Children with symptoms of COVID-19 who have tested positive should quarantine until at least 10 days have passed since their symptoms first appeared AND be fever free for at least 48 hours (two full days without the use of medicine that reduces fever) AND other symptoms have improved (for example, symptoms of cough or shortness of breath have improved). A doctor’s note will be required to return to school.
Children who have symptoms and have tested negative should stay home and away from others for 48-72 hours, dependent upon current guidance from the Department of Health, after their fever has ended without the use of fever-reducing medications. A doctor’s note will be required to return to school.
According to state law, we will not permit any child who has had the following symptoms or illnesses WITHIN THE PAST 48 HOURS to attend school:
- Severe pain or discomfort
- Acute diarrhea, characterized as twice the child’s usual frequency of bowel movements with a change to a looser consistency within a period of 24 hours, or bloody diarrhea
- Two or more episodes of acute vomiting within a period of 24 hours
- Elevated axillary temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or over in conjunction with behavior changes
- Lethargy that is more than expected tiredness
- Yellow eyes or jaundiced skin
- Red eyes with discharge
- Infected, untreated skin patches
- Difficult rapid breathing or severe coughing
- Skin rashes in conjunction with fever or behavior changes
- Weeping or bleeding skin lesions that have not been treated by a health care provider
- Mouth sores with drooling
- Stiff neck
Additionally, a child must be FEVER FREE (WITHOUT FEVER-REDUCING MEDICATIONS) FOR 48 HOURS before returning to school. Once the child is symptom-free or a licensed physician has given written indication that the child poses no serious threat, the child may return to school.
If a child becomes ill in school or exhibits any of these symptoms, the child will be brought to the Director’s office, and the parent or emergency contact will be called immediately to pick up the child (See ILLNESS POLICY above).