How to keep things under control in school
If the school starts on-site classes (daily or hybrid classes), the following protocols must be followed:
- Students and staff must keep a minimum distance of six (6) feet from all others except when simply passing by them.
- No one is allowed to share any item, including lunch, stationary, desks, any items from home, cups, personal hand sanitizers, or anything that passed through the hand of one student. Items may be shared among siblings.
- Students and staff must wash their hands after they have interacted with any high-touch surface, such as doorknobs, faucets, switches, water dispensers, etc.
- No sort of physical contact is allowed at any time on the school premises. The same rule applies before and after school hours.
- Participate in the mandatory fever check at regular intervals as determined by the school.
What if someone is symptomatic
One danger of COVID-19 is in the way it spreads to others. Many times, people are asymptomatic, but still, pass on the disease to others. However, this is something beyond our control. The best we can do is to make sure everyone remains safe if we actually see signs (or symptoms) of the disease on any individual in school.
What are some common symptoms of COVID 19? We thought it would be best to reproduce the statements of the CDC.
CDC: Common COVID-19 symptoms
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
What to do if someone has possible symptoms
So, what should a person do in case they have symptoms of COVID-19?
- Move to the isolation area of the school and remain there until the parents arrive to pick the child up.
- Avoid any sort of further contact with high-touch areas.
- Keep a tissue or something in hand to prevent spread of any fluids.
- Make du`a’ in the mean time that Allah Ta`ala grants everyone shifa’ (a cure) and `afiyah (good health).
In the end, we should all remember that it is Allah Ta`ala that controls our health and our lives. In His hands belongs the Power to control everything.