The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) have released new guidance regarding temperature checks at schools.
The guidance says that the CDC does not recommend schools continue to conduct COVID-19 symptom screening for students and staff on a daily basis. Hardin County Schools will follow this new recommendation when students return from Spring Break on April 12, 2021.
HCS students and staff will no longer have to take their temperature when they arrive at school or their workplace. The district will continue to provide services through each school’s Healthy Kids Clinic (Cumberland Family Medical) for students who have health concerns or who present any new ones.
The CDC, KDE and Hardin County Schools still strongly encourage parents, caregivers or guardians to monitor their children for symptoms of infectious illness every day through home-based symptom screening. If children exhibit any of the following symptoms, they should remain at home:
- A temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher
- New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing
- New rash
- GI symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea, etc.)
Temperatures will only be required to be taken for individuals who are exhibiting symptoms of an infectious disease. Additionally, individuals entering an HCS event will no longer need to complete a questionnaire regarding COVID-19 symptoms.