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Morgan County Schools Change of Health Protocol – Student Temperature Checks

Beginning Thursday, November 5, 2020, Morgan County Schools will no longer require universal temperature screenings of students.  School buildings will continue to open at 7:45 A.M. to warmly welcome students.  Staff and adult visitors will continue to have their temperatures screened upon entry.  

 

The TN Department of Health and the CDC have retracted guidance concerning student temperature checks as an effective means for schools to identify potential COVID-19 cases.  Our district will eliminate morning temperature checks for students, and instead ask parents/guardians to continue to closely monitor their child’s health before school each day and keep them home if ill.  
Students should NOT attend school if their temperature is >100.4 or the student has symptoms of illness. Please check your child for these symptoms to determine if they should report to school.  
  • Temperature 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher in the last 48 hours

  • Sore throat
  • New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (for students with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline)
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain in the last 24 hours
  • New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever
  • Close contact (within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more) with a person with confirmed COVID-19 

Please communicate with school officials in regards to attendance due to illness.  Maintaining consistent instruction while protecting the health, safety, and wellbeing of our students, staff, and families is our highest priority.