PCR VS. ANTIGEN TESTING
There has been some confusion about PCR vs. antigen testing for COVID-19.
If a child stays home OR has been sent home with symptoms of COVID-19 and you wish to have them tested, KMSD requires a negative PCR test, which follows the CDC and Waukesha County guidelines for schools. This is for children with symptoms.
Not every doctor’s office automatically does PCR testing. Please verify the type of testing before having it done.
Documented proof of a negative PCR test is required before a child is allowed back in the classroom along with the child being symptom free for at least 24 hours without the use of medication.
Feel free to email your health staff or call the COVID-19 RN or Health Hotline if you have any questions.
- District COVID-19 RN-Direct line: 262-968-6300, ext 5334
- KMSD Health Hotline 262-968-6369 (District Nurse, Patricia Schuetz RN & Jenny Pick, RN)
HOW IS COVID-19 SPREAD?
COVID-19 appears to be spread primarily through droplets from the throat and nose. This means that people with COVID-19 can spread it to others when they cough, sneeze, or even talk if someone else near them breathes in those droplets. The droplets may also be on objects or surfaces, so if an individual comes into contact with those objects and touches their mouth or eyes, the virus can spread.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19?
IS IT COVID-19, THE FLU, A COLD, ALLERGIES OR ASTHMA?
WHEN SHOULD I SEEK MEDICAL ADVICE?
- When you develop the symptoms listed above.
- If you have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
IS THERE A TESTING SITE IN WAUKESHA COUNTY?
The National Guard is providing testing support for next Monday/Tuesday (10/5-10/6) from 10am to 6pm, at the Waukesha County Expo Center grounds.
People should pre-register, if possible, at https://register.covidconnect.wi.gov/en-US/
In addition the Waukesha County Clinic COVID Testing Site is open with English and Spanish servicesWhere? 16th Street Clinic, 309 E. North St., Waukesha (by the bus station in Aurora)What? They will have drive-up sites (people encouraged to stay in their car) OR a walk-up site for COVID testingWhen? M-F from 1-3 pmWho? People with symptoms of COVIDHow? People with symptoms call (262) 408-2530 for triage first. The clinic will then be alerted there is a person coming in for testing.When do I get results? 1-2 daysDo I need insurance? No, people with and without insurance will be tested.
WHAT ARE THE BEST PREVENTION STRATEGIES?
- Stay home when you are sick
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue and wash your hands
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60 percent alcohol
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Disinfect frequently-touched surfaces often
- Currently, it is not a recommendation from the CDC or Department of Health to wear a mask
WHERE CAN I GET UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ON COVID-19?
Please visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's site at:
WHERE CAN I GET LOCAL HEALTH INFORMATION ON COVID-19?
Please visit the Waukesha County Public Health Department's site at:
Please visit the Wisconsin Department Of Health Services site at:
HOW CAN I TALK TO MY CHILD/CHILDREN ABOUT COVID-19?
Concern over this new virus can make children and families anxious. While we don’t know where and to what extent the disease may spread in the United States, we do know it is contagious, the severity of illness can vary from individual to individual, and there are steps we can all take to prevent the spread of infection. Acknowledging some level of concern, without panicking, is appropriate and can result in taking actions that reduce the risk of illness. CLICK HERE FOR HELPFUL GUIDELINES provided by the National Association of School Psychologist and the National Association of School Nurses.
Also consider visiting the following sites for tips on talking to children about COVID-19:
WHAT AREAS OF THE WORLD ARE MOST IMPACTED?
Click here to view an interactive map provided by Johns Hopkins C SSE
HOW DO I USE AND WASH A FACE MASK?
Click here to view this helpful guide on protective facemasks