COVID Information for Families

The following is what you can expect if your student visits the school nurse and is not feeling well or is showing one or more of the mild or significant symptoms of COVID:

Mild Symptoms
Include headache, fatigue, muscle/body aches, congestion, nausea, diarrhea, stomach ache, sore throat, vomiting, etc.

Significant Symptoms
Include cough, fever, chills, shortness of breath, a new loss of taste and/or smell, etc.

The school nurse will assess the student and contact parents to obtain the student’s history if a nurse form is not on file.

If a known cause for the symptom(s) can be determined (i.e., asthma, allergies, etc.), and there is no known exposure to COVID, the student will be treated and returned to class.

If a known cause cannot be determined, and the student is suspected to be contagious (1 significant symptom or multiple mild symptoms) AND the illness is impacting the student’s ability to learn, parents will be asked to pick the student up from school for a 24-hour observation. Based on CDC and DPH guidance, COVID testing is suggested. If symptoms subside and there are no new signs of illness, the student may return to school after the 24-hour observation.

If symptoms have not improved after the 24-hour observation period and there is NO connection to a COVID exposure, parents may:

  1. Choose to have the student tested immediately for COVID with either a rapid or PCR test;
    • If the student's test is negative, parents should keep the student at home until symptoms have improved and then the student may return to school;
    • If the student's test is positive, parents will proceed with following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) isolation guidance for 10 days and notify the school of the positive test;
      • With symptoms, the length of isolation is 10 days from when symptoms started, returning to school on day 11;
      • With no symptoms, the length of isolation is 10 days from the date of the positive test; return to school on day 11.
  2. Obtain a signed doctor’s note indicating the student is not contagious.
  3. Self-isolate for 10 days from the date symptoms began.

If there is a connection to a confirmed COVID case:

The student may not return to school until they have completed one of the two quarantine options listed below based on DPH guidance. Parents must notify the school of their quarantine choice:

Option 1

7-day quarantine period with the following requirements NOTE: (Child may test AND return on day 5 if the test is negative)

  • A test for COVID-19 given no sooner than Day 5 after exposure
  • Does not show any signs or symptoms of COVID-19
  • Masks are highly recommended
Option 2

10-day quarantine period (return on day 11) if no symptoms have been reported during daily self-monitoring with the following requirements:

  • Masks are highly recommended along with continued self-monitoring of symptoms
  • Does not show any signs or symptoms of COVID-19