Health Information for PAWS Families 12/11/21


Sick Policy

PAWS has seen an increase of students being sent to school ill. Please keep your child home if they are ill and follow these guidelines. If you have not identified an emergency contact that can pick up your child for you, this is the time to do so. If in doubt, keep them out. 


Attendance Reporting Form

It is absolutely essential that parents utilize the PAWS Absence Reporting Form. This is the only way the School Nurse can efficiently track illnesses, identify trends, and more importantly, use this system for contact tracing. 


Sending in Masks

Please ensure your child has at least four masks in their backpack each day. The district has a limited supply of masks for backup. Furthermore, supply issues across the country are becoming problematic.


Preschool Close Contact Clarification

A close contact in the classroom is someone who has been within 3 feet of a COVID-19 positive individual while indoors for at least 15 minutes during a 24-hour period and did not meet any of the exemption criteria. Due to the fluid nature of a preschool classroom, most students and staff are in close contact multiple times throughout the day.


Testing Consent

If you would like to provide consent for your child to participate in the WPS COVID-19 viral testing program but have not provided consent, please do so using this Testing Program Consent Link. This includes the Surveillance Pool Testing (once a week), Symptomatic Testing (if they get sick while at school (not intended for students who are sent to school sick)) and Test and Stay (follow up testing if identified as a close contact at school). Here is a link with more information. It is a free program. You must sign up for all three. 


If you have questions of need assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to the School Nurse Zinta ( or to the Director, Rebecca Zieminski (


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