CATTARAUGUS-LITTLE VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT EBOLA SAFETY PROTOCOL
Post in all school building common areas and provide to all staff.
Effective immediately, the following staff protocol will be implemented in District schools:
1) If any student or staff member presents to the school nurse with fever, muscle pain, weakness, severe headache, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, or unexplained bleeding or bruising, the school nurse or school staff member will immediately inquire about recent travel to possible Ebola-affected areas such as Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.
2) Should a student present to the school nurse with symptoms, the parent will be immediately contacted and asked to confirm any recent travel to Ebola-affected areas by the student or other adults with whom the student comes into contact.
3) If an ill student or ill adult is believed to have been in an Ebola-affected area or if they have contact with a person that has traveled to such regions, the following steps shall be immediately followed:
a. School nurses will immediately follow the established protective protocol published by OSHA Guidelines for Public Schools.
b. Isolate the person in an appropriate private room with access to a private bathroom, if possible. Students should be supervised in accordance with district policy.
c. Notify the parent/guardian regarding the student’s symptoms and confirm travel to an Ebola-affected area within the last 21 days or contact with an individual that has travelled to such areas.
d. When an ill person who has confirmed recent travel to Ebola-affected areas is presenting symptoms, the school nurse will immediately contact Cattaraugus County Department of Health at 716-373-8050 or Cattaraugus County Emergency Management Services at 716-938-2213 and report all details, including confirmation of travel to Ebola-affected areas.
e. If the school nurse determines that a life-threatening medical emergency exists, 911 will be called.
f. Contact District Director of NY Statewide Health Services Center @ 585-617-2381 or Medical Director for Cattaraugus-Little Valley Central School at Tri- County Family Medical Services at 716-241-7067.
g. The personal protective equipment (PPE) in schools is insufficient to properly treat/care for the individual. School nurses are not expected to treat/care for a symptomatic individual with confirmed recent travel to an Ebola-affected area. The student or adult shall be placed in isolation and supervised. Deployed emergency personnel shall provide care.
h. If any school surfaces are contaminated with body fluids from the affected person, schools should isolate the area and follow OSHA directives for cleanup and disposal.
The school nurse should not implement the measures described above for students or staff who become sick more than 21 days after returning from an Ebola-affected area. Instead, the school nurse should follow standard protocols for illness.
This protocol is subject to change. Please check the district website for any updates.