COVID-19 Updates for GMSD Employees
The Germantown Municipal School District is committed to providing the most up to date resources and information regarding the Road to Reopen for the 2020-2021 School Year. District Administration will continue to monitor guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Tennessee Department of Educaiton (TDOE) Reopening Guidance, The Shelby County Heath Department, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Although information is subject to change based on recommendations from these government agencies, please check the Germantown Municipal School District webpage for the most acurate information.
HR Guiding Principal: To implement procedures that help to keep students and staff safe & healthy, which allows for schools to continue to stay open during the 2020-2021 school year.
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Q1 What is the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how is it transmitted?
- The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person-to-person. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the virus is principally spread person-to-person mainly via respiratory droplets produced when and infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other viruses that cause respiratory illness spread. It may also spread when a person touches a surface or object that has virus upon it and then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth or in other ways.
- The most common COVID-19 symptoms include fever and dry cough. They sometimes include sore throat, fatigue, shaking, muscle aches, chills, new loss of smell or taste, aches and pains, headaches, and shortness of breath.
- The district will have several precautions in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, so instruction will have the fewest disruptions. Masks will be required in hallways and common areas throughout the building. District and School Administration will continue to monitor guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) and will keep the staff and community informed with any changes in recommendations from the CDC.
Q3 How can I be tested for COVID-19?
- Testing for COVID-19 by the Shelby County Health Department is now available at no cost for anyone experiencing even mild symptoms. Visit the Shelby County Heath Department Page for a list of locations. Call in advance to make an appointment.
- The Shelby County Health Department asks that you do not go to a doctor’s office for COVID-19 testing unless your doctor has instructed you to do so.
- If your doctor has instructed you to be tested in their office, your medical coverage with the district is covering the cost of your COVID testing. You will not be charged a copay and, if you need to go out of network, you will not be charged out of network fees. If you have questions regarding your medical plan through the district, you may contact Health Cost Solution at 1-800-526-3919.
Q4 What do I do if I am diagnosed with COVID-19?
- 1st and foremost, stay home and take care of yourself.
- Immediately contact Human Resources.
- Follow CDC guidance for self-care.
- Employees should not return to work until they have met the criteria to discontinue home isolation:
- At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); AND,
- At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared;
- Keep supervisor informed of return to work status.