News Bulletins

COVID Nurse Letter

Posted Wednesday, September 30, 2020 10:25:08 AM EDT

Parents and Guardians of Middlebury Community Schools:

These certainly are challenging times we are in but we want to start off by thanking you for your help and patience with us as we navigate these uncharted waters. As you all are aware, circumstances are constantly changing as we learn more information about COVID-19. We just wanted to send you a few reminders so that we can keep moving forward toward a new normal with healthy students, staff and teachers.

Please remember to screen your children every morning before you bring them to school with the parent screening tool. If your child has two or more of the symptoms listed on the screening tool, you MUST keep them home. It is best to notify your child’s doctor to inform them of your student’s symptoms and get their recommendations.

If your child is tested for COVID-19, your child may NOT return to school until you get the results. If your child tests negative AND the symptoms that caused you to be tested have improved, your child may return to school. Your child’s respective school nurse must receive a copy of that negative result before returning to school. If a person in the household is getting tested, consider keeping siblings/family members at all grade levels home until results are received. This prevents the spread of COVID-19, should your child come back positive for COVID-19 and ultimately limits those exposed. If your child tests positive, please notify the school immediately.

Please remember that the decisions you make to send your sick child to school could impact many other students and even an entire classroom if your child tests positive for COVID-19. We all have the same goal of wanting our students to remain healthy and safe. As nurses, we understand that not everything is COVID-19. Children get on average eight viruses per year, which is normal. However, since symptoms of COVID-19 are so similar to other common viruses, the only way to know for sure is to get a COVID-19 test. It will be up to the discretion of your student’s respective school nurse to send your child home if they present with symptoms.

Please let us know if you have questions related to COVID-19 or need help finding resources related to COVID-19. Take care of yourselves, be well, and remember, we are all in this together.


Denise Balmer, RN (NHS)
Patsy Stauffer, RN (NMS)
Cindy Ritchie, RN (HIS)
Kathy Byler, RN (JES)
Beth Gleim, RN (MES)
Robbie Hernandez, RN (OVES)
Brittany Yoder, RN (YES)