coverings.
- Draw a face covering on their favorite book character.
- Practice wearing a face covering with your child to help him or her get used to it before coming to school.
Additional resources from DPH can be found here.
Clean hands save lives! Germs are everywhere. They can get onto hands and items we touch during daily activities and make us sick. Cleaning hands at key times with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethanol or 70% isopropyl alcohol content if soap and water is not readily available is one of the most important steps a person can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to those around you. Cleansing hands helps prevent a variety of infections because:
- People frequently touch their eyes, nose, and mouth without even realizing it. Germs can get into the body through the mouth, nose, and eyes and make us sick.
- Germs from unwashed hands can be transferred to other objects, like handrails, tabletops, or keyboards, and then be transferred to another person’s hands.
- Removing germs through handwashing therefore helps prevent diarrhea and respiratory infections and may even help prevent skin and eye infections.
In the Brandywine School District, we will establish a culture of hand hygiene by:
- Daily hand washing routines, especially at key times such as bathroom breaks or after playing outside.
- All students will wash their hands prior to eating lunch or snacks.
- All classrooms and offices will be supplied with hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol (per CDC recommendation). Hand sanitizers may be placed near frequently touched surfaces (e.g. doors, shared equipment) and areas where soap and water are not readily available (e.g. cafeterias, classrooms, gym).
- Students at the elementary level will have adult-supervised access and use of the hand sanitizer.
- Staff are to wash hands or use hand sanitizer every time a new group of students enters their room.
Hand Sanitizer Opt-Out
- Children are more apt to develop healthy hygiene habits and routines when the routines at school and at home are similar. Click here to access a video demonstrating the hand washing routine taught and used in BSD elementary classrooms.
- The BSD Facilities Department purchased and installed 750 battery operated, motion-activated soap dispensers. We have a stock of 375 cases of soap on hand.
- In addition, the Facilities Department purchased and installed an additional 250 paper towel dispensers.
To assist in keeping all students and staff as healthy and safe as possible, all parents are responsible for screening their child(ren) using the two-part health screener below before sending them off to school.
All staff are also required to complete the same two-part health screening before arriving at work and entering their assigned building. Any employee who begins to feel ill or develops symptoms associated with COVID-19 while at work must immediately contact their immediate supervisor and the school nurse, isolate themselves, and await further instructions.