Location & Resources
The School Nurse’s Office is located on the first floor of the Lower School building next to the Toddler Program. The nurse is available on school days from 7:30AM-3:30PM. We stock a wide variety of over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol, Advil, Benadryl, and multiple cough and cold preparations.
The nurse is responsible for dispensing all medication on campus, setting student protocols, and keeping us in compliance with federal and local regulations.
Antilles School will continue to follow the guidance of the Virgin Islands Department of Health regarding prevention strategies based on community levels of transmission. If any of the strategies change, we will pivot to follow the most current guidelines.
As of August 2022:
- Masking is optional for well students, staff, and visitors. Personal choice is respected.
- There will no longer be mass screening tests required unless community spread in the School or a particular area of the School is moderate to high.
- Children or staff who present to the Nurse’s Office with symptoms will be tested prior to going home. Families will be called for permission to test or can choose to test privately.
- Contact tracing will be conducted by the VIDoH for every positive case in School.
- All students and staff who present to the Nurse’s Office with illness symptoms must wear a well-fitting mask to enter the office. Injuries do not need a mask to come for treatment.
- Everyone should be aware of each other’s personal physical space and respect it. (personal space is considered to be 2 to 4 feet apart) Classroom settings will go back to regular spacing.
The main strategies for preventing COVID-19 in Schools are:
- Staying up-to-date on vaccinations
- Staying home when sick
- Optimal ventilation systems to improve indoor air quality to reduce the risk of germs
- Good hand hygiene and covering coughs and sneezes
- Cleaning and disinfection at least once a day to reduce the risk of germs
Regardless of vaccination status, those with COVID-19 should isolate themselves from others. You should also isolate if you are sick and suspect that you have COVID-19 but do not yet have test results.
If your results are positive, follow CDC’s full isolation guidelines.
- Stay home for at least 5 days and isolate from others in your home. You are most infectious during these first 5 days. Wear a high quality mask when you must be around others at home and in public.
- If after 5 days you are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication and your symptoms are improving or you never had symptoms, you can end isolation.
- Regardless of when you end isolation, avoid being around people who are or are likely to get very sick from COVID-19 until at least day 11
- You should continue to wear a high quality mask through day 10.
- If you experienced shortness of breath or had difficulty breathing or if you were hospitalized or have a weakened immune system you need to isolate through day 10. Your doctor should make the decision regarding when to end your isolation in these circumstances.
If your test results are negative, you can end your isolation.