Dear Duke School Families,
Duke School will discontinue daily temperature screenings in carline of all students beginning on Wednesday, April 28.
We have made this decision in consultation with the Durham County Health Department and our Clinical Advisory Group, and following regular review of CDC guidelines and updates for symptom screening in K-12 schools.
While the CDC does not currently recommend that schools conduct symptom screening for all students in K-12 on a routine (e.g., daily) basis, the CDC continues to offer guidance that parents, caregivers, and guardians should be “strongly encouraged to monitor their children for symptoms of infectious illness every day through home-based symptom screening.” Based on this guidance, parents will continue to be required to complete the Ascend App daily, and we ask that each parent continue to monitor their child(ren) for signs of illness, including a fever. As a reminder, children exhibiting a fever should be kept at home, not given fever-reducing medication and sent to school.
Carline will continue to begin at 8am each morning, and children should wait until they see the teacher/staff member arrive at carline before getting out of their cars. At the preschool, parents will continue to walk their child to their classroom doors as has been the practice. At the Lower School and Middle School carlines, children can exit their cars along the sidewalk of the carline area.
Thank you for your support as always,