COVID-19

The number one priority of nursing staff at BCS is to keep our students safe. As we learn more about Covid-19, we will follow the guidance of the Tennessee Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to do our best to keep our students and staff safe and healthy.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19.

Morning Health Assessment

Parents will conduct the COVID-19 self-screening for his/her student(s) each morning. Taking your child’s temperature and asking the questions are required for the assessment. We all need to minimize risks for one another, and this has to become part of our morning routine.
  • Have you had a fever in the last 24 hours?
  • Have you taken medicine to reduce your fever in the last 24 hours? 
  • Have you been in close contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19? 
  • Are you experiencing a cough, shortness of breath, headache, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, nasal congestion or a runny nose? 
  • Have you had a new loss of taste or smell? 
  • Have you had vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours? 
  • Are you awaiting test results for COVID-19? 
·  If you answer “YES” to any of the questions, you must stay home.

Covid-19 Frequently Asked Questions

List of 5 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: What if I have symptoms?

    According to CDC, COVID-19 symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:  
    • Cough  
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
    • Or at least two of these symptoms:  
    • Fever  
    • Chills  
    • Repeated shaking with chills  
    • Muscle pain  
    • Headache  
    • Sore throat  
    • New loss of taste or smell 
    The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
    The virus is thought to spread from person to person
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
    • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
    • Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.
  • Q: What are proper handwashing techniques?

    Students, faculty and staff will be encouraged to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds frequently during the school day. We have multiple locations for handwashing and provide anti-bacterial soap.
    • When handwashing is not possible, we have hand-sanitizer stations located throughout the school that contain at least 60% alcohol sanitizing solution.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.  
    It’s especially important to wash:
    o   Before eating or preparing food
    o   Before touching your face
    o   After using the restroom
    o   After leaving a public place
    o   After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
    o   After handling your cloth face covering
    o   After changing a diaper
    o   After caring for someone sick
    o   After touching animals or pets
    Follow these five steps every time.
    1.     Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
    2.     Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
    3.     Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
    4.     Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
    5.     Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them
    Soap and water are best to use but when not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
    * Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Q: Are face coverings /masks required? 

    Students, staff, and visitors will be asked to wear face coverings this school year to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.  The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected. Here is some basic information on the “why” and “when”:
    (This is subject to change as information on COVID-19 becomes available.)
    • All faculty will be required to wear masks or neck gaiters. You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
    • Little Saints will not be required to wear masks.
    • Students in PK-12th grade will be required to wear masks or neck gaiters.
    • Students will be able to remove their masks during PE, snack and lunch.
    • Students will not be required to wear masks or neck gaiters outdoors.  
    • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
  • Q: What is physical distancing at school?

    Social distancing, also called “physical distancing,” means keeping a safe space between yourself and other people who are not from your household.  At Briarcrest, physical distancing will be encouraged in all areas of school.
    • In early childhood, it will be achieved by limiting the mixing of students in classrooms,
    • All grades will be encouraging outdoor activities, when appropriate.
    • Individual play will be encouraged.
    • “Airplane wings” will be used to encourage spacing between students in hallways and/or common areas.
    • Hallway traffic will promote physical distancing to the extent possible and utilize one-way traffic or walking on a designated side.
    • All classrooms will allow for approximately 36 square feet per student.
    • Our 1st through 12th grade classrooms will have all of the desks facing the front of the room.
  • Q: Should I stay home if I am sick?

    • All faculty and staff are required to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms prior to coming to work each morning. Taking your temperature and asking the questions are required for the self-assessment.
      • Have you had a fever in the last 24 hours?
      • Have you taken medicine to reduce your fever in the last 24 hours?
      • Have you been in close contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19?
      • Are you experiencing a cough, shortness of breath or sore throat?
      • Have you had a new loss of taste or smell?
      • Have you had vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours?
      • Are you awaiting test results for COVID-19?
    • Parents will conduct the COVID-19 self-screening for his/her student(s) each morning. Taking your child’s temperature and asking the questions are required for the assessment. We all need to minimize risks for one another and this has to become part of our morning routine.
For more information or questions,  contact your division school nurse or visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html